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NHL Franchise Notes: Ducks Season-Ticket Sales Rise Sharply
Published May 25, 2007
|Ducks’ Trip To Stanley Cup Finals
Expected To Boost Season-Ticket Sales
RED WINGS: Also in L.A., Helene Elliott reported the Red Wings “didn’t sell out any of nine home playoff games, ending a streak of 452 consecutive sellouts.” While the announced attendance was “often close to capacity ... the large clusters of empty seats told of an economic alienation” between the team and fans. The average regular-season Red Wings ticket was $43.13, but the cheapest first-round playoff seat cost $63. The most expensive was $144, which increased each round and topped out at $225 for the conference finals (L.A. TIMES, 5/24).
LIGHTNING: In St. Petersburg, Damian Cristodero reports the Lightning will not cut payroll next year and it “might even end up higher than last season’s $44[M].” Lightning Exec VP & GM Jay Feaster said that he believes Palace Sports & Entertainment Owner Bill Davidson “will allow payroll to go higher if the team plays well and needs to add pieces” next season (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 5/25).