SBD/August 21, 2013/Franchises

Blackhawks, Maple Leafs Adopt New Pricing Structures To Increase Cost For Top Games

The Blackhawks have "increased prices on single-game tickets for the 2013-14 season while creating a second tier of prices for what the club deemed 'premier games' based on the date or the opponent," according to Brian Hamilton of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. The exact increase on single-game tickets "depends on the price level and game but the overall average" increase is 17%. Then there are the 12 games on the "premier" tier for '13-14, which "appear to carry an additional $20 to $50 charge per ticket." The Blackhawks in May announced an "increase in season-ticket prices as well," which was "an average hike" of 16% (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/21). Meanwhile, in Toronto, Lance Hornby reports that "just in time for a new-look NHL schedule with all 29 opponents coming to the Air Canada Centre, the Maple Leafs are going to charge fans more to see premium teams." That could mean "hiking up the prices for old rivals" like the Canadiens, Bruins, Sabres, Senators and new Atlantic Division foe, the Red Wings. MLSE COO Tom Anselmi yesterday said that the pricing details "have yet to be finalized" (TORONTO SUN, 8/21).
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