SBJ/September 30 - October 6, 2002/Special Report

NHL franchise directory

Editor's note: This story is revised from the print edition.

Anaheim Mighty Ducks

Owner: The Walt Disney Co. paid a $50 million expansion fee in 1992.

Arena/capacity (year opened): Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim/17,174 (1993)

Arena owner: City of Anaheim

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: Aramark (both)

No. of suites/price range: 84/$100,000-$150,000

No. of club seats/price range: 1,800/$6,900-$9,500

Naming rights/terms: Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water/$19.5 million, 13-year deal through 2006

2001-02 attendance (% change): 492,089 (-11.2%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 12,002 (69.9%)


Atlanta Thrashers

Owner: Time Warner paid an $80 million expansion fee in 1997. America Online acquired Time Warner, including the team, for $165 billion in 2000.

Arena/capacity (year opened): Philips Arena/18,545 (1999)

Arena owner: Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: In-house/Levy Restaurants and Buckhead Life Restaurant Group

No. of suites/price range: 92/$135,000-$225,000

No. of club seats/price range: 1,866/$3,400-$17,000

Naming rights/terms: Royal Philips Electronics/$185 million, 20-year deal through 2019

2001-02 attendance (% change): 560,404 (-10.4%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 13,668 (73.7%)


Boston Bruins

Owner: Jeremy M. Jacobs bought the team and Boston Garden from Storer Broadcasting for $10 million in 1975.

Arena/capacity (year opened): FleetCenter/17,565 (1995)

Arena owner: NBG Corp., a subsidiary of Delaware North Cos.

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: Sportservice (both)

No. of suites/price range: 108/NA

No. of club seats/price range: 2,442/NA

Naming rights/terms: Fleet Financial Group Inc./$30 million, 15-year deal through 2010

2001-02 attendance (% change): 631,546 (-0.2%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 15,404 (87.7%)


Buffalo Sabres

Owner: The NHL has taken over the club and is seeking a buyer after Adelphia Communications filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year and John Rigas was arrested on July 24 on charges of fraud and criminal self-dealing. Rigas is the founder and former chairman and CEO of Adelphia. The Rigas family held 100 percent ownership of the team. NHL officials are coordinating the search for new ownership.

Arena/capacity (year opened): HSBC Arena/18,690 (1996)

Arena owner: Niagara Frontier Holdings LP

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: Sportservice (both)

No. of suites/price range: 80/$89,000-$160,000

No. of club seats/price: 2,500/$3,321

Naming rights/terms: HSBC Bank USA/$24 million, 30-year deal through 2026

2001-02 attendance (% change): 705,828 (-3.5%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 17,215 (92.1%)


Calgary Flames

Owner: A group of investors bought the Atlanta Flames for $16 million in 1980 and moved the team to Calgary.

Arena/capacity (year opened): Pengrowth Saddledome/17,158 (1983)

Arena owner: Calgary Flames Partnership

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: In-house (both)

No. of suites/price range: 74/NA

No. of club seats/price range: 1,640/$3,600

Naming rights/terms: Pengrowth Management Ltd./$20 million, 20-year deal through 2016

2001-02 attendance (% change): 644,466 (-5.4%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 15,719 (91.6%)


Carolina Hurricanes

Owner: Peter Karmanos Jr., Thomas Thewes and Jim Rutherford bought the Hartford (Conn.) Whalers from Richard Gordon and a group of corporations for $47.5 million in 1994. They moved the team to North Carolina in 1997.

Arena/capacity (year opened): RBC Center/19,000 (1999)

Arena owner: Centennial Authority

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: In-house (both)

No. of suites/price range: 75/$85,000-$160,000

No. of club seats/price range: 2,000/$2,420-$4,180

Naming rights/terms: RBC Centura Bank/$80 million, 20-year deal through 2022

2001-02 attendance (% change): 635,868 (+16.2%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 15,509 (82.8%)


Chicago Blackhawks

Owner: James Norris, James D. Norris and Arthur M. Wirtz bought controlling interest in the team from Bill Tobin in 1952. The team now is solely owned by the Wirtz family.

Arena/capacity (year opened): United Center/20,500 (1994)

Arena owner: United Center Joint Venture

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: Bismarck Food Service (both)

No. of suites/price range: 212/$70,000-$300,000

No. of club seats/price range: 3,000/$50-$60 per game, plus a $1,000 premium

Naming rights/terms: UAL Corp./$36 million, 20-year deal through 2014

2001-02 attendance (% change): 638,324 (+3.8%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 15,569 (75.9%)


Colorado Avalanche

Owner: Stan Kroenke bought the team, the Denver Nuggets and the Pepsi Center from Liberty Media for $450 million in 2000.

Arena/capacity (year opened): Pepsi Center/18,007 (1999)

Arena owner: Team owner

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: Aramark/Levy Restaurants

No. of suites/price range: 95/$125,000-$250,000

No. of club seats/price range: 1,900/$6,450-$10,320

Naming rights/terms: PepsiCo/$68 million, 20-year deal through 2019

2001-02 attendance (% change): 738,287 (0.0%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 18,007 (100.0%)


Columbus Blue Jackets

Owner: John H. McConnell, Wolfe Enterprises Inc. and Ron Pizzuti paid an $80 million expansion fee in 1997.

Arena/capacity (year opened): Nationwide Arena/18,136 (2000)

Arena owner: Nationwide Realty Investors

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: Sportservice (both)

No. of suites/price range: 52/$120,000-$150,000

No. of club seats/price range: 1,500/$3,420-$3,870

Naming rights/terms: Nationwide Insurance/$135 million, indefinite deal (a)

2001-02 attendance (% change): 743,578 (3.9%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 18,136 (100.0%)


Dallas Stars

Owner: Thomas O. Hicks bought the team from Norman Green for $84 million in 1995. Earlier this month, Hicks announced his interest in selling the team and his stake in American Airlines Center.

Arena/capacity (year opened): American Airlines Center/18,532 (2001)

Arena owner: City of Dallas

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: Sportservice/Well Bread (b)

No. of suites/price range: 143/$3,750-$5,000 per game

No. of club seats/price range: 2000/$90-$135 per game

Naming rights/terms: American Airlines Inc./$196 million, 30-year deal through 2031

2001-02 attendance (% change): 759,812 (+9.0%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 18,532 (100.0%)


Detroit Red Wings

Owner: Michael and Marian Ilitch bought the team from the Norris family for $8 million in 1982.

Arena/capacity (year opened): Joe Louis Arena/20,056 (1979)

Arena owner: City of Detroit

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: Olympia Entertainment (both)

No. of suites/price range: 83/$35,000-$115,000 (c)

No. of club seats: 0

Naming rights: None

2001-02 attendance (% change): 822,373 (+0.3%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 20,058 (100.0%)


Edmonton Oilers

Owner: A group headed by Cal Nichols bought the team from Peter Pocklington for $68.8 million in 1998. The Alberta Treasury Branches had assumed management of Pocklington's assets in November 1997 and oversaw the selling of the team in order to recover an $84 million loan.

Arena/capacity (year opened): Skyreach Centre/16,839 (1974)

Arena owner: City of Edmonton

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: Sportservice (both)

No. of suites/price range: 66/NA

No. of club seats/price range: 3,323/$4,355-$4,967

Naming rights/terms: Skyreach Equipment Ltd./$3.4 million, 5-year deal through 2003

2001-02 attendance (% change): 680,307 (+6.3%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 16,593 (98.5%)


Florida Panthers

Owner: In June 2001, a group headed by Florida-based Andrx Co. founder Alan Cohen paid $104.7 million to purchase the team from publicly held Boca Resorts Inc. The ownership group includes former NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar.

Arena/capacity (year opened): Office Depot Center/19,250 (1998)

Arena owner: Broward County

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: Boston Concessions (both)

No. of suites/price range: 74/NA

No. of club seats/price range: 2,300/NA

Naming rights/terms: Office Depot/$14 million, 10-year deal through 2012

2001-02 attendance (% change): 659,440 (+9.6%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 16,084 (83.6%)


Los Angeles Kings

Owner: Philip Anschutz and Edward P. Roski Jr. bought the team from Jeffrey Sudikoff and Joseph Cohen for $113.25 million in 1995.

Arena/capacity (year opened): Staples Center/18,118 (1999)

Arena owner: Anschutz Entertainment Group

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: Aramark/Levy Restaurants

No. of suites/price range: 160/$200,000-$300,000

No. of club seats/price range: 2,400/$12,500-$17,775

Naming rights/terms: Staples Inc./$116 million, 20-year deal through 2019

2001-02 attendance (% change): 687,002 (+4.4%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 16,756 (92.5%)


Minnesota Wild

Owner: A group headed by Robert Naegele Jr. paid an $80 million expansion fee in 1997.

Arena/capacity (year opened): Xcel Energy Center/18,064 (2000)

Arena owner: City of St. Paul

Concessionaire/premium seat caterers: Volume Services America/Volume Services America and Wildside Caterers (d)

No. of suites/price range: 74/$88,000-$150,000

No. of club seats/price range: 2,800/$2,860-$3,300

Naming rights/terms: Xcel Energy Inc./$75 million, 25-year deal through 2024

2001-02 attendance (% change): 756,686 (+0.7%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 18,456 (102.2%)


Montreal Canadiens

Owner: Booth Creek Ski Holdings Chairman George Gillett purchased 80.1 percent of the team and Bell Centre for $183 million in 2001. Molson Cos. Ltd. retained a 19.9 percent stake in the franchise.

Arena/capacity (year opened): Bell Centre/21,242 (1996)

Arena owner: Booth Creek Ski Holdings

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: In-house/Levy Restaurants

No. of suites/price range: 135/$47,641-$95,283

No. of club seats/price range: NA

Naming rights/terms: Bell Canada/$63.2 million, 20-year deal through 2022

2001-02 attendance (% change): 821,140 (-0.4%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 20,028 (94.1%)


Nashville Predators

Owner: Craig Leipold and Gaylord Entertainment paid an $80 million expansion fee in 1997. Leipold owns 80 percent and Gaylord owns 20 percent.

Arena/capacity (year opened): Gaylord Entertainment Center/17,113 (1996)

Arena owner: Sports Authority, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: Sportservice/Levy Restaurants

No. of suites/price range: 72/$95,000-$130,000

No. of club seats/price range: 1,800/$3,075-$3,485

Naming rights/terms: Gaylord Entertainment/$80 million, 20-year deal through 2018

2001-02 attendance (% change): 606,347 (-4.6%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 14,789 (86.4%)


New Jersey Devils

Owner: Puck Holdings LLC, an affiliate of YankeeNets, bought the team from John McMullen for $175 million in 2000.

Arena/capacity (year opened): Continental Airlines Arena/19,040 (1981)

Arena owner: New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: Aramark (both)

No. of suites/price range: NA

No. of club seats: 0

Naming rights/terms: Continental Airlines/$21 million, 15-year deal through 2011

2001-02 attendance (% change): 652,957 (+6.3%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 15,926 (83.6%)


New York Islanders

Owner: Charles Wang and Sanjay Kumar bought the team from Howard and Edward Milstein and Steven Gluckstern for $190 million in 2000.

Arena/capacity (year opened): Nassau Veteran Memorial Coliseum/16,297 (1972)

Arena owner: Nassau County

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: Aramark (both)

No. of suites/price range: NA

No. of club seats/price range: NA/$4,326-$4,452

Naming rights: None

2001-02 attendance (% change): 596,498 (+28.4%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 14,549 (89.3%)


New York Rangers

Owner: The team and the arena are owned by Madison Square Garden LP, which is owned by Rainbow Media Holdings, which in turn is 40 percent owned by Fox Entertainment Group and 60 percent owned by Cablevision Systems Corp.

Arena/capacity (year opened): Madison Square Garden/18,200 (1968)

Arena owner: Madison Square Garden LP

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: In-house (both)

No. of suites/price range: NA

No. of club seats/price range: NA

Naming rights: None

2001-02 attendance (% change): 739,582 (-0.9%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 18,039 (99.1%)


Ottawa Senators

Owner: Rod Bryden bought 50 percent of the team from Bruce Firestone in 1993, giving him 80 percent interest.

Arena/capacity (year opened): Corel Centre/18,500 (1996)

Arena owner: Palladium Corp.

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: Aramark (both)

No. of suites/price range: 147/$44,465-$95,283

No. of club seats/price range: 2,376/$3,667

Naming rights/terms: Corel Corp./$17.6 million, 20-year deal through 2016

2001-02 attendance (% change): 693,684 (-4.9%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 16,919 (91.5%)


Philadelphia Flyers

Owner: The team was part of a $250 million joint venture created in 1996 by Comcast and Spectacor. Comcast owns 66 percent of the team, Spectacor owns 32 percent and Pat Croce owns 2 percent.

Arena/capacity (year opened): First Union Center/19,523 (1996)

Arena owner: Comcast-Spectacor

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: Aramark (both)

No. of suites/price range: 126/$91,000-$205,000

No. of club seats/price range: 1,810/$6,600-$15,000

Naming rights/terms: First Union Corp./$40 million, 29-year deal through 2023 (e)

2001-02 attendance (% change): 802,337 (0.0%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 19,569 (100.2%)


Phoenix Coyotes

Owner: Steve Ellman bought the team from Richard Burke for $125 million in 2000. The ownership group includes NHL legend Wayne Gretzky.

Arena/capacity (year opened): America West Arena/15,330 (1992)

Arena owner: City of Phoenix

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: Levy Restaurants (both)

No. of suites/price range: NA

No. of club seats/price range: NA

Naming rights/terms: America West Airlines/$26 million, 30-year deal through 2019

2001-02 attendance (% change): 539,770 (-7.4%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 13,165 (85.9%)


Pittsburgh Penguins

Owner: A group headed by Mario Lemieux bought the team for $70 million from Howard Baldwin and Roger Marino in 1999.

Arena/capacity (year opened): Mellon Arena/16,958 (1961)

Arena owner: City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: Aramark (both)

No. of suites/price range: 54/NA

No. of club seats/price range: 1,600/NA

Naming rights/terms: Mellon Financial Corp./$18 million, 10-year deal through 2009

2001-02 attendance (% change): 641,615 (-2.2%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 15,649 (92.3%)


San Jose Sharks

Owner: A group of 11 investors led by Silicon Valley technology executives and team management bought the team in May from George and Gordon Gund for $80 million in cash and the assumption of between $40 million and $45 million in debt. George Gund retained 15 percent of the club.

Arena/capacity (year opened): HP Pavilion at San Jose/17,496 (1993)

Arena owner: City of San Jose

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: Aramark (both)

No. of suites/price range: 65/$100,000-$200,000

No. of club seats/price range: 3,000/$3,652-$4,752

Naming rights/terms: Hewlett-Packard Co./$47 million, 15-year deal through 2016 (f)

2001-02 attendance (% change): 714,337 (-0.3%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 17,423 (99.6%)


St. Louis Blues

Owner: Bill and Nancy Laurie bought the team and arena from Clark Enterprises for $100 million in 1999.

Arena/capacity (year opened): Savvis Center/19,022 (1994)

Arena owner: Paige Sports Entertainment

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: In-house (both)

No. of suites/price range: 91/$60,000-$80,000 (g)

No. of club seats/price: 1,750/$3,818

Naming rights/terms: Savvis Communications Corp./$70 million, 20-year deal through 2020

2001-02 attendance (% change): 777,695 (-2.8%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 18,968 (99.7%)


Tampa Bay Lightning

Owner: Palace Sports and Entertainment bought the team and the lease for the St. Pete Times Forum from Arthur Williams for $115 million in 1999.

Arena/capacity (year opened): St. Pete Times Forum/19,758 (1996)

Arena owner: Tampa Sports Authority

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: Sportservice (both)

No. of suites/prices: 81/$37,000 for 25 percent share, $75,000 for 50 percent share (h)

No. of club seats/price range: 3,717/$2,795-$5,000

Naming rights/terms: St. Petersburg Times/$30 million, 12-year deal through 2014 (i)

2001-02 attendance (% change): 644,610 (+5.5%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 15,722 (79.6%)


Toronto Maple Leafs

Owner: Steve Stavro formed MLG Ventures to acquire 19.9 percent of Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd., the group that owned the team, for $54.9 million from the estate of Harold Ballard in 1994. Stavro took Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd. private and paid minority shareholders $49.50 per share to increase his stake in 1996.

Arena/capacity (year opened): Air Canada Centre/18,819 (1999)

Arena owner: Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: In-house/JJ Muggs Gourmet Catering

No. of suites/price range: 112/$38,113-$190,566

No. of club seats/price range: 1,020/NA

Naming rights/terms: Air Canada Inc./$30.4 million, 20-year deal through 2019

2001-02 attendance (% change): 790,457 (+0.1%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 19,279 (102.4%)


Vancouver Canucks

Owner: John McCaw bought controlling interest in Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment, which owned 87 percent of the team, from Arthur Griffiths for $80.2 million in 1995. McCaw Bought out Griffiths' remaining interest in 1996.

Arena/capacity (year opened): General Motors Place/18,422 (1995)

Arena owner: Team owner

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: Aramark (both)

No. of suites/price range: 88/$36,207-$99,729

No. of club seats/price range: 2,195/$3,430

Naming rights/terms: General Motors Corp./$16.9 million, 20-year deal through 2015

2001-02 attendance (% change): 726,226 (+4.0%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 17,713 (96.2%)


Washington Capitals

Owner: A group headed by Ted Leonsis bought the team from Washington Sports and Entertainment LP for $85 million in 1999.

Arena/capacity (year opened): MCI Center/18,678 (1997)

Arena owner: Washington Sports and Entertainment LP

Concessionaire/premium seat caterer: Aramark/Levy Restaurants

No. of suites/price range: 110/$150,000-$325,000

No. of club seats/price: 2,500/$10,518

Naming rights/terms: MCI/$44 million, 20-year deal through 2017

2001-02 attendance (% change): 710,990 (+11.6%)

2001-02 avg. attendance (% capacity): 17,341 (92.9%)


Note: Teams can exceed 100 percent capacity because of standing-room-only ticket sales.

NA: Not available

Canadian prices converted to U.S. dollars at a rate of $1 U.S.=$1.57426 Canadian.

(a) Nationwide Insurance assumed naming rights for the arena as part of its deal to build and own the facility.

(b) Well Bread is a division of Sportservice.

(c) Suites are available as quarter-suites, half-suites and full suites. Quarter-suites cost $35,000, half-suites cost $70,000 and full suites cost $115,000

(d) Wildside Caterers is a joint venture between Morrissey Hospitality Cos. and Minnesota Hockey Ventures Group and was created to operate premium food services.

(e) First Union Corp. acquired naming right to the Philadelphia Flyers' home through a merger with CoreStates Financial Corp. in 1997.

(f) Hewlett-Packard acquired naming rights to the San Jose Sharks' home through a merger with Compaq Computer Corp. in May.

(g) Excludes pricing information for designated Club suites, which team officials said are sold out and for which pricing information on existing leases was not available at press time. Listed information is for designated Penthouse suites only.

(h) No full-share suites are currently available, according to team officials, and pricing information for existing leases was not available at press time.

(i) The St. Petersburg Times has the option at the end of 12 years to renew for 12 more years.

Sources: Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal research, the teams

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