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Volume 24 No. 117
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Blackhawks Set To Raise Season-Ticket Prices By Average Of 8% For Next Season

The Blackhawks "will raise season ticket prices" by an average of 8% next season, marking the team's "fifth straight year of boosting the price of admission" for games at United Center, according to Danny Ecker of CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS. Season-ticket prices for '14-15 "start at $42 per game for the cheapest upper deck seats -- up from $36 this season." The increase follows a 16% jump this year and "will bring the overall average ticket price for Hawks games to $78.79 per game." The new figures "would clock in as the fourth-most expensive average price in the NHL" behind only the Maple Leafs, Canucks and Jets. The price hike also will mean seats "will have jumped" by 68% since '09. Season tickets "comprise about" 75% of seats for the team (CHICAGOBUSINESS.com, 3/21). The Blackhawks said that those who hold season tickets "receive discounts" of 25-49% percent over single-game buyers. The renewal rate for season tickets last year "was more than" 99% (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/23).