Tuesday, July 26, 2005


Canucks Fans Hop Right Back on the Bandwagon

Despite the lockout and the negativity generated by all involved, Canadian hockey fans are pretty much willing to forgive and forget in some sense and the fans here in Vancouver are pretty pumped about the upcoming season.

All the Vancouver Canucks had to do to win back their fans was say: Game on.

Even with the status of their two biggest stars in limbo, fans trying to get their hands on season tickets flooded the box office this past weekend.

"The waiting list has grown dramatically since we announced that we're playing hockey in the fall," Canucks general manager Dave Nonis said Monday.

"And, we're already pushing a 90 per cent [season-ticket] renewal rate right now."

GM Dave Nonis has been pretty non-commital about lowering ticket prices. This has to be the first quote I've heard from him on this topic:
Nonis has not yet announced ticket prices for this season but did say there is a good chance they will be frozen, or possibly discounted.

"We may go lower once we make a determination of what it's going to cost to put our team on the ice," Nonis said.

I'd be shocked if the Canucks lowered ticket prices for the regular folk. Why would they? If the Canucks can easily sell tickets at this juncture, what is the use of lowering prices and basically giving away profits? I seriously doubt we'll be seeing any discounts on single-game tickets.

Note to Vancouver Mediots: When the inevitable comes and the Canucks don't lower ticket prices like Gary Bettman promised, please do not whine and moan and complain like the little children you are.

Feel free to borrow one of my Economics textbooks and read an early chapter on Supply and Demand. If the Canucks can charge $300 per ticket and sell out GM Place, why would they lower prices when they cannot increase supply?

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