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Empty Seats at Blue Jacket Games

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    pilsner
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    The Blue Jackets average home attendance is 15,273 through 34 games this season. That ranks 21st in the NHL. Last season, the CBJ drew 15,543 fans and ranked 25th.

    The last three home games have drawn 13,603 (Oilers) and 16,453 (Blues) and 13,459 (Thrashers).

    So there have been a lot of empty seats despite the excitement generated for hockey from the Olympics.

    The Forward Together Columbus group formed a few months ago to lobby for a hockey/arena bailout.

    Maybe Columbus just can’t support an NHL team for the long haul. Some pro sports teams are losers for decades (ask a Cleveland fan about that). There must be sufficient fan support during struggling years.

    But maybe NHL owners need to stop paying average players $4 million a year rather than asking for a taxpayer funded bailout.

    Shouldn’t Nationwide and the CBJ’s business plans be allowed to sink or swim? And the whole ‘economic generation’ arguement is a red herring….people have a limited amount of money to spend on leisure activities. If hockey fails, they’ll spend it instead to go bowling or go to the movies.

    Many neighborhoods in Columbus need help. Why should the Arena District get special treatment? Maybe Nationwide/Dispatch should reconsider and ask Penn National to build the casino in the Arena District since it seems that there’s just not enough fan support for the Blue Jackets for the long haul without a bailout.

    #354053
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    #354054

    pilsner
    Participant

    Attenance is a much more important revenue generator for the NHL than the other professional sports. The NFL, NBA and MLB have much more lucrative TV contracts than the NHL.

    #354055

    catnfiddle
    Participant

    If they lowered the prices a little, they’d make up the difference in increased sales.

    #354056

    chaptal
    Participant

    Blue Jackets make bid for 2013 All Star Game

    Very interesting. Is someone in the front office optomistic about the lease agreement? I realize the bids have to be placed a few years in advance.

    #354057

    lifeliberty
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    tickets are not expensive. they are only $10 right before the game and $25 on family nights(like tomorrow nights game, you have to buy at least 4 and that also buys you food.
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    I’m thinking about going to tomorrow nights game, starts at 7

    #354058

    Rockmastermike
    Participant

    lifeliberty is right… there are cheap seats available.

    What I’ve noticed when I’m at the games (in our inexpensive but still awesome seats!) is that the EXPENSIVE seats are the ones that are empty and the cheaper seats are filled with screaming fans. That should tell the management something about the way they price their tickets. Having a bunch of empty seats right up against the ice looks bad on TV too.

    #354059

    lifeliberty
    Participant

    Maybe I’m delusional(quite possibly!) but I think I remember reading an article about a startup company(I think from Columbus) starting something like Priceline or travelocity but for venue tickets. i never heard anything past that though. like a way to sell out unsold seats for cheap.

    #354060

    pilsner
    Participant

    1.With many of the “inexpensive” tickets you end up in the nose bleed section.

    2. The CBJ would really be debt-ridden if every ticket sold was the $10 variety. That’s was the ticket price for Columbus Chill games. What’s the per game ticket price for season ticket holders?

    #354061

    Rockmastermike
    Participant

    pilsner wrote >>

    2. The CBJ would really be debt-ridden if every ticket sold was the $10 variety. That’s was the ticket price for Columbus Chill games. What’s the per game ticket price for season ticket holders?

    Q: which makes more money:

    a) having 100 unsold $73 dollar tickets in a section

    b) having 60 unsold tickets in that same section after they’ve been marked down from $73 to perhaps $65

    (look up the seating/pricing chart on their website… that’s the price in the sections where I’ve seen the most empty seats when I’m there)

    ( q :ɹǝʍsuɐ )

    #354062

    somertimeoh
    Participant

    I bet a lot of the empty seats in the expensive areas are paid for, just not used. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought expensive tickets for customers only to find out that “something came up” and they didn’t go. Talk about angry!!

    #354063

    pilsner
    Participant

    Rockmastermike wrote >>


    Q: which makes more money:
    a) having 100 unsold $73 dollar tickets in a section
    b) having 60 unsold tickets in that same section after they’ve been marked down from $73 to perhaps $65
    (look up the seating/pricing chart on their website… that’s the price in the sections where I’ve seen the most empty seats when I’m there)
    ( q :ɹǝʍsuɐ )

    I think your point of lowering the price of expensive seats makes sense.

    But the fact that we’re having this conversation indicates that Columbus doesn’t have the fan support for an NHL over the long haul. These conversations don’t take place in Detroit, Toronto and Boston.

    #354064

    pilsner
    Participant

    The attendance of Friday night’s game against Minnesota was 16,419.

    The average attendence for the five home games since the Olympic break was 14,889.

    And, this is at a time when there’s a lot of pressure to fill the arena to show politicians that there’s merit for a hockey bailout.

    Again, I just don’t think the CBJ has the fan support to sustain an NHL team with average player salaries of $2 million per year.

    #354065

    sixby9is42
    Member

    pilsner wrote >>
    The attendance of Friday night’s game against Minnesota was 16,419.
    The average attendence for the five home games since the Olympic break was 14,889.
    And, this is at a time when there’s a lot of pressure to fill the arena to show politicians that there’s merit for a hockey bailout.
    Again, I just don’t think the CBJ has the fan support to sustain an NHL team with average player salaries of $2 million per year.

    It doesn’t help that there are no playoff hopes.

    #354066

    Mercurius
    Participant

    Blue Jacket tickets are on Groupon today.

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