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#1 HellOnICE

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 08:01 AM

A lot has been made with the Devils doing stuff to piss off STH, in the wake of their StubHub crusade and what not. But let's give some credit here. If their whole plan is raise the value of STH and show their customers more perks, more trinkets, more ways to make them feel loved  than they have started on a good path with what they did last night.

 

Last night pre-game, they held an event to Thank/Honor Season Ticket Holders who have had 25+ years of tickets. From what I understand they had something for the 30+ last week but do not know if they have anything coming up for 15+ or so....Anyway, it was an open bar/food event in the Goal Bar pregame, Matt Loughlin hosted the event which had Hugh Weber and others interact with the sth, thank them personally as well as did a little speech about some of the things they are trying to do for STH moving forward. Weber said they'll have more exclusive events with management, team and so on.

 

 

After the game, they did a "class photo" of the STH. The Devils want to build a family/club with their STH base and make them feel appreciated and a part of a club. It's good for business. It makes you feel compelled to keep buying into this club, aside from rough patches in the quality of the hockey. They've come along way from when you would buy season tickets, they'd send them in the mail, and that's what you got. Now they want to give more.  It's smart business.

 

Lastly, they are gifting them a customized jersey of their choosing with a 25th year STH logo patch and/or any of the patches from the Cup years.


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Posted 23 March 2014 - 08:32 AM

That's great. Be better if I had the money all these years to have been involved. Tough raising a family and forking over multiple thousands of dollars a year. Non-STH are loyal dedicated fans too.
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Posted 23 March 2014 - 08:44 AM

Obviously.


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Posted 23 March 2014 - 09:06 AM

That's great. Be better if I had the money all these years to have been involved. Tough raising a family and forking over multiple thousands of dollars a year. Non-STH are loyal dedicated fans too.

Right, but they do have other, small ways of appreciating those fans as well.  I'm sure there are family nights, I know for a fact that they have college nights.  Fan appreciation games.  These fans fork over those thousands and even tho I'm not one of them, it makes sense to do these kinds of things.  Nothing wrong with making these people happy, and matter of fact, they have to. 


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Posted 23 March 2014 - 10:10 AM

I noticed this the other night during the Minnesota game.  Thought it was awesome they featured the 30 year season ticket holders on the scoreboard throughout the game. Recognized so many of those faces from going to games for the last 26 years.  They deserve the honor and to feel special.  From what I think I heard, they'll be doing this for everyone with 10+ years as season ticket holders if I remember correctly.  


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Posted 23 March 2014 - 11:19 AM

Now that's a good job by the Devils. I noticed they were honoring the 30-year STH's at the game Thursday, and thought it was a nice thing to do. Good to see them do this for the 25-year group as well. I like the jersey offer too, cool throw-in.


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Posted 23 March 2014 - 01:34 PM

they're doing one for 10 and 15 year STH also in the next two games. They're also giving custom jerseys to these groups with special patches recognizing how long they've been STH.


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Posted 23 March 2014 - 02:12 PM

That's great. Be better if I had the money all these years to have been involved. Tough raising a family and forking over multiple thousands of dollars a year. Non-STH are loyal dedicated fans too.

 

Uck, just be happy for the fans who are being honored. In today's world everyone wants a piece of the pie, even if they didn't help make it.


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 07:49 AM

Uck, just be happy for the fans who are being honored. In today's world everyone wants a piece of the pie, even if they didn't help make it.

I don't want to speak for jimmy, but I don't think he's looking to be honored on the scoreboard or anything, he just doesn't want to be treated as a "lower class fan"- which is what can easily be interpreted by the devils new aggressive approach of trying to neutralize the secondary ticket market.

It is absolutely great and appropriate for the team to honor these dedicated fans, all I would like is fair market price (ie stubhub) for single game tickets- I live out of town so I can only make it to two home games at most.
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Posted 24 March 2014 - 08:26 AM

They're going to be holding those meetings til the end of the year, so I assume they're going going down the line, 30+, 25+, 20+, etc.


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 08:42 AM

The magnitude of being that committed to a team for 30+ years is pretty amazing. There were enough bumps along the road that I'm sure they maybe would've not wanted to renew their tickets at some point, good on the Devils for honoring these people and the 20, 15, 10 years crowd coming up.


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 08:49 AM

That's great. Be better if I had the money all these years to have been involved. Tough raising a family and forking over multiple thousands of dollars a year. Non-STH are loyal dedicated fans too.

 

I don't think they're insinuating that you're not. I think they offer plenty of opportunities for a family to catch a game or get a limited season ticket plan (6-10-20 games), the few giveaways here and there too, etc., and even if you can't swing it, nothing wrong with that.. But also, nothing wrong with honoring people who give $1500-10,000 a year for the past 20-30 years though, right?


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 09:05 AM

This thread is funny. There is nothing wrong with honoring the season ticket holders. They aren't saying they are better fans. But they certainly aren't going to honor me, although you'd be hard pressed to find a bigger fan, who only gets to 2 games a year because of work, daughter's schedule, finances, etc...


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 09:28 AM

I don't think they're insinuating that you're not. I think they offer plenty of opportunities for a family to catch a game or get a limited season ticket plan (6-10-20 games), the few giveaways here and there too, etc., and even if you can't swing it, nothing wrong with that.. But also, nothing wrong with honoring people who give $1500-10,000 a year for the past 20-30 years though, right?

 

Well, looks like I will be that guy:

 

$1500 a year for 30 years.... damn that is still a lot of money.  Makes me wonder if any of them would have the guts to complain that years later they still have loans to pay off(student, mortgage, etc.)


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 12:11 PM

Oh boy........all I was saying was I thought it was a good idea to honor those fans.

 

I have absolutely no issues not being "honored" nor do I expect anything. Just some over the years here have looked down on non-STH's as not being "true".

 

I don't pump the amount of dollars STH's do and the team relies on that. STH's deserve all they get.


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 12:50 PM

Oh boy........all I was saying was I thought it was a good idea to honor those fans.

 

I have absolutely no issues not being "honored" nor do I expect anything. Just some over the years here have looked down on non-STH's as not being "true".

 

I don't pump the amount of dollars STH's do and the team relies on that. STH's deserve all they get.

 

Fair enough.


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Posted 24 March 2014 - 02:18 PM

Just some over the years here have looked down on non-STH's as not being "true".

 

This is obviously not true. Not everyone can afford season tickets, and not everyone who could afford them has the time to make them worthwhile.  So I get what you're saying. 


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Posted 25 March 2014 - 01:47 PM

A lot has been made with the Devils doing stuff to piss off STH, in the wake of their StubHub crusade and what not. But let's give some credit here. If their whole plan is raise the value of STH and show their customers more perks, more trinkets, more ways to make them feel loved  than they have started on a good path with what they did last night.
 
Last night pre-game, they held an event to Thank/Honor Season Ticket Holders who have had 25+ years of tickets. From what I understand they had something for the 30+ last week but do not know if they have anything coming up for 15+ or so....Anyway, it was an open bar/food event in the Goal Bar pregame, Matt Loughlin hosted the event which had Hugh Weber and others interact with the sth, thank them personally as well as did a little speech about some of the things they are trying to do for STH moving forward. Weber said they'll have more exclusive events with management, team and so on.
 
 
After the game, they did a "class photo" of the STH. The Devils want to build a family/club with their STH base and make them feel appreciated and a part of a club. It's good for business. It makes you feel compelled to keep buying into this club, aside from rough patches in the quality of the hockey. They've come along way from when you would buy season tickets, they'd send them in the mail, and that's what you got. Now they want to give more.  It's smart business.
 
Lastly, they are gifting them a customized jersey of their choosing with a 25th year STH logo patch and/or any of the patches from the Cup years.


Holy moley! There are people who've had season tickets for 30+ years?! Let me be the first to say that you folks are to core of the core of core of core... Okay, I'll stop, but you get the idea. How many of these people are there? It can't be many. I'd love to see the breakdown of 15, 20, 25, and 30.

In any event, all these peeps deserve a hearty thanks. They are the reason my beloved Devils are the one major franchise left in NJ.
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Posted 25 March 2014 - 02:02 PM

Holy moley! There are people who've had season tickets for 30+ years?! Let me be the first to say that you folks are to core of the core of core of core... Okay, I'll stop, but you get the idea. How many of these people are there? It can't be many. I'd love to see the breakdown of 15, 20, 25, and 30.

In any event, all these peeps deserve a hearty thanks. They are the reason my beloved Devils are the one major franchise left in NJ.


I couldn't agree with you more. I was actually thinking they should be doing something way more special than what they are doing for them. 30 years in a row for anything is a long time. There are murderers that have done less time.
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Posted 25 March 2014 - 03:01 PM

Oh boy........all I was saying was I thought it was a good idea to honor those fans.

 

I have absolutely no issues not being "honored" nor do I expect anything. Just some over the years here have looked down on non-STH's as not being "true".

 

I don't pump the amount of dollars STH's do and the team relies on that. STH's deserve all they get.

 

I agree with your basic premise completely.  However, I also get annoyed at the flipside of the coin.  It's easy for people who sit in the "cheap seats" to complain about STHs or those in the clubs or even the lower bowl.  The amount of money (high OR low) you spend following your team doesn't define your fandom.  I say this as a proud member of the Devils fanbase, but I feel like there is more infighting among NJD fans than any fanbase I've ever seen.  There are people at every game who make me cringe ("Shoooooot") but, at the end of the day, they're Devils fans and hockey fans and that should be embraced.


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