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JWomp

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In Topic: Club Seats

19 October 2014 - 08:39 PM

I'm not happy about it, but I understand. They valued the amount of food on the tickets as $40 per ticket per game. So they gave the option at the end of last season for this year:

 

1) Pay the same amount and get $40/ticket, loaded on your ticket, that can be used for anything in the arena (any food anywhere or merchandise).

2) Take $40/ticket off the price of your ticket.

 

I took option 2.

 

Now here's a bit of the rub. They did NOT say they would be changing the food in the ice lounge, and jacking prices up to go with it. I assumed that it was going to be the same burger, hotdog, chicken fingers/fries and pizza, along with sushi and maybe some other "special". That's what it was during the pre-season. Average food product was $7.00 or so. Instead, they eliminated all of that (so really - no kid friendly food in the ice lounge) and replaced it with a more gourmet selection where the average food item is $14.00.

 

The motivation for the team was two fold.

 

1) They needed to make the lounge seats less expensive face value tickets. In years past, they had all you can eat food caked in and needed to charge $240/ticket. You just will not get that for Ottawa in the middle of January on a Wednesday night. That's why, short of the corporate (or wealthy) season ticket holders, you saw the lounge seats about 1/2 full. So by removing the food option from the face, they can now sell at $160 face ticket for a weak game and that's a bit more palatable.

 

2) They had so much waste with the food in the lounge that they were giving away money. By improving the food (it's better but lets not go crazy - it's not Dinosaur BBQ, let alone BLT Prime), they were able to charge significantly more and bring in extra revenue.

 

We have very savvy businessmen as owners of this team now - they improved a 7 year old arena with millions of dollars of investment. There are certainly kinks they have to work out. Lines got long all over and the concessions weren't quite ready. But they'll get there. The food in the arena has already gotten very good reviews. The game experience is better with the 3D intro and around the building.

 

So if I go on Ticketmaster and buy club seats, those tickets will not include the $40 of food credit, right?

But if I go on Stubhub and buy club seats, there's a chance that the tickets will include the credit and a chance that they won't, depending on where the tickets originated? 

 

In seasons past, club seats would plummet to as low as $100 or even $75 a ticket on Stubhub for certain less-desirable games (weeknights, bad opponents). If they got that low back in the days of all-you-can-eat food, I'd imagine there might be points this season where prices fall even lower for some games. 

 

Personally, I'm bummed about the change. I loved the all-you-can-eat aspect, and I used to upgrade myself to club seats at least one or two times a year. I guess the only good thing about it is that now the best seats in the stadium will be slightly more affordable, but even so, I'd rather pay a bit more for the luxury of never-ending food. 

 

Also...what's the deal with the super secret Platinum Lounge now? Does that still include food?

In Topic: Opening Night 3D Light Show

19 October 2014 - 04:34 PM

Not that impressive IMO

 

They spent millions on this thing?!?  Meh...

 

 

I don't like being negative but I gotta agree, I was expecting more. It started off really cool but after hell froze over it was eh. It didn't look they used enough of the 3d.

 

Agreed. The beginning was cool, as were the "3D" ice parts, but using the ice as a big video screen and showing highlights (that ended up being upside down for half of the crowd) didn't do anything for me. More of the 3D stuff and less video would make it better. 

In Topic: LOOKING TO BUY 2 TICKETS TO OPENING NIGHT

17 October 2014 - 12:31 AM

-sold-

In Topic: Season Kick Off Barbecue @ The Rock 10/5 Review (LONG)

06 October 2014 - 10:06 PM

 

Towards the end I got to ask a question.  I asked them who their 5 favorite players to watch were growing up.

 

Cammalleri's list was:

 

Sakic, Gretzky, Bure and ???  I think one was Mario Lemieux, but I am not positive.  Cannot remember the other.

 

 

 

Awesome recap of the event.

 

The guy you can't remember from Cammalleri's list was Jagr.

In Topic: FOR SALE!!

20 September 2014 - 11:50 AM

Cool stuff Matt! 

 

I used to own that Pandolfo and it's a nice jersey. Plus, you can't beat $125 shipped for a pre-Edge jersey of a two-time Cup winner. Someone should be all over this!