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08:24 AM ET 06.01 | Welcome back to the NHL, Winnipeg ... now, can we see those wallets? Fans of Winnipeg's new NHL franchise are being asked to pay a higher price for tickets on average than all but one existing Canadian team. True North Sports and Entertainment will open a presale on season packages at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday. Ticket-holders and corporate partners of the American Hockey League's Manitoba Moose will be given the first chance to buy seats before they're opened to the general public on Saturday. Seats at the MTS Centre will be priced over seven different tiers at an average of $82 -- the same price Montreal Canadiens fans paid last year at the Bell Centre and behind only the Toronto Maple Leafs ($114 average) in Canada, according to the most recent franchise valuations by Forbes.

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June 1, 2011  09:00 AM ET

And gee, they'll apparently have free face painting for the kids....wait, those aren't kids....I think...

June 1, 2011  09:13 AM ET

Supply and demand. 15,000 seats and they are betting on a huge demand. I think True North will win that bet too.

I didn't hear if they had decided on a name yet. Are they going back to the Jets?

June 1, 2011  09:25 AM ET

they haven't mentionned the name. it always comes back to $$. Either way, is this photo going to be the NEW Big Buff photo for the month of June?

June 1, 2011  09:35 AM ET

This story isn't surprising. The average price in Toronto did get my attention. A bit pricey for what they've been getting recently?

June 1, 2011  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

This story isn't surprising. The average price in Toronto did get my attention. A bit pricey for what they've been getting recently?

Apparently, in To***to "you can fool all of the people all of the time."

June 1, 2011  09:48 AM ET

Welcome back to the NHL.

June 1, 2011  09:51 AM ET

So the smallest arena with the smallest market in the NHL now has the 2nd highest ticket prices? I also heard they must sell 13,000 season tickets for the next 3 seasons for this to work. ESPN has a good article on the city and team, it's an interesting read. PTI quoted Bettman saying "You people better sell out every game or this isn't going to work out very well" I'm not sure how this is gonna work out when the team struggles.

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June 1, 2011  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

So the smallest arena with the smallest market in the NHL now has the 2nd highest ticket prices? I also heard they must sell 13,000 season tickets for the next 3 seasons for this to work. ESPN has a good article on the city and team, it's an interesting read. PTI quoted Bettman saying "You people better sell out every game or this isn't going to work out very well" I'm not sure how this is gonna work out when the team struggles.

Ya Bettman did a good job of passing the buck on the responsibility here. he basically said its all up to the fans now....not his problem. When he speaks i just want to grab a pencil and.....

June 1, 2011  10:55 AM ET
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Ya Bettman did a good job of passing the buck on the responsibility here. he basically said its all up to the fans now....not his problem. When he speaks i just want to grab a pencil and.....

who's responsibility should it be?

the fans HAVE to show up & they HAVE to be willing to pay. This arena is Bush league, even though it's new... so tangible support is key.

Sure, when the team left the city they all came out to support the team, the rallies were FREE! You got your team, now put your money where your mouth is! ...and I am a big supporter of the new Winnipeg team, but come on, we can't point the finger at Bettman for everything all the time (as much as I know many of you want to)

June 1, 2011  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

So the smallest arena with the smallest market in the NHL now has the 2nd highest ticket prices? I also heard they must sell 13,000 season tickets for the next 3 seasons for this to work. ESPN has a good article on the city and team, it's an interesting read. PTI quoted Bettman saying "You people better sell out every game or this isn't going to work out very well" I'm not sure how this is gonna work out when the team struggles.

if you meet your quota of 13k tickets for 15k arena you can't NOT sell out. It means that for any given game there are only 2k tickets on the open market. Recipe for success. The season tickets number is the key.

Plus, they'll take a page from the Ottawa Senators playbook, you can't buy tickets to a rivalry game or a big game (i.e. wen the leafs or habs come to town) without buying the tickets as part of a package (ex: in Ottawa if you wanna see the Habs you also have to buy a ticket of equal value to see a loser like the Hurricans, the Panthers, the Thrashers (formerly)).

Same goes for division rivals + the other western teams.

I think they'll do just fine with those numbers.

Ottawa is not much larger, their arena is in the worst location known to man & their stadium is 3k bigger yet they still draw well.

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June 1, 2011  11:04 AM ET

No wonder NHL teams can't stay in one city for long.

June 1, 2011  11:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

So the smallest arena with the smallest market in the NHL now has the 2nd highest ticket prices? I also heard they must sell 13,000 season tickets for the next 3 seasons for this to work. ESPN has a good article on the city and team, it's an interesting read. PTI quoted Bettman saying "You people better sell out every game or this isn't going to work out very well" I'm not sure how this is gonna work out when the team struggles.

Winnipeg has it's second chance now, which is great. But, the fans need to support the team even in down times. We've heard all the reasons why it didn't work the first time around. Now, supposedly, they have a good owner who is committed to making this work. The fans need to show the same committment. A year or two of low attendance is no big deal, but if low attendance is chronic, Winnipeg will probably lose it's team again. Second chances are great. The Atlanta owners blew it for that town. Let's see what the new owners and fans in Winnipeg do.

June 1, 2011  11:19 AM ET
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I'm not sure how this is gonna work out when the team struggles.

The fans will show up regardless. Count on it. They lost it once. Won't get fooled again.

And if it does leave, just like before, it will have nothing to do with the amount of warm **** in attendance.

June 1, 2011  11:19 AM ET

You can't say t o o s h e s?????

June 1, 2011  11:27 AM ET
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You can't say t o o s h e s?????

LOL - I think it's ****. Maybe they now have spelling police.

June 1, 2011  11:27 AM ET
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LOL - I think it's ****. Maybe they now have spelling police.

Okat then.....****.

June 1, 2011  11:38 AM ET

Odds are the team won't struggle like it did in Atlanta (few teams do) so the fans will show up. If for some reason the team stinks and no one shows up and they leave, well that's the fans issue then. I doubt they wouldn't support this team after what happened last time. I'm just curious if all the business's will continue to support them with sponsorship deals and buying the luxury boxes. In good times they will, but if the economy hits, will they stay with the team?

 
June 1, 2011  11:38 AM ET

Average price numbers are tricky, especially in this case. The MTS centre holds 15000+. If more seats were added, those would be located furthest from the middle of the arena, which would be priced lower than anything else, which in turn would lower that average ticket price. Note that the top end priced tickets are much lower than many of the other teams.

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