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08:27 AM ET 08.22 | Florida has grown more obvious in its attempts to maximize revenue streams, a pursuit that reached a breaking point recently with some fans. Season-ticket holders in three prime sections at BankAtlantic Center received a letter more than a week ago advising them of tentative plans to convert part of the lower bowl into an "ultra premium, all-inclusive" area to be known as Club Red beginning in July 2012. ... "I've been a season-ticket holder since Day 1 in Miami. I've never missed a game. You're telling me too bad, your $5,000 tickets are now going to be $45,000?" said [Allyn White]. ... "Obviously, it's going to be a significant revenue generator for the organization," [said Michael Yormark].

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August 22, 2011  08:38 AM ET

Once again I feel the fans getting the SHAFT.

August 22, 2011  08:47 AM ET

I highly doubt that ticket prices are going from $5000 a season to $45,500. I don't even think any seat in Florida costs $5000 a year (which is about $110 per ticket a game, assuming four pre-season games).

They could at least quote a sane guy.

August 22, 2011  08:47 AM ET

Great move by an organization that has rewarded the fans with NOTHING. They should be called the Leafs of the south with that organizational move. Nothing like alienating fans with absurd ticket prices while producing a mediocre at best product.

August 22, 2011  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I highly doubt that ticket prices are going from $5000 a season to $45,500. I don't even think any seat in Florida costs $5000 a year (which is about $110 per ticket a game, assuming four pre-season games).They could at least quote a sane guy.

Maybe he means $5000 for two-seats. But it is still impossible for them to go to $45,000.

I want to know how much they really went up.

August 22, 2011  08:49 AM ET

They should try being Leafs season ticket holders. First, when the ACC is built they make you pay for a seat license that will cost around $10,000. Then they give your crappier seats than what you had at Maple Leafs Gardens. Then to top it off, they jack up the prices every single year.

August 22, 2011  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

They should try being Leafs season ticket holders. First, when the ACC is built they make you pay for a seat license that will cost around $10,000. Then they give your crappier seats than what you had at Maple Leafs Gardens. Then to top it off, they jack up the prices every single year.

And yet the place fills up every night to watch a team that hasn't made the playoffs since the lockout or the Cup since Expo 67.

August 22, 2011  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

And yet the place fills up every night to watch a team that hasn't made the playoffs since the lockout or the Cup since Expo 67.

Great business model, eh?

August 22, 2011  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Great business model, eh?

From MLSE's standpoint, I have to say yes.

August 22, 2011  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

They should try being Leafs season ticket holders. First, when the ACC is built they make you pay for a seat license that will cost around $10,000. Then they give your crappier seats than what you had at Maple Leafs Gardens. Then to top it off, they jack up the prices every single year.

AND you still have to watch the Leafs!

August 22, 2011  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Great move by an organization that has rewarded the fans with NOTHING. They should be called the Leafs of the south with that organizational move. Nothing like alienating fans with absurd ticket prices while producing a mediocre at best product.

mediocre? that's forgiving...

August 22, 2011  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

And yet the place fills up every night to watch a team that hasn't made the playoffs since the lockout or the Cup since Expo 67.

how much is a beer there, now at the ACC?

August 22, 2011  09:13 AM ET

geez the spam roaches are out this morning

August 22, 2011  09:17 AM ET

This is absurd....how long would it take a few moving vans to get this team up to Quebec City, where they will play in front of, you know...hockey fans? They would be more than welcome there, half the parking signs on Hollywood Beach (not far) are in french/english

August 22, 2011  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

how much is a beer there, now at the ACC?

Ask those who make it their second home, BBBJ. My guess: Not cheap.

August 22, 2011  09:20 AM ET

I guess they figure that since the fans don't rebel against the lousy product, why not raise the prices?

August 22, 2011  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

This is absurd....how long would it take a few moving vans to get this team up to Quebec City, where they will play in front of, you know...hockey fans? They would be more than welcome there, half the parking signs on Hollywood Beach (not far) are in french/english

I'm sure Art Modell can give them lessons on doing it in the dark of night....

August 22, 2011  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

how much is a beer there, now at the ACC?

I can't afford beer at Leaf games, but I think they are in the $8.50-15 range, depending on the size. $8.50 for the small, which is really small, and the large is around $15.

August 22, 2011  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

This is absurd....how long would it take a few moving vans to get this team up to Quebec City, where they will play in front of, you know...hockey fans? They would be more than welcome there, half the parking signs on Hollywood Beach (not far) are in french/english

Quebec doesn't have an arena built.

August 22, 2011  09:26 AM ET

I Googled this story and it is accurate. The seats mentioned were $2,500 a piece and they will be going to $22,500 a piece. It was also noted that the seats will be good for any event being held at t the arena. Not just hockey games. The team also noted that in two years when they are going deep in the playoffs the seats will be in high demand.

This is approaching the definition chutzpah.

 
August 22, 2011  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#22):

I Googled this story and it is accurate. The seats mentioned were $2,500 a piece and they will be going to $22,500 a piece. It was also noted that the seats will be good for any event being held at t the arena. Not just hockey games. The team also noted that in two years when they are going deep in the playoffs the seats will be in high demand.This is approaching the definition chutzpah.

That is kinda like the ACC. When you buy a seat purchase, you have access to all events at the ACC in those seats, but you still have to buy the tickets. So basically, it just gives you a privilege to buy tickets first. So stupid.

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