Ducks Announce Price Freeze for 2009-10
Season & Individual Game Tickets, Food & Beverage, Parking Included in Complete Price Freeze
The Ducks announced today that the club has frozen all ticket prices for the 2009-10 NHL season. Season and individual game tickets, along with half season, mini plan and group tickets are all frozen. All food and beverage prices along with parking charges will also remain flat.
Season tickets for the 2009-10 campaign begin at $10.50 per game ($472.50 for the entire season). Individual game tickets will start at $18.50. All tickets are subject to an arena facility fee, beginning at $1.50.
“Keeping tickets affordable for our fans, especially in light of challenging economic times is very important,” said
The Ducks’ complete 2009-10 season schedule will be announced this summer. The Ducks will face each Pacific Division opponent three times at Honda Center (six games between the two teams total). In total, the Ducks will face Eastern Conference teams 18 times during the 2009-10 season with the remaining 64 games devoted to Western Conference play (six games between divisional opponents, four games between in-conference opponents).
The Ducks are currently battling for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. The club has appeared in postseason play three straight years, including a Pacific Division and Stanley Cup title in 2007. No NHL team has played in more playoff rounds since the start of the 2005-06 season than
Ducks Executive Vice President/COO
I don’t think a day goes by here, whether it’s the Honda Center side or the Ducks side, that we don’t talk about the economy. I’m guessing that in offices across the country that is the same way. We said ‘Okay, what is the next step?’ This comes from Henry and Susan Samueli and Mike Schulman. We’ve talked it out with them. The last thing we wanted to do was freeze season seat prices and have people say ‘Oh yeah, they are going to raise individual or group ticket prices.' Then, if we did that, the last thing we wanted people to say ‘Oh yeah, they are going to ding you with hot dogs, beers and raise the parking to $20.’ We just came to the conclusion of let’s freeze all food and beverages. Let’s freeze the parking and let’s freeze all ticket prices, so that fans can plan accordingly even though some of these tickets won’t be going on sale until September.
We started talking about this at least three months ago. When it’s all said and done, we all looked at each other and said this is the right thing to do. I think that people are looking for certainty as they look forward in their purchasing through 2010. If a fan wants to come back, and we certainly want them to come back and be with us for many years, we owe that certainty to them. Hopefully, this gives it to them.
Teams are going to do whatever makes sense and their local markets. From what we’re hearing, a significant number of teams are going to freeze ticket prices. Some teams are going to raise ticket prices and some haven’t decided yet. I think everybody has to take a look at this in their individual market and say what the right thing to do is. Ever since Day 1 when we froze ticket prices here in the first year, Henry and Susan both have sided with the fans. I’m grateful that they have supported this. When it’s all said and done, given all the challenges that we face in the economy right now, I think it simply said is the right thing to do.
Our fans have stood by us for many years. Hopefully, this sends the message that we get it and we know that these are unprecedented times. Now, we are taking these unprecedented steps of freezing every expense that they might have for the 2009-10 season. At the very least, we wanted to send a positive message to our fans that we appreciate everything that they’ve done in terms of their support. This is our way of saying we appreciate it and now you can plan accordingly for next year.
The arena has been opened since 1993 and I have been here since 1993. We’ve raised concession prices one way or the other every year to keep up with the cost of living, so it’s certainly unprecedented.
This really isn’t about how much we were going to make or how much we were going to lose. Really, every discussion that took place was about what is the right thing to do for the fans? Some people might say that sounds a bit corny, but that is the main reason. Given the challenges that we all face in today’s economy, this really is the right thing to do.