Checkers announce reduced prices for 2015-16 season tickets

Editors note: Before I ramble about ticket prices, what a game last night! I haven’t seen the Checkers play that well since, well, mid January or maybe even mid December. They were defensively responsible. Offensive (in a good way!). They controlled the puck in all three zones. It was a great hockey game to watch. #LetsGoCheckers

Every time the Checkers announce something else regarding the big move (home) to Bojangles Coliseum, I become more eager for the 2015-16 season to be here.

Today, the Checkers released prices for their season ticket plans at the good old barn, and as expected (or hoped for, at least), they are a savings on the current prices at TWCA, though the savings come mostly to the tickets in the higher price brackets.

For a 76 game season, the new prices look good. If the AHL decides to reduce the number of games, the new prices may not seem as impressive, but AHL President Dave Andrews has said he doesn’t think the owners are supportive of reducing the schedule any more.

2014-15 2015-16 Savings
Glass $1500 $1368 $132
Platinum $950 $798 $152
Rinkside $1102 $950 $152
Gold $722 $655 $67
Attack Zone $570 $456 $114
Corner/Balcony $399 $380 $19

My chart doesn’t include the price of “12-man boxes,” which has been added to the hockey ticket menu for 2015-16.  12-man boxes, Checkers?  Really?  How about:  12-person boxes. 12-seat boxes. 12-fan boxes. The possibilities are endless, and most of them don’t require terms that exclude half of the potential fanbase (myself included!) There had to be a way to fit one more character in that chart. (Stepping off my soapbox now).

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Now… about parking:

According to a recent piece by the Charlotte Business Journal, parking at Bojangles Coliseum will be $10 per car, which is twice the cost of the average parking deck uptown for a hockey game, and for people like me who usually get validated by visiting Queen City Q or Brixx for a drink, this is astronomically higher.  The minimum of $190 extra for parking (based on a $5 increase per game, for 36 games) makes the reduced ticket prices seem less significant, especially since none of the tickets were reduced by $190 each. For every positive there is about the Checkers moving to Bojangles, the parking situation is the part I am most frustrated with. The parking lot there is big, old, poorly maintained, and there are no options for fans to use outside of paying the city the astronomical fee of $10 for a minor league hockey game.

Speaking of that piece by the Charlotte Business Journal, part of the money coming from the city to upfit Bojangles for the Checkers is being given back to the Charlotte Hornets, to pay them for the used dasher boards that currently reside in TWCA.  Seriously, Hornets? By losing the Checkers, y’all are going to make much more money in concert and special event revenue, do you really need $140,000 for used hockey equipment? Makes me happy I’ve never bought a ticket to a Hornets game, and certain I never will.

So, what are you looking forward to the most about Bojangles Coliesum? I have an answer, but will save that for a separate piece.

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5 thoughts on “Checkers announce reduced prices for 2015-16 season tickets

  1. Tell me about the AHL reducing the number of games…. To 74? 72? Had not heard this before.
    Recall that the league played an 80-game schedule for over 3 decades before dropping to 76 games a few yrs ago. What is behind this? Reduce travel expense (adding a Calif. Div. sends a different message)? Optimize player conditioning for the benefit of NHL squads? Guess I’m OK with that.

    • It’s a long story, and one I don’t have enough time (right now) to expand upon but there are a number of teams/owners that want to reduce games to increase practice time. Most of these are NHL owned franchises. The other 50% of the league seems to want to keep the number at 76, because ticket sales are what keep these teams in business without the financial backing of an NHL team. My friends at 100 degree hockey wrote a great piece about it here: http://www.100degreehockey.com/2015/02/understand-ahl-pacific-independent-nhl-ownership.html

      As it stands, eastern conference markets get a lot more practice time than the west, because travel is so easy. A team like Springfield, for example, has road games where the team sleeps in their own bed the night before and after because the commute is so short. That’s not the case for Charlotte, or most of the Western Conference, so I see why the Pacific Division and others out west want less games.

      The bottom line, though, is that while the Pacific teams (and a few others) want less games, the majority of the league owners are opposed to it and AHL President Andrews says there is no plan at this time to reduce beyond the 76 game schedule they currently have, but things change quickly in sports!

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