DropEmJayBird wrote:looks like ticket prices finally caught up to demand...you can still buy tickets for almost any game from a scalper on the street...does this mean more student rush tickets to keep the sellout streak going???
Crankshaft wrote:Season tickets aren't stock to be bought and sold. If you buy season tickets with the expectation to sell games you can't go to to make a profit or to break even, you're going to have a bad time. What you're looking at is the market leveling off and being normal.
Also, the Student Rush isn't some cheap ploy to hype the sell out streak. It's a marketing plan to sustain a season ticket base that they're building. Why do people still complain about this and not see this?
Kharlamov wrote:I walked up to the ticket office a week before the home opener and bought 4 seats together at face value. Was pretty surprising.
Crankshaft wrote:Also, the Student Rush isn't some cheap ploy to hype the sell out streak. It's a marketing plan to sustain a season ticket base that they're building. Why do people still complain about this and not see this?
Jopaz wrote:Price may not be the issue, it probably is that there are too many other options for fans to spend their money on. Last year was an exception due to the shortened season. Historically, demand was usually light in the early season up until around Thanksgiving. There was always competition from football and this year even the Pirates had the fans' interest.
An average fan might say: will I spend $100 a ticket to see the Pens? Yes, but for that $100 I will try to go and see the Flyers or Rangers on a weekend, not Carolina on a Tuesday night. Would he pay $75 to see Carolina on a Tuesday? Maybe, but he might still prefer to pay more for a "better" game.
I think the Pens might eventually end up using a tiered pricing model where the rivalry games and weekend games will cost more than other games. Some teams do this already, and even the Pirates are going to charge more for Saturday games and key matchups (like the Red Sox) next year. This would better align price with demand on a game-by-game basis. It is really the same principle as student rush - lower price tickets are available for games with less demand.
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