Laval Rocket home opener is possibly going to be a sell-out! pic.twitter.com/CuuLZyPhNp
– Andrew Zadarnowski (@AZadarski) September 7, 2023
It’ll be hard to do worse than last year, you’ll tell me… And I’ll have no choice but to agree with you.
That said, the plan right now isn’t to win the Stanley Cup. The club is in one of the last phases of its rebuilding, and although Kent Hughes has said that expectations will be higher, that doesn’t mean the CH will be in the playoffs.
If they make the playoffs, it will be a surprise. At least, that’s how I see it.
It’s for this reason, among others, that some are crying foul about the price of tickets for games at the Bell Centre. For example, for the opening game against Connor Bedard’s Blackhawks… The cheapest tickets on Stubhub (in groups of 2) sell for $240… Each, not for the pair.
One ticket = $240. I’m willing to believe this is the opening game and I’m willing to believe this is Bedsy’s first visit to town, but it’s not cheap. Really not.
Frank Ethier, who is probably the most Bostonian Montrealer there is, did a little digging and tried to find tickets to see his Bruins this winter… And the conclusion is the same.
It’s just too expensive.
Are you serious???
159$ a ticket in the blues?
199$ in the whites
Do you remember the standings for the last 2 seasons ???
Ah, no, that’s right, the standings don’t count for you, your coach explained it well 🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/fNrOFxYA11
– Frank Ethier (@ethier_frank) September 7, 2023
We’re not talking about the $25 parking fee….
We’re not talking about alcoholic beverages costing more than $16-18…
And we’re not talking about a trio of hot dogs, nachos and liquor at $30.
Some have seen it, especially in the last two years… But the Bell Centre isn’t always as full as it used to be. When you consider how expensive it is, it makes sense…
Because when it comes down to it, not everyone can afford an evening at 250 bucks. Imagine the families who want to take their kids to the game! It’s practically impossible, unless you have excellent financial security.
At the end of the day, it’s still a business, and Geoff Molson wants to make money. That said, it’s the relationship with the fans that will suffer if ticket prices keep rising and the club can’t even put on a good show on the ice.
That’s where the problem lies.
– All the better.
– Dany Heatley is back in the NHL.
– 1+1… That’s 2.
See this post on Instagram
– He’s got the talent to be one of the NHL’s good defensemen.