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Game 6 tix prices? Wait til Thursday

Monday, October 13, 2008, 3:36 PM
A Game 6 at Citizens Bank Park is a little more than 100 hours from now, so it makes sense that StubHub is reporting around 3,400 tickets available for that game Friday night. Average selling price for that game is $251, and the average price for Game 7 on Saturday night is $256. Where the price... Read more

Flyers rank sixth in the NHL in average ticket prices

Monday, October 13, 2008, 10:21 AM
The Flyers rank sixth among NHL teams for the average price of a ticket and 13th in its Fan Cost Index, according to Team Marketing Report's annual assessment that came out last Friday. An average ticket to a Flyers game costs $60.25 this season. That's above the league average of $49.66 and an 8... Read more

Long, long ALCS game tests viewers' peseverence

Sunday, October 12, 2008, 3:59 PM
Used to e-mail questions to a readers panel connected with the Savvy Consumer column and post their responses. Most were universal issues that just about everyone had an opinion on: ticket prices, ads placed on players oor on the playing surface, or crying in the locker room. With a chance to bring... Read more

Game 3 to be shown on the big screen at Penn's Landing

Friday, October 10, 2008, 5:56 PM
The Phillies have announced that they will hold a viewing party for Game 3 at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing on Sunday night. The event, sponsored by the Penn's Landing Corporation, is free. It will start at 8 o'clock. If you go, you can watch the game from Dodger Stadium on a 17’ by 27’... Read more

Phils plan public viewing of Game 3 on Sunday

Friday, October 10, 2008, 4:40 PM
The Phillies are planning to give you another choice on where to watch Game 3 of their series against the Dodgers on Sunday night. Little information has been released as yet, but team officials are saying that they're planning a public viewing of the game at Penn's Landing starting at 8 on Sunday... Read more

Average price for today's ticket settles in at $220

Friday, October 10, 2008, 2:20 PM
Turns out that tickets to today's game at Citizens Bank Park sold, on average, for $220. That's slightly less than what they went for yesterday. For playoff games, StubHub sales stop two hours before game time. The most expensive ticket sold was $1199 for a spot in the Diamond Club. At this moment... Read more

Sixers, Phantoms welcoming Phillies tixholders in for free

Friday, October 10, 2008, 1:23 AM
Going to today’s Game 2 between the Phillies and Dodgers? Want to see a doubleheader? The 76ers and Phantoms have deal for you. Anyone with a ticket stub from today’s Phillies game can see, for free, tonight’s Sixers-Knicks exhibition game at the Wachovia Center or the Phantoms’... Read more

Phils tickets: Demand rising, prices falling slightly

Wednesday, October 8, 2008, 10:06 PM
Similar to the National League Division Series, it appears that the ticket to Game 1 will be the least expensive of any of the NLCS games to be played at Citizens Bank Park. Sean Pate, of StubHub, said late this afternoon that prices had slowly decreased during the week. “If I look at the last... Read more

Best sports cities? This pub locks Philly in at No. 5

Tuesday, October 7, 2008, 9:25 PM
Sporting News earlier today fanned a release out to editors and writers around the country with news of its Best Sporting Cities rankings, which will appear in this week's issue. So where was Philly? Fifth, behind Boston, Detroit, Dallas-Fort Worth and New York. It's based on point values that include... Read more

Flyers schedule noon pep rally tomorrow downtown

Tuesday, October 7, 2008, 3:37 PM
Amid all the Phillies hysteria, Flyers officials just announced that they will be holding a pep rally tomorrow in the shadow of the city's tallest building. What they are terming a way to "Flyer Up" the city will start at noon in the Comcast Center courtyard at 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard... Read more
About this blog
Paul Vigna still has the seat he wrestled out of the concrete at Connie Mack Stadium parked in the finished basement, a 1980 Phillies championship mirror hanging above it. Now, why he’s kept an autograph of former Flyer Bruce Gamble on a sheet of Hockey Hall of Fame paper is another story. A native of Philly who grew up in Lansdale, he’s an assistant sports editor at the Daily News in charge of special projects who has written two columns related to sports and consumers: View From the Seats and Savvy Consumer.

Athletic contests were, for a long time, simply fun and games. Nowadays they’re just a small part of a sports entertainment industry that puts billions of dollars into play and a number of issues into motion. Moneyball indeed. You might be closer to the action than ever before, but that privilege comes at a price - and often it’s beyond what you can afford.

With that as the backdrop we’ll use this blog to dig out stories and swap advice about how the fan experience is changing and what it’s costing you now and in the future. Some of it will educate, some will let you vent. And in a sports panel format, it should allow for a consensus of opinion that can carry some weight.

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