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Flyers rank sixth in the NHL in average ticket prices

Taking a family of four to a Flyers game? On average, you're paying less than what 12 other teams charge.

Flyers rank sixth in the NHL in average ticket prices

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 8.2 percent increase over last season. Toronto tops that list, at $76.15 per ticket. Montreal ($64.26), Vancouver ($62.05) and Boston ($61.40) follow. Minnesota is fifth at $61.28, just ahead of the Flyers. On the low end? It wouldn't cost you much to attend games in Buffalo ($36.43) and St. Louis ($29.95). The Flyers visit Buffalo in November and March, and tral to St. Louis in late January after the All-Star Game.

An average premium Flyers ticket is $173.80, this second highest in the league. The New York Rangers have far and away the most expensive premium ticket, at $254.98. Toronto is third, at $168.14. The NHL's average for a premium ticket is $113.44. Carolina's premium ticket ($75.98) ranks lowest among NHL teams. 

There are a few other interesting numbers among the average ticket prices. While Boston ranks among the top five in average ticket price, its premium ticket costs $88.93, well below the league average. Chicago, one of the league's downtrodden franchises, has an average ticket price of $52.22 and a premium ticket that averages $114.30. Washington ranks below the league average, at $41.66 (average ticket) and $130 (premium ticket)

Defending champion Detroit plays in the Joe Louis Arena, one of the older arenas in the league (opened in late 1979) and one of the few without corporate sponsorship. Tickets to those games on aveage cost $46.60 and premium tickets go for $60.89.

This Fan Cost Index (FCI) you've probably heard about before is used to measure the cost of the fan experience for all four major sports. According to the Team Marketing Report Web site, it represents "a weighted average of season ticket prices for general seating categories, determined by factoring the tickets in each price range as a percentage of the total number of seats in each stadium. It comprises the prices of four average-price tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-size hot dogs, parking for one car, two game programs and two least-expensive, adult-size adjustable caps."

This season's FCI in the NHL is $288.23, a 5.5 percent hike from last season. The Flyers' FCI rose 2.9 percent. Toronto tops all franchises in FCI, at $411.30. Montreal ranks second ($361.25) and Boston, where parking on average costs $20 and a cap costs $20, ranks third ($352.60). Carolina ($219.52) and St. Louis ($193.26) have the NHL's lowest FCIs.
      

Paul Vigna
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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.

ABOUT THIS BLOG:
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.

Reach Paul at vignap@phillynews.com.

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