The Reuters global sports blog
from Shop Talk:
National Hockey League teams put the freeze on ticket prices this season.
The average price for general tickets in the NHL ticked up just 0.1 percent to $51.41, according to Team Marketing Report (TMR), a sports marketing firm that tracks ticket costs in the major North American sports leagues. After adjusting Canadian prices to current exchange rates, the average cost of a ticket rose by just 5 cents.
In the previous three years, the average NHL ticket cost rose 5.1 percent (2008-2009), 7.7 percent (2007-2008) and 3.7 percent (2006-2007), TMR said.
Fourteen teams kept prices unchanged from last year and six saw their averages decline, according to TMR.
Meanwhile, the average Fan Cost Index (FCI) -- the cost of a family of four to attend a game -- rose 1.7 percent to $301, TMR said. The FCI includes the cost of four tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four hot dogs, parking, two game programs and two caps.
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