Hawks raise ticket prices for next season

May, 2, 2013
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks announced Thursday they will raise season-ticket prices by an average of 16 percent next season.

Blackhawks ticket operations and customer relations vice president Chris Werner said Thursday not all season-ticket holders will be affected the same by the price increase. For example, the season-ticket package that was priced at $28 per game this season will be increased to $36 next season. The Blackhawks offer eight different season-ticket packages.

"We're still trying to keep prices affordable and have different plans to choose from," Werner said. "We know how important it is to have a full building. What's so rewarding about working for the Blackhawks is having so loyal and dedicated fans.

"We were ranked 11th in ticket prices last season. We're a team that operates in a major market. We were ranked 28th in ticket prices during the 2007-08 season. We've made so many improvements in personnel and in the team in recent years that we're trying to remain competitive in a major market."

The Blackhawks have had 215 consecutive sellouts at the United Center dating back to the 2007-08 season. They offer 75 percent of the seating at the United Center as part of season-ticket packages. There are more than 12,000 people on the season-ticket waiting list, according to Werner.

The Blackhawks also announced that the 2013-14 season-ticket plan will not include tickets to the outdoor game between the Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field on March 1, 2014. Werner said season-ticket holders will have a chance to purchase tickets to the game prior to the general public sales. The NHL, not the Blackhawks, will be responsible for ticket sales to Soldier Field.
Scott Powers is the Blackhawks beat reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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