Wild to raise season-ticket prices for 2006-07 season

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild announced a slight increase Friday for season-ticket prices.

The NHL franchise had kept costs the same for the last three years, though the 2004-05 season wasn't played because of the league's labor disagreement. More than 20 of the NHL's 30 teams reduced their prices after the lockout.

The Wild attributed the rise for 2006-07 to inflation.

Club-level seats will jump $5 each per game, to $85 and $75. Lower-level seats will rise $1.50 each per game, to $74, $64 and $54. Upper-level seats will go up 50 cents each game, to $30 and $12.50. Club-level seating will include a three-year term, with current prices frozen for the remaining two years.

The team is in the process of sending renewal information to the 16,500 current season-ticket holders. There is a waiting list of more than 6,800 people.

With arena capacity listed at 18,064, the Wild has averaged a paid crowd of 18,563 over their streak of 228 straight sellouts -- including postseason and preseason and dating to the franchise's inception in 2000. At several games this season, however, there were significant numbers of empty seats.

Single-game ticket prices for the 2006-07 season have not yet been announced.