If you’re looking for Canucks playoff tickets, you’re in luck.
Seats are available. Lots of them. All those dark blue dots could be yours. In fact, it looks like entire rows can be had in the lower bowl.
You can take your pick too. Seats remain in every section of the Rogers Arena lower bowl for the first game of the playoffs. Obviously there were plenty of season ticket holders who said no thanks when given first crack at the postseason tickets this year.
It probably says more about the price point than interest in the team, but it sure raises all kinds of questions.
Often tickets for event games like the postseason are stockpiled by the secondary market, and sold through sites like StubHub. But not even scalpers want a piece of the Canucks this year. They know they can’t make any money .
There’s been a downward-sloping demand curve in Vancouver and there are several factors, including the lockout, a team many view as stale and that team’s renewed commitment this year to play a more defensive style. You know, boring.
Mix in a fan base which has incredibly high expectations, one that has apparently allowed itself to be spoiled by a few division titles and one run to the Stanley Cup final.
The joke last year was Canucks fans didn’t care until the playoffs. Now, there’s a suggestion they won’t care until Round 2. If that’s true, when would they care if the Canucks ever won a Stanley Cup?
Winning hasn’t impacted the Chicago Blackhawks. They’re all sold out for Game 1.
Maybe the fans have been over indulged with success after winning back-to-back Presidents’ Trophies. But the Canucks have made it out of the second round once in 19 years. That’s like spoiling your girlfriend with a Cactus Club brunch and a matinee to see The Rock. Not bad, but she’s not going to make a photo album out of it and reminisce years later.
The levelling off — or cratering — supply has been met with an upward sloping price curve. In other words, greed.
And you start to wonder if the Canucks are at risk of starting to price themselves out of the market. The tickets available in the above pic go for $255 a piece. That’s $510 just for your two tickets just to start your night out.
The same tickets to see the Anaheim Ducks in a similar section are $115. Maybe that’s why the Ducks have sold more playoff tickets in the lower bowl than the Canucks.
Not sure the Canucks are concerned, but they have to be noticing.
Coincidentally, the team is dispatching assistant GM Laurence Gilman and COO Victor de Bonis to local radio stations Monday. The team requested they come in to do a couple of minutes on air on each station to give away tickets and promote the Canucks’ “Playoff Initiatives.”
I’m guessing the No. 1 initiative is sell more tickets.
Edited by -Vintage Canuck-, 28 April 2013 - 12:53 PM.