All-You-Can-Eat Seats

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  1. ck26

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    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-dodgers-allyoucaneat&prov=ap&type=lgns
    Have you seen this? Do you know of any hockey teams who have this sort of promotion? And most importantly, would you go to more games if you could pay a fixed price and eat and drink all you want?
     
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  2. nomorekids

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    I just read this article, and while I think it's an OUTSTANDING idea for baseball, where often it's the cheap seats that go unsold...I think it's a little impractical and unfeasible for hockey. They're trying to find a way to not only charge a little more for the cheap seats...but to sell them at all, and so far it's working. Now, perhaps hockey could use the opposite approach...any seat over 90 or 100 dollars comes with free concession vouchers or something. A complaint I see often is the exorbitant price of not just attending a game...but when all is said and done...a family of four in the lower bowl is already spending 400 dollars on tickets...or more. 4 hot dogs, 3 cokes, and a beer for dad....and then ice cream, popcorn...there's another 50 to 75 dollars. 10 more dollars for parking.

    Free food could provide an incentive to purchase those pricier seats, and soften the blow of the expensive tickets.
     
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    When I go to a hockey game, I don’t want to take my whole family (talk about a distraction) and I don’t want to stuff my face with arena food, especially not over-priced delectables such as hot dogs, ice cream, popcorn and coke. I want to concentrate on the game, or the action on the ice, and maybe drink a few pints of beers (preferably of the imported or non-American quality). I would rather save my money and go to a decent restaurant before or after the game. The only excuse for stuffing your face at a hockey game is that you are a corporate suit on the lower end of the chain that arrived probably late with a bunch of other similar suits that were all too busy to find time to get a decent meal before the game or have no time afterwards to do so. I've never understood dining at a strip club either, so maybe my view is skewed? :dunno: JMHO.

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    That's fine...and I may be inclined to agree, but I'm not talking about the die-hard season ticket holder. Most of us know to, at worst, stop at Wendy's before or after the game...and if anything, maybe a beer while watching. But those that would complain about this kind of thing are the 1-game-every-month-or-two-Mom-Dad-Billy-Suzie that make a family outing of it. I'm just addressing a complaint I've heard across the board.
     
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    I wasn't talking about the die-hard season ticket holder. I was just stating that arena food isn't very good quality/value and I don't like to mix my hockey experience with the so-called culinary experience of arena 'food' because I like to concentrate on the game, not what I'm eating. Others may disagree, which is fine.

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    The Devils will offer something kind of like that next year in their new arena, but a lot more upscale. The club seats (2200 of them) cost $200 ($150 for STH's) and will have exclusive access to two private lounges, and all the food there (really good food, not hamburgers and hot dogs) is included in the price of the ticket.
     
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    Ya it exists in Montreal. It used to be $150 ish per ticket. It's half way through the arena in the Club Desjardins A + B section (http://www.canadiens.com/eng/bellcentre/sittingPricing.html). It's more now but it's seriously the best seats in the house. The sight lines are incredible and all food and drinks are covered except beer.
     

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