2011-12 AHL Ticket Prices

Barons Fans in OKC. Photo courtesy of Steven Christy Photography. All rights reserved.

When Scott looked in on the attendance problems in Oklahoma City, the comments focused mostly on ticket prices at the Cox Center.  A sampling of those comments show that the locals think the Barons lack affordable tickets, especially considering how new the Oklahoma City market is.

I live in OKC and ticket prices are simply too high. This is development level hockey and even I, a rabid hockey fan, cannot afford to get my family to games...

Ticket prices are huge. Anything in the upper deck should be $10 period. The rest could be dropped a bit but I think Ozman is right – who’s gonna spend $150 for a family of 4 to sit up close?

I’m an OKC resident, avid hockey fan/coach/player and make a decent living. Can’t afford decent seats at a minor league hockey game. Not for a family of four...

I decided to compare the Barons individual game ticket prices to the rest of the AHL.  I surveyed team sites, and when necessary Ticketmaster,  to come up with the pricing table below.  I've broken the table down by conference, as I assumed the more populous northeast, with more established hockey markets, would have more expensive tickets overall.  The table is sorted by the lowest-price ticket available.

Team Location Lowest Highest NHL Affiliate
St. John's IceCaps* St. John's, NL  26 38 Winnipeg Jets 
Providence Bruins  Providence, RI  24 36 Boston Bruins 
Springfield Falcons  Springfield, MA  23 37 Columbus Blue Jackets 
Syracuse Crunch  Syracuse, NY  21 25 Anaheim Ducks 
Binghamton Senators  Binghamton, NY  20 23 Ottawa Senators 
WBS Penguins  Wilkes-Barre, PA  18 40 Pittsburgh Penguins 
Manchester Monarchs  Manchester, NH  18 32 Los Angeles Kings 
Hershey Bears  Hershey, PA  18 26 Washington Capitals 
Worcester Sharks  Worcester, MA  17 33 San Jose Sharks 
Albany Devils  Albany, NY  16 25 New Jersey Devils 
Bridgeport Sound Tigers  Bridgeport, CT  15 47 New York Islanders 
Portland Pirates  Portland, ME  14 18 Phoenix Coyotes 
Adirondack Phantoms  Glens Falls, NY  12 26 Philadelphia Flyers 
Connecticut Whale  Hartford, CT  12 25 New York Rangers 
Norfolk Admirals  Norfolk, VA  12 17 Tampa Bay Lightning 

Overall, my assumption was correct.  The teams in the northeast do have more expensive ticket prices.

Team  Location Lowest Highest NHL Affiliate
Hamilton Bulldogs* Hamilton, ON  26 33 Montreal Canadiens 
Abbotsford Heat* Abbotsford, BC  20 45 Calgary Flames 
Peoria Rivermen  Peoria, IL  19 26 St. Louis Blues 
Charlotte Checkers  Charlotte, NC  18 38 Carolina Hurricanes 
San Antonio Rampage  San Antonio, TX  17 31 Florida Panthers
Chicago Wolves  Rosemont, IL  16 50 Vancouver Canucks 
Houston Aeros  Houston, TX  16 84 Minnesota Wild 
Grand Rapids Griffins  Grand Rapids, MI  14 32 Detroit Red Wings 
Toronto Marlies* Toronto, ON  14 43 Toronto Maple Leafs 
Oklahoma City Barons  Oklahoma City, OK  14 36 Edmonton Oilers 
Rochester Americans  Rochester, NY  12 24 Buffalo Sabres 
Milwaukee Admirals  Milwaukee, WI  12 26 Nashville Predators 
Lake Erie Monsters  Cleveland, OH  10 63 Colorado Avalanche 
Texas Stars  Cedar Park, TX  10 50 Dallas Stars 
Rockford IceHogs  Rockford, IL  8 27 Chicago Blackhawks 

*Indicates prices listed in CAD

This chart was created using Ticketmaster's arcane interface, so there may be mistakes.  Please let me know if any of these single-game ticket prices are incorrect in the comments.  I'll update them as quickly as possible.

Thanks to the alert WBS Pens fan for the e-mail stating that the lowest walk-up price is $18, not $30.

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