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.
|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.
|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.