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2011-12 AHL Ticket Prices

Barons Fans in OKC. Photo courtesy of <a href="" target="new">Steven Christy Photography</a>. All rights reserved.
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.