We had season seats from '94 to 2009. Watched the prices go up every year, and it got to a point where it just wasn't affordable any more.
Yes, the Ducks are a small market team, we do have fans all over the world, and have a pretty good draw here in Orange County. There was a time that it was an affordable game to attend, but with all the overly high salaries demanded by athletes all around us, the players started wanting more. Ticket prices go up accordingly. Unfortunately we were only able to attend 1 game this year, but still have the team in our hearts.
We made the trip in '07 to London with the Cup Champs, and what a thrill that was. The seats we used to have, now cost more than the entire trip to London did, and if we want to continue to live, we have to make some sacrifices.
Hockey players are the most underrated athletes out there. Now that their salaries are increasing at an astronomical rate, I'm sure there will be more fans that just plain can't afford to go to a game. With a 7:00 faceoff, you are usually forced to eat at the arena, park somewhere close, and of course purchase tickets. I'm sorry, but the nights at $240 plus (times 42) for an 8 month season are beyond our means any more.
I am sorry to rant here, but listening to people complain about our attendance, or lack of support just really hits below the belt sometimes. I've been the Admin on the boards since 1999. I do not get compensated in any way, but I still care enough about this team to support them in any way I can. Let the jerks on the East coast complain about our attendance. We had to start the games early to accommodate them, and they don't have a clue what traffic is like around Southern California. It isn't an easy thing to do to get there for a 7:00 puck drop, worse for a 6:00, and unheard of for a 5:00, if you have a job. I don't really think it affected the team that much to see the empty seats, that were usually filled by the end of the First Period.
Hopefully the team can get it together for next year, and pull this thing together that we all want again so badly.
Just remember, they are people too, although most are very well compensated.
Off the soap box now. Gonna go find someone to ban