Canes freeze prices for season-ticket holders

Staff writerMarch 9, 2011 

— The Carolina Hurricanes announced Tuesday that season-ticket pricing for the 2011-12 season at the RBC Center will remain unchanged.

"We're trying to give our season-ticket holders as many benefits as we can," Hurricanes president and general manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday of the price freeze. "It's something we felt we needed to do. That's not to say we will not increase gate prices, but we will look at that when the times comes.

"Many factors go into setting ticket prices. There's obviously the need to generate enough revenue to run our business efficiently and give us the opportunity to be a competitive team. We also need to look at it from the consumers' point of view. The economy still has not recovered."

Rutherford said the Canes' season-ticket base for this season showed a net increase from last season - Carolina does not report season-ticket numbers - but noted hosting the 2011 NHL All-Star Game at the RBC Center was a factor in that boost.

"That was a big benefit for our season-ticket holders this year, to have the opportunity to buy tickets to the All-Star Game," Rutherford said. "We want to maintain our season-ticket base and hopefully add to it."

Rutherford said average home attendance also has shown an increase since the All-Star Game in late January, adding, "We're doing pretty well."

The Hurricanes rank 20th in the league with an average of 16,086 per home game, up from 15,240 last season.

The Hurricanes again will offer full-season, 26-game and 12-game ticket plans in 2011-12. Full-season ticket holders and 26-game plan holders receive the highest priority for seat selection.

The Hurricanes also announced that season-ticket-holder pricing for potential 2011 Stanley Cup playoff games will remain frozen at second-round prices through the Eastern Conference finals and Stanley Cup finals for all season-ticket holders who renew and use their playoff priority before March 31.

Season-ticket plans range from $924 to $5,775. or 919-829-8945

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