Vancouver Canucks ticket prices tumble as fans dump team
Tickets for the once-red-hot team are now selling for $30 or less online
Tickets for Tuesday night's Canucks game against the Winnipeg Jets were selling for as little as $30 last night outside Rogers Arena as fans appear to be losing interest in the lacklustre team.
The official prices for seats range from $62 to $209, but a quick search of Craigslist also turned up dozens of ads promising great seats well below face value, some as low as $25 each.
Some sellers were even offering to deliver them, if you will just take the tickets off their hands.
"It hasn't been this bad since the Keenan days... and even a bit lower," said ticket broker Kingsley Bailey, referring to Mike Keenan, who coached the team during two losing seasons in 1997/98 and 1998/99.
Hot tickets no more
It used to be fans would pay hundreds of dollars for even a nose-bleed seat at the Canucks' home games. Some even flew to Phoenix or San Jose to get a great seat at one of the team's away games.
The team even boasted about its sellout streak of close to 500 games.
But that run of sellouts ended earlier this year, when after a strong start, the team's performance faded.
As the goals dried up, so has the fan support, with ticket prices dropping to levels not seen in years.
The team has tried to improve this season by hiring a new coach, GM and former team captain Trevor Linden as the new president.
Bailey says seasons ticket holders have endured too many price increases by management that didn't seem to care about the fans.
"[They] were not good to their season ticket base..[you] can only give it to season ticket holders so long," he said.
With files from Susana da Silva