Okay...first let me say this is not a 'compare and contrast' article. The point of this post is not to bring up that people in Hamilton Ontario put down 14,000 deposits on tickets...the point here is to update you on the success we are having in a NON-TRADITIONAL hockey market...even with all that said I fully expect snide comments.
The team finished Thursday with a total of 8,764 full-season ticket equivalents, topping the 8,758 the Predators finished with in 2005-06. Yes I realize that is only 6 more than last year...but we are in the middle of July here in Tennessee where football is king and we have had 8 consecutive days of temps topping the 100 degree mark...hockey is not on the minds of the average person around here.
There was interesting comment made in the comments section of The Tennessean on this article.
I work for another similar NHL team in the Season Ticket department, and I have to say that it is unreal that the team has more season ticket holders now.
My organization is having incredible difficulty tracking down people to renew, or merely talk to them about next season. You can mock all you want about only 6 more tickets being sold at this point, but with new in-season promotions and playoff pushes, another 1,000 season ticket plans will be picked up, and that 6 will look a lot better as 1,006. To be at the number they are at now is remarkable.
Congrats to the Predators organization and the city of Nashville. The rest of the league has noticed.
This is great news if you are a Preds fan...especially with the news that the new ownership group is hoping for an additional three million in tax incentives from the city. This is still far from a done deal but this city is stepping up the best it knows how. We are finally seeing support from the downtown merchants (the ones who directly benefit from the 40+ home dates each year) and that is crucial.