In a battle of who can report it first, George Richards of the Miami Herald released a story yesterday that the Florida Panthers will be making some changes regarding seating and pricing. I’m just kidding about the report it first part.
Anyway, it appears that the Panthers will be shrinking the capacity of the arena by covering up about 2500 seats most likely in the upper bowl, and also be going to an airline pricing model where the prices can vary based on demand.
Here’s the story by George as it appeared on his blog yesterday. I think alot of what’s behind this is a good thing, and some of the reasons are well explained in George’s article. Rather than look at this negatively, let’s look at the positive’s. Less tickets to have to give away to try and fill the stadium. The value of the season ticket holder will have more weight to it. A better appearance with less empty seats, and hopefully a more intimate crowd because of that.
All of these points are valid. Speaking for myself, I would sometimes get a little pissed off knowing that fans could get seats in the lower bowl for next to nothing. Or for nothing for that matter.
The announcement coming on the heels of naming Dale Tallon as the new General Manager gives the impression that yes, things are changing. In all areas.
That’s a good sign. Hopefully there’s more to come.
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