The 2005-06 Colorado Avalanche season ticket renewal rate number for the team's Tenth Anniversary Season in Denver is on a pace equal to that set in August 2001, two months after the Avalanche captured its second Stanley Cup.
"To say the least, the interest of our fans in this market is just amazing for Colorado Avalanche Hockey," said Paul Andrews, Executive Vice President of Kroenke Sports Enterprises. "The support and loyalty they are showing is remarkable and I'm taking this opportunity to sincerely thank them."
As in past seasons, the Avalanche will cap season ticket sales at 15,500 in order to maintain seat availability for family nights, groups, and individual game buyers. "Mid-August, we are already at 85% of our cap capacity, the exact same percentage we were at the same time during the summer of 2001," added Andrews. To date, only 38 accounts have officially cancelled their season tickets (approximately 100 seats), roughly the same level of attrition that the team sees every year at this point in time. In addition, the Avalanche has added 400 more season ticket deposits to the waiting list for the upcoming season.
Added Andrews: "The majority of our season ticket holders stayed with us during the lockout, and based on the response we're getting, they have really appreciated the incentives we have given them in recognition and thanks of the support they have given us. I can honestly say that we are in a unique and exclusive situation."
The Avalanche had previously announced that season ticket holder who maintained their money on deposit during the lockout would receive approximately 20% off their season seat prices for 2005-06. Season ticket holders who elected to receive a refund on their deposit money while maintaining their priority status received approximately 10% off their season ticket price.
Later this month, the Avalanche will announce the on-sale date for individual game ticket sales. "From the response and phone calls our office is receiving, we're expecting the demand to be as high as in past seasons," concluded Andrews.
The Colorado Avalanche holds the longest active sellout streak in the NHL at 439 games entering play in 2005-06.