Nashville, Tenn. (July 26, 2005) - The Nashville Predators today unveiled their 2005-06 business plan that includes a reduction of season-ticket prices to Day One (1998-99) of the franchise, introduction of special weekday pricing for individual game sales, concession specials in October and November, as well as a free preseason game, as the team prepares for its seventh season of NHL play.
"Our No. 1 priority is to win back our fans," said Predators EVP of Business Affairs Steve Violetta. "We have great fans here in Nashville and want to reach out to them via our three P's--pricing, promotion and product. David Poile and the hockey department are committed to putting a competitive and successful product on the ice. Our business operation is committed to developing pricing and promotions that appeal to existing ticketholders and fans and enables us to attract new fans as the NHL returns with an even more entertaining game."
Existing season ticketholders and those who purchase new season tickets before September 30 are entitled to Day One season ticket prices. Season ticketholders will realize a discount ranging from 4-51%, depending on seat location. Predators' season ticket prices with the Day One reduction will range from $10-57 per game. Already one of the lowest prices in the league, the Predators' average season-ticket price per game will be $37.12.
The 2005-06 season marks the first time the Predators will make their $10 tickets available on a season ticket basis, though a designated portion will be maintained for individual game sales. Additionally, there has been some reconfiguring of seat pricing in the Gaylord Entertainment Center for Predators games. Lower Bowl I is comprised of rows 3-15 between the goal lines while Lower Bowl II are seats in rows 16 and above between the goal lines. Lower Bowl III are seats in row 16 and above behind the goal lines.
Another part of the reconfigured pricing structure is the creation of a Family Zone. Located in Sections 320-322, seats in these sections will be available on an individual game basis for $15. Season ticketholders already in these sections will retain their locations, but no additional season tickets will be sold here.
"The Family Zone seats are some of the best seats in the NHL," said Violetta. "They are only 75 feet from the ice and at the end where the Predators shoot twice for just $15."
The Predators will also introduce special weekday prices for individual game sales in October and November. Weekday game prices will be $5-10 less than box-office prices for weekend games.
HIGHLIGHTS OF PREDATORS BUSINESS PLAN FOR 2005-06
- Existing full season ticketholders who maintained active accounts will receive a Predators jersey and an engraved puck on the Wall of Fame.
- Existing and new season ticketholders who purchase prior to September 30 will receive per game price reduction to Day One (4-51% reduction, depending on seat location).
- Bonus tickets to specified games. Full season ticketholders will receive one bonus ticket per ticket on account, redeemable for specified games in October, November and December. Partial season ticketholders will receive one bonus ticket per ticket on account, redeemable for specified games in October.
- Invitation to post-game parties in Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 with players.
- Introduction of special weekday pricing for individual game purchases.
- Prices will be $5-10 lower for weekday games than for weekend dates. Valid for October and November games.
- With support and cooperation of Sportservice, concession prices (excluding alcohol) for all Opening Week home games will be reduced to Day One prices.
- In October and November, Sportservice will offer the following:
- For all Tuesday games, free popcorn.
- For all Thursday games, $1 hot dogs.
- Opening Night commemorative T-shirt to all ticketholders.
- First Saturday home game will feature "Shirt off the Back" promotion in which 20 fans will win game-worn jerseys.
- Plans still being developed for additional giveaways and fan-friendly promotions.
Free Preseason Game
- Sunday, September 25 vs. Carolina at 5 p.m.
- Season ticketholders will receive free game tickets.
- Community service organizations, military and schools will receive all remaining tickets free of charge.
- Donations will be accepted at the door to benefit Predators Foundation.
Entry Draft Party
- Saturday, July 30 from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Gaylord Entertainment Center.
- Tomas Vokoun and all three coaches on site to sign autographs and talk hockey.
- First 1,000 attendees receive Predators T-shirt.
- All attendees will receive free hot dogs, chips and Pepsi.
- Purity Dairy will provide free ice cream.
- New radio partners, 104.5 The Zone and Sportsradio 560, will be on site.
The 2005-06 NHL schedule will feature a dynamic new format that is designed to emphasize rivalries within the divisions and conferences. The Predators will face Central Division rivals the Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues a total of eight times each during the 2005-06 season including four tilts vs. each opponent at the Gaylord Entertainment Center. The 2005-06 NHL schedule will be announced on Wednesday, July 27.
In addition to the new schedule format, the 2005-06 season will introduce a number of rule changes that will improve the quality of the game and enhance the entertainment experience, including the regular-season shootout that will guarantee a winner for every game.
The Predators return in 2005-06 with the nucleus that took them to an exciting playoff run in 2004. Key players such as Tomas Vokoun, Kimmo Timonen, Marek Zidlicky, Scott Hartnell, Adam Hall, Dan Hamhuis, David Legwand and Scott Walker will all return. The Predators also have a deep pool of prospects on the way with players like Ryan Suter, Scottie Upshall and Shea Weber.
For 2005-06 Nashville Predators season-ticket packages, contact a ticket representative at (615) 770-PUCK (7825) or visit us online at www.nashvillepredators.com. Individual game tickets will go on sale at a later date.