With the start of New York Rangers hockey less than a month away, a growing number of rabid fans has embraced the 2006-2007 season with renewed enthusiasm and allegiance. Following a resurgent 2005-2006 season that energized and excited a growing number of Rangers faithful, the team heads into opening night on Oct. 5, 2006 with a number of strong statistics, including a season-ticket renewal rate of more than 95 percent, the highest in seven seasons, a season-ticket waiting list of more than 3,000 people, the first such waiting list in eight seasons, and a virtual sell-out of all individual game tickets, with just a tenth of the number of tickets available for the coming season when compared to the same time last year.
"Last season, our team played with the work ethic, commitment and pride that our fans were hungry for -- and they forged a very special connection that was reciprocal and infectious," said Jeanie Baumgartner, VP, Marketing, New York Rangers. "We are thrilled that a growing number of fans has responded to the team's strong showing and decided to become a part of the Rangers family at such an exciting time. The organization is committed to ensuring that an allegiance to Rangers hockey is consistently and richly rewarded, both on and off the ice."
The Rangers fanbase includes tremendous longevity, as well as an influx of new fans based on the new look team and its success last season. A full 30 percent of Rangers season subscribers have a tenure of more than 30 years, with 14 accounts remaining with the organization for more than 50 years. At the same time, the team has added 4,000 new full season ticket subscribers over the last two seasons.
"We are extremely fortunate to have the support of long-time Rangers fans, who truly integrate the team into their families from generation to generation," added Baumgartner. "We are also experiencing a tremendous resurgence and expansion of interest in the team which we are looking to build on this season, with increased exposure to the team, our brand and strong partner relationships all designed to show New York sports fans why hockey in general and the Rangers in particular are unlike anything else in the marketplace and so deserving of their attention."
An extremely limited number of individual tickets will go on sale beginning Saturday, Sept. 16 beginning at 12:00 noon via newyorkrangers.com, Ticketmaster charge-by-phone 212-307-7171, 201-507-8900, 631-888-9000, 845-454-3388, 609-520-8383 or Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets are available for select games only and are limited to four tickets per game.