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Time to Game Plan

Here's the Panthers 2008-2009 schedule, hot off the press.

Oct. 10 at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11 Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Oct. 20 at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 22 at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Oct. 24 San Jose, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 25 at St. Louis, 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 30 Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 1 at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Nov. 2 at Atlanta, 5 p.m.
Nov. 6 at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Nov. 8 at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
Nov. 9 at Anaheim, 8 p.m.
Nov. 12 Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 14 Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 18 at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 20 at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Nov. 21 at Boston, 7 p.m.
Nov. 24 Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 26 New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 28 N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 30 at N.Y. Rangers, 1 p.m.
Dec. 2 at Washington, 7 p.m.
Dec. 4 Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 6 Boston, 7 p.m.
Dec. 8 at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 11 at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Dec. 12 at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Dec. 14 at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Dec. 18 at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Dec. 21 Colorado, 5 p.m.
Dec. 23 Nashville, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 26 Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 27 at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 29 Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 31 at N.Y. Islanders, 2 p.m.
Jan. 3 at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.
Jan. 4 at Montreal, 1 p.m.
Jan. 6 at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 8 Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 10 Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Jan. 16 Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 19 Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 21 Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 27 Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 29 Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Feb. 3 at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 5 N.Y. Islanders, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 at Washington, 7 p.m.
Feb. 10 Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 12 at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Feb. 13 N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 15 Washington, 5 p.m.
Feb. 17 New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 19 Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 21 Boston, 7 p.m.
Feb. 24 at Boston, 7 p.m.
Feb. 26 at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.
Feb. 28 at New Jersey, 1 p.m.
Mar. 1 at Washington, 3 p.m.
Mar. 3 at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Mar. 5 Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 7 St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Mar. 10 at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 12 at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Mar. 14 Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Mar. 17 Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 19 Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 21 Columbus, 7 p.m.
Mar. 23 Carolina, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 25 at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Mar. 26 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Mar. 28 at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Mar. 31 Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 3 Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 5 Pittsburgh, 5 p.m.
Apr. 7 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Apr. 9 at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Apr. 11 Washington, 7 p.m.

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Yeah, so the more I think about certain games having added charges to them for single tickets, the less I like it. I was a seat holder for the last 3 seasons but now I am in grad school, so naturally, I have no money! Any games I or my classmates go to this season will be bought separately. So, I guess I am one of those people that gets affected by this new pricing structure.

Seriously, a $25 surcharge for "special" games? Apparently the dips in the front office just figured out that there are very, very few full-time panthers fans and have decided to milk the away fans.

I am buying a 6 game mini plan to avoid the surcharge.

I am a Panthers' season ticket holder who really likes the premium game pricing. I go to several games per year in Buffalo, and they've been doing this for a couple of years. It means the "occasional" attendee pays more for premium games. That makes sense to me, because I'm paying for 41 games, although I may only get to 35 or so because of business and other travel. So I put my $$ behind all the games.

Let me get this right. Someone who has lived here for 20 years, & is only going to show up for the Rangers (or Montreal)cheering on "their" team is upset because he has to pay more for those games. Oh, the humanity! How could the greedy Panthers do such a thing to such loyal fans!

Give me a break. I've been a season ticket holder since day 1 (I actually gave money to John Henry when he was trying to get a team down here before the Panthers), & I'm not happy with the direction (or lack thereof) of the team over the past several years, but sometimes magt. gets it right. It's time to start looking out for those people who have been supporting the team financially over the long haul. Don't worry about the guy who is only going to show up 1-2 times a year. If he can't afford to go (boo hoo), then some other snow bird will buy the seat. Let magt. make a couple of extra bucks off of the other teams fans.

Hey, put a product on the ice worth paying for and i'll pay for it, until then, these asshats should be happy ANYONE shows up to their 3 hour commericals (i mean, games..)

So what's the problem? Someone who finds it easy to gripe annonomously on a blog, & only shows up when he can get a coupon for free tickets complains because he'll have to spend a couple of extra bucks. If money is that tight, you shouldn't be buying tickets for sporting events in the first place. Just sit at home & watch the game on TV (assuming that you can afford cable), wear your Avery tee shirt, pop a beer & yell GO RANGERS at the screen. The rest of us won't miss you.

Sorry, try again!

I actually was a Panther fan since '93 (and season ticket holder for many years) but as the team refuses to earn my money, I'll be damned if I am going to give them more for doing less - just because I want to see "the good teams".

The extra $25 is an insult to anyone that doesn't want to buy a six game plan and be forced to watch the South-least divional crap games.

How are the Panthers insulting you by charging more for the few games that you want to see? It's called supply & demand. You're obviously not much of a Panther fan right now (although if they start winning you'll jump right onto the bandwagon), so why shouldn't they get a few extra bucks from you, since you're only interested in seeing the other team.

If you don't like the pricing program, spring for the NHL Center Ice package, & you can watch your favorite team to your heart's content. Meanwhile someone else will buy that ticket. It sure beats the Panthers old approach of giving away truckloads of tickets to folks rooting for the other team, under the assumption that they will buy enough beer to make it a profitable proposition.

No sweat, I am primed and ready to re-up the Center Ice. I hope that they do sell out the more expensive games (snicker...as if they could even at normal prices).


As for how are they insulting me, well this is NOT a supply and demand situation (with the exception of Detroit, presumably). This is a monopoly screwing people because they figure they can raise a few extra bucks. Meanwhile, they have not proved a thing about their ability to play better, nor have they made a single FA acquisition that has WOW'ed me. I expect them to be WORSE than last season and they expect me to pay MORE for the chance to watch it, just because I need the occassional live hockey fix and would like to see a few games actually worth watching?!?!?!

Oh excuse me, great Bigtimefan!! How could I have been so ungrateful! Please, please, please screw me at the box office!!! Of course I want to drop an extra $100 bucks to take my family to a good game. The kids can share one overpriced hot dog and an overiced coke!!

Lemmie ask you a question? How's it feel to be a fan boy, who will bend over and say "Thank you sir, may I have another?"

putz......

Ron,

Your post on the FIRST Miami Arena hockey exhibition brought back som real memories! I was in attendance too that night..Of course soince that game, EVERY hockey fan around says they were there.

I remember Henry and I think Rick Horrow were trying to get the team, and that instant sellout of the Gretzky lead Kings vs. The Rangers was a real sight.

The moment I walked in the arena to see the ice, I knew there'd be problems. It looked AWFUL and it quickly turned to slush that was dangerous to the players. They actually put orange cones on the ice and tried to continue, but they wound up cancelling the remaining time of the game! What laughs! However there were PLENTY of BOOOOOS that night at the time.

I still have the orange and blue bumper sticker that said "Miami, Ready for the Ice Age"..and what's funny was..after they cancelled the game, some fat NYer stood up and screamed "Hey Miami..You ain't ready for the Ice Age"...

Some would argue that still may be so.

Angeron,

We don't want you to come either.

Our seats in the Arena were the row behind the Press Box (they had the first 2 rows upstairs- no separate press area). The scrathed players for the other team would sit there & sign autographs. One Ranger game someone yelled at Neil Smith to get the guy in front of him to sit down, & he yelled back "I'm not a f@#king usher".

Good memories.

Obviously, you can't make your point without name calling. That's the great thing about the Internet; it lets your true personality come out without anybody knowing who you are.

Since you're such a hockey expert, why don't you share with the rest of us the FA signings that the Panthers should have made that would have WOWed you. Don't forget to include how much the player actually signed for, & include that in the Panthers salary cap amount. The reality is that most UFA best years are behind them, & the one's that are good get max contracts.

Let's be honest. You're not going out & buying season tickets, even if the Panthers signed that UFA that WOWed you. You're complaining about spending an extra $100.00, forgive me if I doubt that you're ready to spend thousands of dollars for season tickets, but for the Panthers not signing that UFA that WOWed you.

Here's a news flash. Every NHL team (with the possible exception of the NYC metro teams)are monopolies. That's the way it works in professional sports. The team charges more for certain game because they can (dirty secret of Capitalism). There are lots of games available without premium pricing. The fact that the only games you deem to be worth watching in person are the premium games tells me that you're not a hockey fan in general, or a Panthers fan in particular; you're a fan of the visiting team. So why should the Panthers worry about offending you. It's in their interest to be concerned about their season ticket holders, who are willing to commmit to more games, & not just cherry pick.

Hey, maybe after you take your family to dinner before the game (I don't blame you, I won't eat the overpriced food they sell at any sporting venue), you can get some tickets from one of the scalpers in front of the BAC.

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