And they are quick to point out that "fans are encouraged to purchase tickets now,'' what with the new dynamic pricing structure and all.
Remember, a few months ago the team announced that not only was it putting tarps on the top six rows of the upper deck to reduce capacity to just 17,040, but that -- like airlines -- prices of tickets would fluctuate depending on the demand to various games.
Let the Panthers do the explaining (because I don't feel like getting into it:
Under the dynamic pricing structure, all
Panthers games will be classified in one of four categories: bronze
(least expensive and below 2009-10 prices), silver, gold and platinum
However, as demand increases for specific games,
its pricing structure will increase as well, allowing games that
begin under the bronze, silver or gold classification to move all the
way up to platinum should sales demand it.
Pricing structure classification cannot decrease, so to get the best value fans are encouraged to purchase season ticket packages now, or buy single game tickets as soon as they are released tomorrow.
So there you are. Do with this information what you will. I'm just relaying the message.
-- The team also announced that it's going to have a number of different promotions, from everything to Bill Torrey Tribute Night (Oct. 23 vs. the Islanders) to Power 96 after parties and postgame concerts on Friday nights.
The Panthers will also have a 'Thanksgiving Feast' for the three Thanksgiving games (duh), Holiday Spectacular (Dec. 27 vs. Boston and Dec. 31 vs. Montreal), Family Fitness Day (March 6 vs. Washington), Throwback Nights (red jerseys?) and Fan Appreciation Night (April 9 vs. Washington).
-- Other big changes coming including a total revamping of the in-game experience with popular public address announcer Bill Murphy being reassigned. From how I hear it, he's going to roam around and do stuff on the video board during timeouts and such.
Randi Ross is out as the in-house personality as well, but there will be another young lady taking her place. The music of Brian Lenihan has also been scrapped as he has been replaced too.
So who's the new voice of the Panthers in Sunrise?
South Florida radio personality Mitch Phillips -- the voice of the 'Have you been drinking tonight, sir?' DUI ads that run just about every three seconds.
You can also hear Phillips' voice on the new '72 Dolphins radio spots airing on 560-WQAM.
Anyway, I know some of you all could care less about this stuff -- but there are some of you who do.
So there you go.