Price increases for the other five ticket categories are less dramatic. The cheapest ticket, $11 as part of a package last season, $13 individually, will go up to $12.50 and $14.50, respectively, about 13.6 percent more on the package price, about 11.5 percent on the individual price.
"The real issues here are the costs of doing business in the National Hockey League," Flyers vice president Ron Ryan said yesterday. "We're rebuilding, we've got to re-sign key veterans and emerging, young players, and we still don't know the impact of the new collective bargaining agreement."
Ryan said the Flyers' ticket prices ranked 18th among 22 NHL teams last season. He predicted that even with the increase, "we're still going to be in the bottom half of the league."
The Flyers, who also raised some ticket prices last season, are in a tough spot. During the '80s, they stayed well below most of the NHL, particularly in the price of more expensive seats. Now, with the team out of the playoffs for the past three seasons and fans impatient for improvement, NHL economics pretty much dictate that they have to try to get more money from gate receipts, the chief source of money in a league that lacks a major U.S. TV contract.
Apparently, Bob Clarke won't officially rejoin the Flyers until after the June 20 NHL entry draft in Montreal. Clarke talked to reporters yesterday in Minnesota as the North Stars made official his resignation as general manager, along with coach Bob Gainey's appointment as Clarke's successor. Gainey will remain coach. Clarke said he agreed to stay on for the draft and to close the sale of his Edina, Minn., home. Clarke, the Hall of Famer who was fired as general manager in April 1990, is expected to take a vice presidential-level post with the Flyers in which he will advise GM Russ Farwell and team president Jay Snider . . . Former Flyers assistant coach Andy Murray, who followed Clarke to the North Stars, has accepted an offer to become GM and coach of a team in Switzerland. Murray, who has coached in Europe before, reportedly will make $500,000 over two years.
FLYERS' TICKET PRICE INCREASES
SEASON TICKETS INDIVIDUAL GAMES
Location 1991-92 1992-93 Chg. 1991-92 1992-93 Chg.
First Level Center $28.00 $35.00 +25.0 $33.00 $40.00 +21.2
First Level End $25.00 $30.00 +20.0 $30.00 $35.00 +16.7
Second Level Center (Front) $19.00 $22.50 +18.4 $24.00 $27.50 +14.6
Second Level End (Front) $18.00 $21.00 +16.7 $22.00 $25.00 +13.6
Second Level (Rear) $14.00 $15.50 +10.7 $18.00 $19.50 + 8.3
Third Level $11.00 $12.50 +13.6 $13.00 $14.50 +11.5