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Posted at 1:15 PM ET, 03/ 8/2011

Ticket to ride

By Ryan Cooper

I read Steinberg's Sports Bog post today about the Caps raising ticket prices, and I have to admit that it bums me out. I can understand why they would raise prices, mostly because the team is really, really good (which is an awesome problem to have) and their ticket prices are already really low compared to the rest of the league.

The problem is, and I’ll admit that it’s a completely selfish one, that I can’t afford to go.

Granted, there are a lot of things I don’t like about the arena experience. I don’t dig the loud music, or the obnoxious fans that fill the arena after Redskins season ends, and I don’t like the added hassle of traveling all the way from close to Baltimore to catch the train. I don’t like any of those “typical” things fans are supposed to complain about, namely the 20 bucks I have to pay for nachos and a drink. Nothing beats the convenience of your own house and bathroom, even if I do have to deal with a manic cat and knuckleheaded pig.

But as much as I like to sit and rip on the “arena experience” thing, there’s really nothing else that comes close to watching the game live. There’s nothing like seeing Ovechkin bowl people over, or Schultz make a competent defensive play that incites derision for not being physical, or watching Karl Alzner skate that I can replicate on a TV. I never understand those people who live in markets with terrible teams that don’t take the opportunity to go to the arena, especially if their prices are dirt cheap. Yes, the home team might stink, but why wouldn’t you go to see the superstars on the other teams?

We as fans have to be so self-conscious these days about how we spend our money, especially in this economy. I haven’t been able to afford Caps tickets proper in a few years now, and that’s okay. I’m trying to stay within a set budget and spend wisely so we can have a roof over our heads. We’ve had to seek out alternatives, such as when wealthier friends of ours have extra tickets or we decide to take a day and drive to Hershey. I worry sometimes about hockey fans that don’t have the alternatives that we had. I think it would be a good idea to have a few nights a year, such as the upcoming Edmonton game and a few other “lower profile” games to have special promotions that offer some budget seating that can get people to the game that normally wouldn’t have a chance to go. I don’t think anyone would complain about that.

So while we will still continue to enjoy the Caps, it will most likely be from the comfort of our own homes. I’m sorry Mr. Leonsis, but I just can’t pay what you want me to pay.

By Ryan Cooper  | March 8, 2011; 1:15 PM ET
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ask the post to raise your stipend?

i know, it's such a bummer

Posted by: j762 | March 8, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

ask the post to raise your stipend?

i know, it's such a bummer

Posted by: j762 | March 8, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Your issue is not with Leonsis unless you are specifically talking about season tickets. Basically all the tickets are sold to STH, so expensive gate prices are irrelevant. Caps tickets to each game cost what the market says they do. Go to stubhub and craigslist. Many weeknight games are available for 30 bucks or less.

Posted by: makplan20002 | March 9, 2011 8:43 AM | Report abuse

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