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Survey says: Fans prepared to pay price

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:07 AM ET

The results of a Winnipeg Sun online survey suggests most Winnipeggers won’t suffer from sticker shock if the NHL returns.

Of 410 people answering a question about ticket prices, 72% said they are willing to pay at least $50 to see a single game, with most saying they’d spend between $50 and $100.

A small portion (47 respondents) even said they’d pay more than $100 per game.

Based on the average price in Edmonton ($60), it’s believed the average ticket price here would have to be $60-70 for a franchise to make ends meet.

Less than one-quarter of respondents said they’d pay less than $50 per game.

However, just 36% of all respondents said they’d actually buy season tickets, suggesting a franchise would have to sell thousands of single game tickets and mini-packs to fill the 15,000-seat MTS Centre.

If they were buying season tickets, more than half of those responding said they couldn’t spend more than $2,000 on them. At an average of $60, a season ticket would cost around $2,400.

Some 43% say they’d be willing to spend more, some as much as $8,000 for a high-end seat.

The survey, which garnered 474 overall responses, also asked if Winnipeggers are wealthy enough to support a team, with three-quarters saying yes.

A slightly higher percentage said the city has enough corporate support to keep a team here.

Three-quarters of respondents also favoured at least “minor” taxpayer support to get a team back.


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