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Playoffs getting pricier

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:32 PM ET

Joining the Sea of Red will come at a higher cost this spring.

Calgary Flames season-ticket holders received their invoices for the playoff run this week, and some fans experienced price shock with ducats noticeably higher than the magical spring of 2004.

Though some supporters may see red, expect people such as Day 1 fan Kim Thomas to jam the Saddledome.

"That's the numbers and that's the way it goes," said Thomas, who holds six season tickets -- two of which he donates to charity.

"I'll be there."

Post-season ticket prices have increased 36% to 56% from 2004 rates -- and although Flames president Ken King knows fans don't want to see prices rise, he believes fans will consider the hike fair.

King said first-round playoff tickets two years ago were sold to season-ticket holders at the same price as regular season tickets.

"We easily could have (raised prices back then). Tickets were re-sold many times for much more than we sold them for and I expect they will be again," King said.

"We made a decision to discount them that year and this year we're going with the normal price increase."

He said the Flames average ticket price is 16th in the NHL -- and fifth among the six Canadian teams.

Meanwhile, the team's payroll is currently ninth highest in the league, and is expected to climb when new players are added to the roster before the post-season begins.

King said fans have contacted him about the difference in prices compared to two years ago but said most -- if not all -- understand their pricing.

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POST-SEASON TICKET HIKES

            

Red 1 -- regular season $88.29

2004 2006

Round 1 $88.29 $125.66

Round 2 $102 $138.88

Round 3 $117.50 $158.71

Round 4 $135 $209.42

Blue -- regular season $46.94

2004 2006

Round 1 $46.94 $66.89

Round 2 $54 $73.93

Round 3 $62.50 $84.50

Round 4 $71.50 $111.49

Green -- regular season $28.23

2004 2006

Round 1 $28.23 $40.23

Round 2 $32.50 $44.46

Round 3 $37.50 $50.82

Round 4 $43 $57.04


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