Ticket demands eat into pocketbooks

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:36 AM ET

Jason Spezza and the rest of the Senators are going to have to dig down deep in the Stanley Cup final.

Into their pockets.

Like anybody else with connections, the players are being hit up for tickets for the first Stanley Cup final in Ottawa in the modern era.

Spezza is going to have to find about 15 tickets, he said, for friends and family.

"I'm playing for free. Whatever playoff money they give me, I'm not making a profit off it," said the Senators centre with a laugh yesterday.

He's not going to get any sympathy from fans having to ante up close to $500 a pop for the best seats in the house.

Under the collective bargaining agreement, players are given two free tickets and the opportunity to buy two more for each game.

The tickets are in "the next to highest price level, excluding ... the price level of luxury suites."

Top ticket for the final at Scotiabank Place is $419.83 (plus taxes) and next highest is $329.31.

Fifteen tickets at that price, plus taxes, is going to come in at around $5,500 a game, plus what Spezza has already spent on tickets through the first three rounds.

"If I could get a thousand tickets, I'd be very happy to accept them because I think I could get rid of them very quickly," said Senators coach Bryan Murray.

It's expected fewer than 1,000 tickets will be put on sale to the general public.

Purchasing at least a half-season ticket package for next year will guarantee fans tickets for the final and a savings of up to 68% of the gate price.


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