Here's the thing. I don't buy season tickets to anything. Even the O's. I'll probably buy O's season tickets when I have kids, the Sunday plan or something. But for now, going to games is kind on on a whim, and there are always tickets. Cheap ones, I stand in the flag court or sit in the bleachers, not being greedy and sneaking down by the dugouts and all.
Ravens, I'll go to one or two games a year to get the fan experience, but I like being at home or a bar more often. Although, if the NFL keeps going the way it is and my interest in games that aren't Ravens games begins to fade, I might consider Ravens season tickets. Few times a year I'll go to my buddy's tailgate even if I'm not going to the game, and people around are always stuck with extra tickets, sometimes I'll grab a seat last minute.
Anyway. The perk of season tickets to me is first crack at playoff tickets at face value. The Orioles getting playoff games is a fluid situation. The Ravens getting home playoff games....well....few and far between. And the damn Super bowl will never be here.
The Caps on the other hand, given the NHL structure, will more often than not be there for post season play. They have also sold out every game since 2008 or so.
I missed out on playoff tickets for this series (Hope there is another two rounds to try). Looking at Caps tickets on their team site, and they seem to really give great value to those who buy full season plans. 41 games. What I would consider decent tickets, first few rows in the upper deck on the end of the ice the Caps shoot twice, are $42 per seat. If you buy this as a single game ticket, or in the 5 or 10 game season ticket plans, it's around $72 per seat. Thats a huge jump. Furthermore, the same seats for the playoffs by being a full season ticket holder are $50 for round one, $60 for round two, $80 for conference finals, $100 for the Stanley Cup. Again. huge bargain. The single game tickets on ticket master for nose bleeds are up to about $131 for this round. Farther up in the deck, and over double the price by not being a full season plan holder.
So I figured out the math. Not including taxes and fees, if I buy two seats in a full season plan, for the $42, it's $3,444 dollars for the year. Throw in the playoffs, if in a Presidents Cup year where all series go all seven games, the total is maxed out at $5,764.
I'm not a baller like that where I can drop $4K on hockey tickets. I don't even live near DC where I just up and go if I want. I'd probably realistically go to 5-10 regular season games, and save for the playoffs.
So...my ultimate question...how hard is it to sell tickets online to say, when Columbus comes to town on a school night? I'm not even trying to turn a profit. I would sell the tickets on the secondary market at face value if it guarantees I can sell them, just because I'd want to go to some of these playoff games for $100-$200 a pair instead of $300-$600 a pair.
So how hard is it? Worth the $4K ish risk? Or should I get like four friends and split the cost four ways and people do with what they want?