Stars have cited the limited size of their fanbase, the rise in import levels and a desire to remain competitive in Britain’s top league as the main contributory factors behind the decision.
A quick check around Elite League club websites has revealed the average price of the cheapest adult ticket is now above £16.00, with some charging £19.00 for ‘premium’ seats. At the lower end of the scale some NIHL teams charge over £10.00 per game.
Do fans think these prices represent value for money? Would you pay more to increase your club’s chances of success?
Here’s what some fans said:
@briticehockey In fairness to the Stars, they’ve built a great team for fans. Vicious circle: low crowds = higher ticket costs = low crowds.
— Alistair Thorn (@AlistairThorn) November 11, 2015
@BritIceHockey every team in the league knew for 3 years the import level would be going up. And extra costs were going to be there 2 of 3
— Jock Mackie (@jockmackie6) November 11, 2015
@BritIceHockey if it improves the import quality or game night experience good for them. But could stop some attending. Ie families
— kenny n rose wilson (@rkdwilson) November 11, 2015
— Gary Urquhart (@UrquhartGary) November 12, 2015
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