A long absence from the playoffs does not mean the Maple Leafs are still going to charge 2004 ticket prices. Costs for round one, Toronto’s first trip since May of ’04, are set to rise a whopping 75% against a regular-season ducat, which was already the highest in the National Hockey League. Tickets at the ACC can range from under $100 to a few more than $400, but in February, U.S.-based Team Marketing Report listed the Leafs with an average of $127.89. Anticipating the public’s sticker shock, Tom Anselmi, the president and COO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, claimed that it was in line with what major NHL markets charge at this time of year. The Montreal Canadiens, a possible first-round opponent, have increased their tickets between 55% and 59%, matching their previous playoff increases according to a team representative. As of Sunday’s regular-season conclusion, NHL clubs no longer pay player salaries, so post-season games are lucrative, especially if a team goes far. Most of the 18,819 Leafs seats are subscriber controlled with a corporate element that will absorb the extra costs. For the rest who can pay for single playoff games, the club operates the Leafs Last Minute Club, to sign up for access to purchase seats. Details for round one for those fans will be on the club’s website by Tuesday, with availability likely by Thursday or Friday. At least there are few potential building conflicts for the Leafs next month. The ACC calendar shows American indie rockers The Killers play on May 15, followed by the Rolling Stones on May 23.
Leafs hiking playoff tickets 75%!
Toronto Sun | Apr 23