Kram battles with that little voice in his head as he decides about tickets to Flyers/Islanders 2017.
Voice: You’ve got a kid in college, can you really afford > $100 to see a practice game?
Kram: Good point. That is pretty expensive. In fact, it’s about double what my normal tickets cost for the Phantoms. Still, it’s live hockey. After watching that last Stanley Cup game–the one where they gave out trophies at the end–it reminded me of how much better the sport is in person. By the time September rolls around, baseball will be over and I’m going to be itching to get back to the arena. Do I really want a “Hockey Night” without a Kram in the house?
Voice: But it’s (Allen Iverson Voice:) PRACTICE. You know as well as I do that hockey doesn’t translate well into exhibition games. You remember the past couple exhibitions, right? You remember the All Star “Challenge”?
Kram: Another point well-taken. I remember one of those Flyers exhibitions I was so disgusted with the quality of the play I went to the BrewWorks for some sandwiches. The All Star thing was fine and I don’t really mind the 3-on-3, but you are correct: The intensity was noticeably less than even a regular season 3-on-3, after the players have played a whole game. At least the Phantoms pre-season games you’ve got guys battling for roster spots. Probably not so much with the Flyers. And the Islanders will probably be more like the Sound Tigers anyway. But it is a chance to see the top talent right here in our back yard. You don’t see the Phillies here any more, do you? How about the Union, have they all made the trip, as a squad, to Goodman? Nope. Only the Flyers. And most AHL teams don’t get this, either. Think the Pens will bother hauling that big heavy cup to Wilkes-Barre? OK, maybe they will, but will Sid and Geno be along? Probably not.
Voice: Dude, you’re not even a Flyers fan. Why are you even considering this?
Kram: This is hard. OK, another good point. I really like the hockey and I really like the arena and all of my hockey friends. If we don’t support these games, they might not hold them any longer. And what if the game sells out?
Voice: Now you’re getting ridiculous. The arena will still be there once the Phantoms preseason starts. Your friends will still like you–although maybe not as much when they find out which NHL team you like. I don’t think you have to worry about the game selling out–or not selling at all. For folks who are die-hard Flyers fans, this is a no-brainer. Look, you know what this is about, right? It’s about money plain and simple. If the Flyers could get this amount for a third or fourth preseason game in Philadelphia, they would, right? It’s a bigger arena and that means more money. But, folks don’t necessarily want to pay full price for the pre-season games unless they have to. I mean, that’s why they include them with your season ticket package for Phantoms, right? And that’s why the preseason games are less for Phantoms if you buy them individually, right? Remember, you went to an NHL game in Pittsburgh a couple years ago. How much did you pay for those tickets?
Kram: $19 each
Voice: Woah! That’s pretty good. Where did you sit?
Kram: Blue line.
Voice: Why were they so cheap?
Kram: Because I bought them on Stub Hub from a season ticket holder who…. Oh, I see where you’re going with this. OK, so you obviously have some thoughts. What do you think I should do?
Voice: Wait them out. It’s not going to sell out, and you’ll likely be able to get some kind of deal closer to the time of the event. Even with fees you’ll either spend less or get even better seats than your regular seats. Plus, you might only have to buy one seat because your kids are either in college or too busy to be bothered with going to games–and no one else likes you because of your NHL choices.
It’s all for fun–absolutely go to this game! Or, don’t. It’s completely up to you. Here’s the official press release from the team:
NHL Flyers vs. Islanders at PPL Center on September 20Tickets on Sale This Friday, June 16June 14, 2017Lehigh Valley, PA – The Philadelphia Flyers, parent club of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, are pleased to announce they will hit the ice at PPL Center in a preseason showdown against the New York Islanders on Wednesday, September 20 at 7:05 p.m. This will mark just the third-ever NHL game to be played in the Lehigh Valley.Philadelphia skated in the Lehigh Valley’s first-ever NHL game on September 21, 2015 when the Flyers downed the Islanders inside PPL Center. Last year, Philadelphia earned a 2-0 shutout over the New Jersey Devils in front of a raucous Lehigh Valley crowd on September 28, 2016.Over the last two years, more than 15,000 fans have poured into PPL Center to watch NHL stars like Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek, Brayden Schenn, Michael Raffl, Travis Konecny, Ivan Provorov and Michal Neuvirth showcase their skills in downtown Allentown.“This game is a tremendous celebration of the Flyers/Phantoms affiliation and is a true showcase of the successful partnership we’ve enjoyed through the years,” said Phantoms co-owner/governor Jim Brooks.“It’s always exciting to see hockey return to PPL Center,” added Phantoms co-owner/governor Rob Brooks. “And it’s a thrill to be able to kick off next year’s action by welcoming the Flyers and Islanders back to the Lehigh Valley.”Tickets for the preseason showdown are available beginning today to Phantoms season ticket holders through an exclusive pre-sale. What’s more, season ticket members will receive a discount on tickets to this highly-anticipated rivalry contest.Tickets will then be available to the general public beginning on Friday, June 16 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be available online at pplcenter.com, by calling 610-347-TIXX  or in-person at the PPL Center Box Office [701 Hamilton Street].“For the third straight season we are delighted to announce that the Flyers are playing again in Allentown,” said Flyers President Paul Holmgren. “This game will give the Lehigh Valley fans not only the chance to see stars on our current Flyers team but also up-and-coming stars of the future. We could not be more pleased with our affiliation with the Phantoms and are honored to be able to play in one of the top arenas in the AHL.”In the team’s 21-year history, the Phantoms have helped produce a host of NHL stars including Flyers captain Claude Giroux and 2016 Calder Trophy finalist Shayne Gostisbehere along with three-time Stanley Cup champion Patrick Sharp and two-time Stanley Cup champions Jeff Carter and Mike Richards.