With the recent announcement of realigned divisions starting next season, it got me thinking...will this cause ticket prices to go up? Well, ticket prices ALWAYS go up, but could we see significant price jumps, particularly for certain games? First, let me say that I think the new division setup is great for Nashville. The Predators clearly agree. While we'll lose "The Detroit Rivalry", we'll still get to play them twice a year, and the rest of the division is full of teams that are basically in the same situation as us (minus Chicago, of course). Overall, a pretty appealing situation competitively. But I think another huge plus from the franchise's perspective is guaranteed visits from every team, some of those against premier teams that will be in high demand. There's no doubt games against New York, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, etc. will be big sellers, even on weeknights.
So will the Predators move to a more dynamic pricing system that places a high premium on these games? They probably should. Not only would dynamic pricing allow for more revenue on these premium games, teams that have used this strategy have seen an increase in season and advance ticket purchases as well. The reasons for this should be pretty clear...lock in your price now before it goes up. Personally, a big reason I bought a Flex 12 package this year was to get the games against the Eastern Conference teams that didn't come here every year. I knew they'd be difficult to get into later...at least at a reasonable price. I haven't been asked to renew yet, so time will tell if the Predators agree.