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Tailing the Komets

Komets excited about Toledo outdoor game


Thu, 01/23/2014 - 10:24am

So a new jersey to wear, huh?  Also a new jersey to auction off or sell.  Good idea, don't you think?

I'm going to go outside, sit down in my front yard for a couple of hours, then wonder where my common sense ran off to as I thaw out.  I can't see much difference.

Blake Sebring
Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:41am

Go watch a game at Canlan. It's the same thing without the windchill.

Blake Sebring
Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:43am

Just out of curiousity, how much would all of you be willing to pay for tickets to an outdoor game in Fort Wayne?

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:13pm

I was able to see the outdoor game at Wrigley. Red Wings VS The Blackhawks. Loved the experience, it was freezing but it was totally worth it...Those tickets were almost $400 each. I would expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $100 to see a game here. And yes, I would pay to see it! If you love Hockey and you love the team that is playing in the game, it is totally worth it. 

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:53pm

Anything over $100 would seem a bit much.  I just called the ticket office and they made no mention of a waiting list or information list.  They just said to keep checking.

A game at Parkview Field would be awesome.  Reach out to ND hockey and get a double header to help with costs with Komets vs Kwings to open and ND vs. Michigan.  

Anne Argast
Thu, 01/23/2014 - 2:10pm

I'd pay at least $75/ticket for this kind of experience. Going to Toledo will cost considerably more. It is a lifetime memory.

Year after Canlan opened we had an 8 a.m. game on the rink without seats. Outside temp was around zero. Inside at the glass was about 20. It was frigid.

Anne Argast
Thu, 01/23/2014 - 2:20pm

Speaking of ticket prices, why is it that season tickets for the American League Binghamton Senators cost $555 for the side and $515 on the ends?  200-level Hershey Bears seats are $540 with free parking; Rochester Americans have all their seats priced at $518.

I thought the theory was that Fort Wayne wouldn't pay the amount that it would take to be in the higher legaue? These prices are less than we pay for Komets.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 3:03pm

Ssshh Anne!  Don't ask those questions!!

You are basing your post on fact and we have been told it would cost much, much more.  So much more we just couldn't afford it.

Thanks for bringing a legitimate question back on board.  Many in Fort Wayne have wondered the same, exact thing.

Blake Sebring
Thu, 01/23/2014 - 4:28pm

You won't like this, but part of the answer is the additional charges the coliseum has on every ticket. I think it's $2.50 per ticket now, but i'm not 100 percent sure on that.

And please don't say they get free rent because they get charged for everything else, incluidng Zamboni, Ribbon board, scoreboard, press box food etc. There are a million charges.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 6:55pm

Almost another weekend here....and still no "future considerations" from Orlando.

#1 Fan
Thu, 01/23/2014 - 7:06pm

Francis Verreault Paul was suspended by Orlando. Ian Slater was put on reserve today. Maybe we get one or both of them. Also Cody Reichard was traded to Orlando today.

Susan Butcher
Thu, 01/23/2014 - 8:51pm

I don't like cold weather, I wouldn't attend, besides that not enough good seats

Anne Argast
Fri, 01/24/2014 - 7:14am

You're right Blake, I don't like it. I don't  know what types of payments are made at other venues, but if Coliseum policy puts the Komets at a disadvantage then that sounds like an economic development issue and should be addressed by the County Commissioners, or whoever else it is that has oversight authority.

Tom J. in WalleyeWorld
Fri, 01/24/2014 - 10:27am

Last I heard locally is that tickets will be $75 to $100. I'll pay that much for this game. Also, for what it's worth, the Walleye DO NOT get any money from parking. All downtown lots are either privately or city owned. No connection with the Walleye/Mud Hens.

Susan Butcher
Fri, 01/24/2014 - 2:53pm

Have at it:




The five-member Board of Trustees oversees the operation of a sports arena and exposition center. All appointments are made by the Allen County Board of Commissioners and serve a four year term. Appointments expire the first Monday of the year. There must be a political balance maintained on the board with no more than a simple majority of appointments being from the same political party.


Maclyn T. Parker (R)

Maye Johnson (D)

Laura Rhoades (R)

Phil GiaQuinta (D)

Denny Sutton (R)


The Allen County Board of Commissioners: Linda K. Bloom, Nelson Peters, Therese M. Brown   Citizens Square, Suite 410
200 East Berry Street
Fort Wayne, IN  46802
(260) 449-7555 Phone
(260) 449-7568 Fax
(260) 449-7671 PIO
M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Anne Argast
Fri, 01/24/2014 - 5:15pm


Thanks for the information. In fact, in addition to various city organizations,  I believe the Coliseum Board is one of thirty Boards and Commissions  in Allen County with oversight of everything from the Allen County Park and Rec to Zoning.  I think it would make a very interesting investigative story by one of the town's reporters (and I don't necessarily mean a sports reporter) to look at the way this system works and the way it affects the operation of so many vital parts of our community.

I have no way of knowing if the Komet owners ever considered a move to AAA, and really it doesn't matter, but the question remains: why do other cities often no bigger than Fort Wayne, and often with a smaller fan base, manage to do it at a cost about the same as a Komets season ticket?  Komet season, upper Arena, $585. For comparable seats in the AHL: Albany $564; Adirondack $590 (with some variation); Syracuse $560;  Rockford $475, Utica $490. Some are higher like  Wilkes-Barre at $820 but many also have extras like free or reduced parking or a free ticket to see a game at the NHL parent club. Seems odd to me.


Blake Sebring
Fri, 01/24/2014 - 5:21pm

Some of those teams (I don't know the exact number) are owned by NHL parent clubs who couldn't find anybody stupid enough to purchase them individually. Just going by attendance numbers,  you'd have to guess that at the very least, any team drawing fewer than 5,500 fans per game is losing money. There just aren't that many other revenue streams. That's why Peoria dropped out. So that's 2/3s of the AHL.

Why else would ECHL champion Reading be for sale? They should be making hay this year after winning the title, but they are not.

It's getting to the point where to buy a minor league hockey team you have to be willing to operate it at a loss, and the Frankes are not willing/able to do that.

As I've said a few times on here, if I won the lottery, the last place I'd invest in is a minor league hockey team.

I think we're about to see another major shrinkage in the number of minor league teams.  Tough, tough business.

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 3:26pm

Quit standing out in the cold so much and you won't have that "major shrinkage".

Sorry, I couldn't resist.