Hawks raise ticket prices for next season

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks announced Thursday they will raise season-ticket prices by an average of 16 percent next season.

Blackhawks ticket operations and customer relations vice president Chris Werner said Thursday not all season-ticket holders will be affected the same by the price increase. For example, the season-ticket package that was priced at $28 per game this season will be increased to $36 next season. The Blackhawks offer eight different season-ticket packages.

"We're still trying to keep prices affordable and have different plans to choose from," Werner said. "We know how important it is to have a full building. What's so rewarding about working for the Blackhawks is having so loyal and dedicated fans.

"We were ranked 11th in ticket prices last season. We're a team that operates in a major market. We were ranked 28th in ticket prices during the 2007-08 season. We've made so many improvements in personnel and in the team in recent years that we're trying to remain competitive in a major market."

The Blackhawks have had 215 consecutive sellouts at the United Center dating back to the 2007-08 season. They offer 75 percent of the seating at the United Center as part of season-ticket packages. There are more than 12,000 people on the season-ticket waiting list, according to Werner.

The Blackhawks also announced that the 2013-14 season-ticket plan will not include tickets to the outdoor game between the Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field on March 1, 2014. Werner said season-ticket holders will have a chance to purchase tickets to the game prior to the general public sales. The NHL, not the Blackhawks, will be responsible for ticket sales to Soldier Field.