Well, that didn’t take long.
Just 24 hours after John Tortorella’s letter to Season Ticket Holders (and really to all fans, because, well, it got out there through several outlets, including Crossing Broad, twice), and roughly 16 hours after the Flyers lost their first game back from the All-Star break 2-1 to the New York Islanders, the organization announced that ticket prices in non-premium sections will not go up next season – locking in the same ticket prices that have been in place since fans returned after the pandemic – and not only that, they are going to credit season ticket holders the equivalent of the value of three games as part of their payment plan for next season.
Below is a mock email that season ticket holders are receiving Tuesday as part of the renewal process:
Just as a clarification, the “three-game credit” applies to full season ticket holders. Partial-season ticket holders will get a two-game credit..
For STH’s who are on a monthly payment plan, this is the equivalent of paying one fewer month. So they would only pay 11 months instead of 12.
Additionally, they are expanding the rewards program, and adding a “points” system where STH’s can accrue points and then trade them in for merchandise, other Wells Fargo events, or even more exclusive access to the team. Longer-term STH’s will be given more points in the bank to start.
The Flyers are also adding a Throwback Thursday Happy Hour for Thursday home games that will likely incorporate some kind of meet-and-greet with alumni, and adding new STH Member events that include a summer movie night, a season kickoff barbecue, and an opportunity to paint the ice, which actually sounds like a fun experience.
Hey, they’re trying to keep you engaged. They recognize that honesty and transparency are the most important things to the fans, considering the state of the team.
Some fans will buy it, others won’t. That’s the nature of this beast and the reality of the mess that was made to get to this point.
Credit the organization for trying to do what it can off the ice, but the real elixir is sustained on-ice success. And that’s still a ways away.