Thursday, June 21, 2007

Dolphins in London

The Dolphins started releasing their pricing for the game in London. They first sent solicitations to the club members, and plan to send it to the rest of the fans at some point (presumably after the club level fans have first crack at them).

There are a limited number of game tickets available, starting at about $100. Then, you're on your own for tranportation and hotel. They also have packages that include a ticket, three nights in a hotel, a pregame buffet, and few other perks at about $3000. My understanding was that this was before airfare.

And about those tickets (without the extras). Season ticket holders can buy them, but they're non-transferrable, and must be picked up in London sometime in the week before the game. Its a way to keep the scalpers getting involved, or so they say.

But, as one astute season ticket holder points out, that's not the way it is with superbowl tickets. As a season ticket holder, you're entered into a lottery, and then have the option of re-selling those tickets.

So, here's what I think: the NFL doesn't want you to come over and see the game. That game is really for locals only, with just a few token americans invited in to watch it.

Season tickets

Earlier today, I received an email from some guy named Jared at Dolphins Stadium. It read:

As you already know the 2007 season is fast approaching. I am asking that you please contact me regarding the status of your Miami Dolphins Season Ticket Account.

We would love to have you back this season, please let us know what it will take. If you would like to move to the 100 level that can be done for you, if you plan to come back this season. Please let me know as soon as possible, I greatly appreciate your help

So, where's the problem here, you ask? Its that he sent it *to* all of the season ticket holders who chose not to renew. And by to, I mean he didn't blind cc everyone as they usually do. He apologized later in the day, but the damage was done. As you can imagine, the "fans" were rather annoyed, err, pissed off that he did this.

By my count, there were over 320 people listed on this distribution. I think I remember reading somewhere that the average number of season tickets per account is 4, so that would mean that the Dolphins lost *at least* 1,200 seats to non-renewals.
That would be about 3% of the season ticket holders who chose not to renew at a minimum.