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Commitment: Fans renewing for next season

New York Islanders fans looking forward to bright future.

Thursday, 05.12.2011 / 11:18 AM / News
By David Hochman
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Commitment: Fans renewing for next season
Islanders players, coaches, and management have been talking a lot about next season. With a strong performance from the Islanders solid core of young players in the final three-quarters of the 2010-11 season, expectations are running high. Now, fans are buying in and re-committing to their favorite team.

“If we stay healthy, I see no reason why we shouldn’t be a playoff team,” 20-goal scorer Blake Comeau told Newsday after the season ended. “And not just a playoff team, but one that can go deep.”

The new plan makes it very affordable to have season tickets and offers unique VIP incentives to give back to the fans. I love that the organization is acknowledging its fans in such a way that we feel appreciated for being there through thick and thin - Nicole Cardiello, season ticket holder
The Isles second-half tear led to increased attendance at the Coliseum, highlighted by three consecutive sellouts to finish the season.

In putting together the pricing structure for the 2011-12 season, team management re-priced the entire arena, freezing the pricing on some sections and lowering prices in others. All season ticket packages saw an increase in benefits for subscribers, with select seating sections being reduced over 15%. Season ticket pricing for new subscribers starts at only $630 per seat.

Even the biggest fans weren’t expecting big changes to the ticket prices, but they were excited once the plans were announced.

“I was pleasantly surprised with the new ticket structuring,” said Nicole Cardiello, a third-year season ticket holder from Patchogue. “The new plan makes it very affordable to have season tickets and offers unique VIP incentives to give back to the fans. I love that the organization is acknowledging its fans in such a way that we feel appreciated for being there through thick and thin.”

Most season ticket holders seem to recognize what great new benefits there are and that the team really does care about its fans. The majority of the season subscriber base has re-upped their plans with just under a week remaining until the renewal deadline of May 16.

With the deadline date to sign back up less than a week away, renewals have been strong, thanks in large part to new benefits for season ticket subscribers. For fans in the Elite Club, their $90 per game tickets now include free VIP parking, which costs $25 per game. The most affordable seat in the house now starts at just $15 per game.

The new price structure isn’t the only reason for the recent increase in sales, though.

“I like the proactive representation,” said John Martone, another third-year subscriber. “I have a great relationship with my ticket representative and the team has been very inviting with all the new enhancements. And they’re really exposing their players, making them very accessible to the fans.”

Martone, a Glen Cove resident, actually bought season tickets for the Islanders inaugural season and kept them for close to 15 years before drifting away. After attending games infrequently over the last two decades, he picked them back up thanks to the young talent on the ice and the great prices off the ice.

“This team reminds me a lot of how they built the Stanley Cup teams in the early 80’s,” Martone said. “I love the young guys, they’re really something.”

The Islanders ticketing department noticed the developing excitement from the fans as the season drew to a close.

“The way our team has performed over the last four months of the season says a lot to our fans,” said Islanders Senior Vice President Michael Picker. “We have taken input from our fans and have customized the pricing and benefits for next season’s subscribers. Our organization looks forward to welcoming back those that have stayed loyal to us as well as those who are new to the Islanders family.”

Ralph Sellitti, Islanders Vice President of Ticket Sales and veteran executive of over 35 seasons at the Coliseum, is impressed with the fans’ excitement this early in the offseason.

“We have been logging a lot of calls from fans asking when next year’s packages will become available,” Sellitti said. “There is a lot of excitement around our team and we’re excited to present our pricing options.”

This season was a giant step for the Islanders. As long as those strides keep coming on and off the ice, the fans appear to be right there with them.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 63 29 35 4 64
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 63 14 26 21 40
B. Nelson 63 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 63 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 57 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 51 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 53 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 63 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 53 4 20 16 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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