Commitment: Fans renewing for next season

New York Islanders fans looking forward to bright future.

Thursday, 05.12.2011 / 11:18 AM ET / 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.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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