The good news for season ticket holders is that they will get to park for free ($90 savings). For those who have 1-4 season tickets, they will receive one parking pass. Those who have 5-8 season tickets will receive two parking passes. The bad news for the casual Stars fan who doesn't have season tickets is that they will have to pay $3 per car to park in the former state fairgrounds area. Will this parking fee drive away those casual fans? Personally, I don't believe so. We're passionate about our Stars hockey here in Lincoln, and I believe even the casual fans will not have a problem with this fee. I'm guessing the Stars organization is hoping this newly created parking fee will encourage those casual fans to become season ticket holders, and save some hard earned cash on parking.
Logistically, I have no idea how UNL plans to accomplish the task of checking for passes, and collecting monies. There are quite a number of entrances into the
The second topic discussed in the renewal paperwork I want to touch on are the renovations currently being planned to the north stage area inside of the IceBox. I'm going to copy and paste a couple of paragraphs taken right from the Lincoln Stars website, and from the renewal pamphlet:
The Lincoln Stars are excited to announce this upgrade to the stage area. As outlined in the season ticket renewal mailer, this area will include the removal of the bleachers and transformation into a three-level spectator zone. Pricing and benefits are yet to be determined, however an increase in cost compared to both rinkside and mezzanine seating is likely. Seats will be limited and distributed through a lottery system.
In the renewal paperwork, there is a drawing which illustrates how this "three-level spectator zone" will look like. Basically, it looks like two rows of folding chair seats, with two rows of bar-like seating behind that. Those last two rows appear to allow fans to stand, sit, or move around while they watch the game. I assume this area will have it's own bar and concessions. That's my take on it, but I could be off.The most visible change you'll notice inside the IceBox will be the renovation of the north stage area. We're currently in the planning and design phase of transforming the north bleacher area into a three level spectator zone. This renovation will combine improved seating with excellent sight lines, and elevated "social" area for stand room patrons, and convenient bar service.
I've already heard from a few fans who were bleacher season ticket holders that have been forced to relocate because of this new area. They don't want to pay more to sit in this new area, and they aren't happy that they need to find a new "home." It will be interesting to see the amount of interest this new "spectator zone" gets from the fans. I do not know how many seats will be lost to this renovation. Last season, the capacity of the IceBox was 4,610. I'd guess that number will be reduced by 100 to 300. Just a guess.
So, what say you? Do you think the parking fees will have a substantial negative impact on attendance next season? How long will it take fans to enter into the "UNL Innovation Campus" area with the UNL parking clowns running the show? Are you interested enough in this new "spectator zone" area to switch your present seats?
I'm really hoping we hear something soon from the Stars organization in regards to the 25-player protected roster which must be turned into the USHL on, or before, 7/1/10. Last season, we didn't hear anything until 7/8, and then it was reported by the Lincoln Journal Star's Blueline Blog. That particular blog is a virtual ghost town now, with the last article written way back in April. No articles about the two USHL drafts, no articles about the tryout camp, no articles about roster news, nothing. It seems as if the LJS has given up on the Stars. I assume this time around, the roster information will probably be posted on the Stars website. If anyone associated with the Stars organization would like to post that information here (since we're not a ghost town and we support the Stars), they can email me at: email@example.com
Thanks. Go Stars.