The Rangers are the second most valuable NHL team according to the annual Forbes Magazine report released today.
With an 11% increase in value over a year, the Rangers are worth $461 million. Even though the team didn’t make the playoffs last year and have been eliminated in early rounds seasons prior, the average ticket price stands at $59 (it’s $60 a ticket to sit in the upper 300 level seating, the second tier of nosebleed-ness to the 400s). Hefty numbers coupled with mediocre results for the big city franchise.
Madison Square Garden is undergoing an $800 million face lift that will be completed by 2013. MSG released more images of the before and after transformation shots.
While it’s exciting to see some modern and stylish renovations, the World’s Most Famous Arena will lose some of its vintage, homeyness that Ranger fans grew up on; the low level maroon seats for the quieter suit crowd, the green season ticket holder sections, the outer entry hallway, the Double Teamed store, the vibe. It looks great in pictures but it won’t feel or sound the same. It likely will lead to even higher prices for “worse” seats and standing room options with the proposed bridge and fan deck. But it’s far too early to judge how new and clean will feel.
The Blueshirts also came in second of the NHL.com Cyber Monday sales’ rankings with the Heritage third jerseys trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Winter Classic jerseys in weekend sales.
Avery Movin’ on Up:Sean Avery jumped to 23rd in All Star Game voting with 38, 551 votes as of 11/29/10. Looks like the Avery write-in campaign is still going strong. The feisty forward told Jesse Spector of the Daily News: ”That’s great. I will hopefully make the team, and I’ll be the first player ever to get an instigator penalty at an NHL All-Star Game. That’ll be amazing, right?”
One can dream and have a laugh, but only three forwards get voted in this year and Sid, Ovie, Stamkos or Toews have it locked down.
About the Author
Written by Margaret DeJesus
I'm a recent college graduate looking for a dream job covering hockey. I've been watching the New York Rangers since my grade school days of VHS and Gordon Bombay's "ducks fly together" speech. While studying journalism at Boston University (COM '10), I wrote for the Daily Free Press, the student newspaper. I worked two summers at the Staten Island Advance, my hometown newspaper, writing city news and features. I've also written CD reviews for Music-Reviewer.com. One of my favorite gigs was interning for hockey analyst extraordinaire Stan Fischler covering the Boston Bruins and attending all their home games in the 2009-2010 season. (Yes, including the crushing defeat against the Flyers in the Eastern Conference playoffs.)