Getting fans back in the building!

That’s the goal for the Prince George Cougars and all junior-hockey teams.

With the anticipation that the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us, the Cougars are planning for a normal 34-game home schedule in the 2021-22 season.

When October arrives, the Cats will be playing their first games at CN Centre in a year-and-a-half.

While hard-core fans of the team should be returning in bunches, the casual Prince George hockey fan may take a bit more of a wait-and-see approach.

The Cougars have decided to be aggressive in their ticket campaign, offering different options.

One of those choices is quite unique, the Pick Your Schedule Season Membership.

This package allows fans to pick the games they want to go to, the number of people they want to bring, and where they want to sit.

If this sounds new, it is.

“To sell a season membership for the same price that we sell for regular season memberships but to have every single ticket flexible and allowing people to really pick their schedule as they go throughout the season; we are not aware of any other teams in the Canadian Hockey League doing this,” said Vice-President of Business Andy Beesley in an interview with Brendan Pawliw of MyPGNow.com.

“We’ve made it so that these pick your schedule tickets are 100% flexible. You can use one ticket for every single game of the year or you can use all your tickets on one night. The idea is you pick the games, you pick the nights,” added Beesley.

Keeping the cost down is another goal of the team.

Senior (65+) and youth (7-18) pricing remain in place. The team is also offering child (2-6) pricing.

In fact, the Cougars have told their fans they will offer the best prices in the B.C. Division.

Season Memberships start at just $300 and go as high as $650 depending on where you want to sit. Child Season Memberships are $250 in any zone.

A season ticket in the red zone works out to about $19 a game, compared to $28 for a walk-up price on the same seat.

The WHL schedule comes out this month. The Cougars will have 75 % of their home games on weekends.

Tentatively, they will also play at CN Centre between Christmas and New Year’s, including a home date on New Year’s Eve.

“I’m really happy with how our home games are spread out. I think we have six home games each month, which is great,” stated Beesley.

All of the games will be against the Western Conference, the majority of them against the BC Division.

It is hard to gauge what the attendance will look like in Prince George and around the league.

Whether the health regulations allow for 100 % capacity, 50 %, or somewhere in between, the Cougars are just grateful to being back in business again.

Taking Note:


FROM THE QUOTE RACK:

CONCACAF Nations League final between the United States & Mexico was marred Sunday by unruly fan behavior that included objects thrown on the field. Where did fans think they were, at an NBA playoff game?

*Comedy writer Janice Hough of Palo Alto, California www.leftcoastsportsbabe.com

Jon Rahm, leading the Memorial Tournament in Dublin by six strokes, had to withdraw at the conclusion of the third round after testing positive for COVID-19. Isn’t that like Secretariat being flagged down by a Jeep 200 yards before crossing the finish line at the’73 Belmont?

*Contributor Bill Littlejohn of South Lake Tahoe, California

Former Ottawa Senator Guilliame Latendresse once told TSN “hockey is a game of mistakes.” If so, the Toronto Maple Leafs are a dynasty.

*Western Canadian comedy writer RJ Currie www.Sportsdeke.com

Hartley Miller is the news and sports director/supervisor plus morning news anchor for 94.3 the GOAT and Country 97fm. He also is the radio color commentator for P.G. Cougars’ home games.
Hartley has been on the Prince George airwaves since 1979 and is the author of You Don’t Say (sports quotes).
His column appears Fridays on myprincegeorgenow.com.
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