Remember in March when the Capitals announced that they were selling Standing Room Only (SRO) season tickets for next season? Well, I know someone who actually bought some.
Kathryn is a married mother of two who has grown to love hockey over the past several years. Our husbands have season tickets together on the 400 level, and periodically Kathryn is able to use the tickets, but not as often as she’d like. I asked her why she decided to buy two (!) SRO season tickets. “I feel like I don’t have the opportunity to go to as many games as I would like to during the season and even more so during the playoffs,” she explained. “If I am able to go, I would also like the opportunity once in a while to ‘sit’ in a lower section than the 400s where I would typically be sitting. This also gives me the opportunity to get my foot in the door as a season ticket holder and possibly change my seats next year if I choose to do so.”
Fair enough. Having season ticket holder status is a good thing, as evidenced by all the perks that come with it. But will she use her SRO tickets that much during the season? “I would like to use them as much as I can, but I would estimate that I will probably go to about 25% of the regular season home games.” Kathryn plans to sell her tickets if she can’t go; she was able to sell her Round 2 playoff tickets since she couldn’t attend.
I asked if Kathryn thought she could physically handle standing for the whole game; I know I’d get tired after three periods and potential overtime. “Yes, I think I can handle it,” she responded. ” The people who used the ‘seats’ during Round 2 said that it does get somewhat tiring, but overall it wasn’t too bad. One of them told me that they actually sat down in between periods and that was good enough for them!” She promised to take me to a game next season so I could check it out.
Initially I thought she was crazy, but now I understand. This is someone who enjoys hockey so much that she’s willing to pay good money to sacrifice her own personal comfort just to be in the arena. Is that a sign of a hockey town or what?