Merry Christmas from @RosedaleRobson! Canucks ticket giveaway! #12PairsOfTix

Tis the season to be jolly and our friends at the Rosedale on Robson Suite hotel are feeling like Santa Claus! They’ve asked us to help them give away one pair of Canucks tickets for each of the 12 days of Christmas. That’s 12 pairs of tickets to see the Vancouver Canucks take on the Calgary Flames on Friday, December 23rd. Up for grabs are 10 pairs of upper bowl tickets, 1 pair of lower bowl tickets, and wait for it…1 pair of club seats! (Santa says you have to have been really good to win those.)

So what do you need to do to have a chance to win one of these pairs of Canucks Christmas goodness?

Simple:

For 1 entry, RT this message on Twitter:

I’m feeling festive with @RosedaleRobson and @CanucksCorner: http://tinyurl.com/d85dk8d #12pairsOfTix to be won! #Canucks

For a 2nd entry answer this question on the The Rosedale on Robson Facebook page:

“What gift would you give the Vancouver Canucks for Christmas?”

Rules:

  • Keep it clean. All rude or offensive comments will be deleted.
  • Winners must be able to pick up their tickets from the front desk at the Rosedale on Robson.
  • Prize includes game tickets only.

All winners will be announced from now until the 19th of December and determined via a random number generated draw and contacted via Facebook or Twitter.

Follow the Rosedale on Robson on Twitter: @RosedaleRobson (Not a requirement to enter, but they’re cool so why not?)

Like the Rosedale’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RosedaleOnRobson (Not a requirement to enter but see above!)

Official Winners List:

December 12th: @transcendsweb on Twitter and Sabrina Alcock on Facebook.

December 13th: @teebs33 on Twitter.

December 14th:  Sam Anderson on Facebook. LOWER BOWL TICKETS.

December 15th: @MonsoonFeast on Twitter.

December 16th: Megan Hodgson on Facebook, @Geoff_Heith via Twitter.

December 19th: @Hallwood on Twitter, Tahnee Fales on Facebook.

December 20th: @Carlz8 on Twitter, Robert Williams on Facebook and @ScottInVan on Twitter (Club Seats)

The contest is now closed! Thanks for all your tweets and entries and congratulations to all the winners.

Huge thanks to Kristina Sinclair at the Rosedale for including us in this great holiday give away! Go Canucks Go!

Profiting off Passion: How Much is ‘Too Much’?

It’s the Stanley Cup Finals, and everyone who has an avenue to make some ‘extra’ money off this series is unashamedly doing what they can to profit off people’s enthusiasm. From ticket scalpers to season ticket holders. Hell even airlines are boosting prices from Vancouver to Boston and vice versa to get in on the short term profit margin markups. Everywhere you look in the Lower Mainland (and probably Boston too) everyone is looking to make a buck or two off this playoff run. So I ask, how much is ‘too much’?

Some say it’s ‘smart business’ ,  others say it’s sheer unadulterated greed and some don’t know what to think about all this. They want, but can’t have, so they look to see who can be around to take the blame… errr I mean responsibility.

Stanley Cup Finals. Be there or bust...your wallet. Photo credit: Prediction Challenges



So tickets went on sale to the general public for the Stanley Cup Finals in Vancouver and Boston today via Ticketmaster.  Between two cities that are passionate about hockey and both have a very big season ticket holder base, these tickets that were released were harder to come by than the next sighting of Haley’s Comet. So fans are testing different avenues to obtain their Stanley Cup Finals tickets. Online ticket brokers, Craigslist ads, and local secondary brokerages are where fans are turning to get their tickets. But at what price? Many on twitter say too much. Others are pointing at the teams’ owners to take the blame for selling too many season tickets so single game tickets are harder to get for the general public. The real question is, what is a Stanley Cup Final game worth to you?

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Rabid fans will be asked to pay big bucks for SCF tickets Photo Credit: Justine Galo



When looking for tickets for a member of my spouse’s extended family, who wanted to watch a SCF game with his son from Winnipeg, I was shocked and appalled by some of the prices people were asking for their tickets to Games 1 and 2. The thing was, I was not surprised.  I am not surprised that greed has taken over so many out there and unfortunately have to ability and avenue to gauge fans who want to watch one game and share in the experience with all the others at the arena.  The River Rock Club Section at Rogers Arena have the SCF seats sold to the season ticket holder for roughly $500 a piece.  I know this because one of our  sections of season tickets is right in those seats, which we sold to friends at face value. These seats are being advertised on Craigslist, StubHub.com and other ticket brokerages between $1700-3000 per seat.  I don’t care how some people spin it, but that’s more than at least a 200% mark-up of the value of the ticket. To me, that’s gauging and that’s fueled by the greed the world is built on these days.

It’s bad enough that the ticket vultures are going to be getting fat off the cup finals, but now even airlines are getting in on the game. An insider who works for the ticketing department of Air Canada said that during these two weeks or so, flights between Vancouver and Boston will be hiked up in price to boost their profit margin from the SCF.  I know it’s ‘smart business’ and it’s common that tourism industry hike up their prices for special events, but this is a first I have heard that an airline would do such a thing to accommodate die-hard hockey fans who travel with the team just to make a buck.

"In Greed We Trust" Photo credit: Red Tree Times



So Vancouver and Boston, be prepared to see an increase in  prices in your bars and pubs,  the hotel rates, the airline tickets, the cost of a ticket to a game so others out there can profit from your passions.  Do I think it’s right? The business side of me says, “It is what it is.” The conscience in me says  it’s abhorrent. But I know one thing, I will choose carefully (maybe not wisely) where my put my Stanley Cup Final dollars but I have my limits, as do many of the Bruins and Canucks fans watching this series intently.

As someone I know always says, “Vote with your dollar”. If you don’t buy those over priced tickets, merchandise or airfares, maybe the greedy bastards will think twice before they profit off our passions. The power is yours.

Justine Galo

@Aviewfromabroad

Writer’s note: I own season tickets and I do believe I have the right to ask for a good return on the re-sale of my tickets for the regular season and the playoffs. However, I don’t condone mark-ups that are more than 150% of the ticket value.