You’re Not Gonna Believe This
My Season Tickets Arrived… But…
There was no autographed Luc jersey. No signed Jonathan Quick or Dustin Brown photo. No collectors coin, or money clip, or fancy box.
Just a “Aren’t you glad you upgraded to a full season or you wouldn’t have been guaranteed playoff tickets” package.
Well… believe it or not… I’ve sold my entire season save for 4 games (opening night, closing night, penguins, maple leafs)
You read that right.
There’s nothing I have enjoyed more over the years than leaving my house or office before 4:00 to get downtown by 5:00 to meet the boys at the Yard House for a couple of beers and some food. Wait, that’s not true. I enjoy sex more.
But thinking about it over the summer:
- Sitting in traffic for over an hour sucks
- 54.5 miles round trip @ 4.00 per gallon (19 mpg) x 41 games = 470.42
- 2,234 miles over the course of the season * .60 per mile depreciation = 1,340.70
- 50 buck pre game meal/beer plus a snack at Staples * 41 = 2,050.00
- Parking at an average of 8 bucks per game * 41 = 328.00
- Season seat at 102.00 per game * 41 = 4,182.00
Okay, this doesn’t include the nearly 2 grand I spend on game worn jersey’s every year or the 600 bucks I dropped for the Dodger Stadium affair (which I plan on selling since they’re dead center ice)
With 2 kids in private school, housing, food, 2 cars, insurance, spending 8 grand is a pretty huge luxury. Think about this: AFTER taxes, if you’re making 100 grand a year, you’re spending over 10% of your remaining money to go watch men skate.
Okay, so you can say, “Why don’t you go to HALF the season?” Tru dat. That’s still 4100 bucks. Okay, why not go for 10 games! 2 grand seems reasonable, but that also pays for school for a couple of months. That also allows me 28 rounds of golf, including cart.
Okay, so you can say, “Why not sit in a cheaper location?” – When you’re used to one thing since Staples Center opened, it isn’t easy to adapt. It isn’t easy to adjust. Quite frankly, I’m spoiled.
I don’t believe in regrets as we all make choices, so it will be interesting to see how much I will miss venturing down to Staples 3 times a week… or not.
I’m also getting rid of Center Ice – I did the math on that, too. Most of the games come with my sports package and the games that don’t are east coast games I can never usually watch anyway because I’m at the office.
I think I’ll rely on people inviting me at the last minute because they can’t find anyone else. That’s always a fun way to go.
Yes, I’ve officially turned into Mr. Crabs from Spongebob. At least I can take the family to Europe next summer!