I know this topic has been buried in another post about 2013 Season Ticket prices but I feel that it deserves it's own thread because it may get lost on a lot of long-time season ticket holders.
On the website there is a notice for current season ticket holders that describes how seniority and years of consecutive ownership fits into seat assignment for the 2014 season. It is extremely relevand if you do not have plans to renew for 2013 because you don't want to make the trek to Guelph.
Season seat holders will be invoiced by Friday, November 23, 2012.
• Early Bird: Friday December 14th, 2012 (only a 20% required)
• Final Renewal : Friday, February 8th, 2013 (only a 20% required)
Early bird deadline
• Renew your 2013 Season Seats by Friday Dec 14th and receive...
- 2013 Season Seats at the same 2012 Season Seat prices.
- The best seats available, first, within your section
- Reserve Tier 1 priority access to the New Stadium in 2014
• Credit card payment plan ( 5 easy 20% installments)
• Early bird dates: Dec 14, Feb 8, Mar 8, Apr 12 ,May 10
• Final renewal dates: Feb 8, Mar 8, Apr 12, May 10, June 7
• Cheque payment plan: 20% before Dec 14th or Feb 8th, remaining 80% due March 22th.
• Pay in full: Before Dec 14th (& receive 2012 price) or before Feb 8th (& receive 2013 price)
*Please Note – In order to receive the 2012 price for the 2013 season a small deposit of only 20% is required before December 14, 2012. Also, 2013 Season seats and single game tickets will be subject to a $5 facility fee per game plus applicable taxes.
Interested in Purchasing ADDITIONAL Season Seats for the 2013 Tiger-Cats Season?
• Current Season Seat Holders can purchase additional season seats before the renewal deadline. Purchase your additional seats by Dec 14, 2012 and receive them at the 2012 price. Additional seats purchased after Dec 14 will be at the 2013 price. All seats are subject to a facility fee.
Tier 1 Priority (Continuous Ownership)
• New Stadium Priority - those who renew their seats for the 2013 season will be rewarded with Tier 1 priority access ahead of those who do not continue their season seat ownership in 2013.
• Season Seat Holders must renew the same number of seats for 2013 to receive the Tier one priority for the 2014 New Stadium.
• Season Seat Holders that decide not to renew in 2013 will maintain their priority and still receive their price guarantee of the 2012 price for 2014, but will be on the Tier 2 priority list.
2013 Season Seat Holder Benefits
• Great savings of 17% - 69% off individual game day prices
• First choice to purchase your seats and the opportunity to purchase additional seats for the 2013 playoffs before the public on-sale.
• Merchandise discount for Season Seat Holders (10% off for all Season Seat Holders, 15% off for Platinum Season Seat Holders)
• Account Manager-Email tickets, print from home and manage your account information.
• Guaranteed reserved seating for all regular season home games in Guelph
Important to note is that if you don't renew for 2013 and you have long-time years (10-50) of continuous ownership, you will end up behind anybody else who renews for the 2013 season. If 7500 renew for 2013, your down below 7500 in seniority. Say goodbye to the center field seats or seats being behind the team bench that you have worked your way up to over the years.
Also important to note is that to get 2012 season ticket prices in 2013 (like you were promised for the 2014 season), you must put a deposit down before Dec 14th, basically 3 weeks after learning that the games will be in Guelph with no indication of what to expect in Guelph or when the games are scheduled. Real longtimers could already be in Florida
My take is that the Ticats managed to get the games close enough to home so now they can put the squeeze on existing season ticket holders to renew. If the games had been played anywhere else (London,Toronto,Monction), they probably wouldn't had the Tier 1/2 thing. Even if they did, it would have been more acceptable because fewer fans would have renewed. It peeves me that someone with 2 years seniority could be ahead of me (41 years) for seat choice in 2014. Many of those could be corporate tickets that were purchased in 2012 so you could have all of those "perk" seats sitting beside you, which totally destroys the kinship you have from being around the same people every game, the main reason for purchasing season tickets.
Being a longtime season ticket holder, I hadn't planned to drive to Guelph because, like most longtimers, I'm older and don't like driving at night, especially on dark highways and unfamiliar cities, and Guelph Alumni stadium is not "17 minutes" from Hamilton, it is 56 minutes (Google Maps from Ancaster). We usually take the Express Bus to the game but that won't be an option in Guelph.
Anyways, my reasoning for not renewing aside, I think it is a terrible thing that the Ticats are doing, putting the squeeze on us like this. They played a huge part in rebuilding at the Ivor Wyne site with the result of inconveniencing their fans. By making us renew season tickets, knowing that we might not attend most or any of the games, they run the risk of alienating long time season ticket holders. I know that I find out if this pans out and I could end up being 7500 on the seniority list, I would not renew in 2013 or 2014 for the principle of the thing. I can't just throw money way on games that I won't be attending because they are not in Hamilton and easily accessible.
I know that the younger season ticket holders (or non-season ticket holders) will just say to renew and show your a true fan. I've heard that BS ever since this forum was started and it wears a little thin when you think that every year it is up to you to keep the team viable until the younger fans bite into supporting the team and then when you might just be getting something back for your loyalty, the team puts the squeeze on you once again.
I'm tired of it.