"Why should a "fan" who steps away from the team for a year be given higher priority than a new fan who comes on board and is willing to put money down. Priority always goes to existing season ticket holders - why should that change now?
Because of their loyalty Mr. Bigglesworth. That has to be worth something, especially if you have been a long time ticket holder. AND because of a number of other factors. Seat prices are set on the basis of demand, location, rent and increased player costs etc. as well as the venue the game is being played in. As a fan, part of my 'value' is not just good entertainment from the teams but good entertainment in a climate controlled environment with good amenities like concessions and washroom facilities. Except for the fact that the games will be outdoors the rest are unknowns. There also is the question of the actual seating itself. Some fans are handicapped or have other physical/medical challenges. B.C. Place has elevators and access without the need for any stairs. How will these people be accommodated or should they even be accommodated? How high up will my seat be on these "temporary" structures? How structurally sound will "temporary" seating be over a 5 month period, sometimes in miserable weather? I'm not a structural engineer. I've no idea. But 2 banks of seating with 10,000 seats is an aweful lot of "temporary" seats. There is also the issue of accessibility. How much of today's fan base renew their seasons tickets because of the proximity of B.C. Place to where they live? I don't know. Maybe lots, maybe not so many. How do they deal with providing sufficient washroom facilities for 30 000 fans. Even at B.C. Place between the 20 yard lines it is a nightmare with huge line-ups. I can just see 1000 crazed beer happy guys lining up outside of the only 5 Johnny-on-the-spot facilities at the end of the 1st quarter.lol
Given that Old Empire will only be ~30K, this only affects 1 in 2 seats at BC Place. By not renewing, you're taking the risk that someone else might snatch up your seats. If you don't want to take that risk, renew. You can always auction off (ticket-exchange) tickets for games, give them away as gifts, or suck it up for one year and attend the games."
Yes, those are reasonable options. But unless a brand new stadium is going to go up I think a lot of people on the inside know that the current fan base is going to be "inconvenienced" and is going to have to "suck it up" as you say...but it may be for 2 seasons, not just one.
Part of me is looking forward to going to the games next season. Part of me is very apprehensive. Hopefully my concerns will be put at ease in the next few months.