The Vancouver Ravens will look to continue to build on their successful inaugural season with a highly competitive season ticket plan.
General Motors Place will once again be the home of the Ravens, hosting all eight home games. The seating within the arena has been reconfigured with the upper bowl section remaining closed off. The lower bowl and level 200 suites will offer a seating capacity for 10,800 spectators. With an average attendance in the first season of over 10,000, the Ravens anticipate several sellouts, including the home opener on January 3rd against the 2001 NLL champions Philadelphia Wings, the January 12th rematch against playoff opponent Rochester Knights, and the defending 2002 NLL champion Toronto Rock on February 14th.
Renewals from inaugural season ticket holders have proved to be extremely popular, with a 95% rate of renewal. Overall season ticket sales for the upcoming season have already surpassed last years totals.
The Vancouver Ravens are also positioned to benefit from its new strategic marketing relationship with Orca Bay and the Vancouver Canucks. Ravens President/CEO and former Canuck, Paul Reinhart comments: 'With lacrosse enjoying a renaissance in British Columbia, good fan support in our first year and a competitive team on the floor, we are well positioned to surpass last seasons paid attendance. Having the Canucks compliment our own sales efforts is extremely positive for the Ravens.'
Ticket prices for the Ravens five Friday night and three Sunday afternoon games represent outstanding entertainment value. Season tickets start as low as $108 ($13.50 per game), four-game packages available from $60, and limited single game tickets for as low as $9.00 enables sports fans to watch the worlds best lacrosse players in a first class facility. 'The rate of renewal from last season's tickets shows that Ravens games provide great satisfaction. Adding in the price adjustment for this years tickets, and the fact that all seats are in the lower bowl, further reiterates the tremendous value we have to offer,' said Bruce Foreman, Director of Sales for the Ravens.
The Ravens, coming off a 10-6 record and a heartbreaking overtime playoff loss to the Rochester Knighthawks, aim on fielding an even stronger team this season. The 2003 schedule is even more exciting this year as the Ravens will play host to all four teams from last seasons semi-finals, including the former Washington Power, who have relocated to Colorado to play as The Colorado Mammoth. The Mammoth are owned by the owners of the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets, and feature Gary Gait on their roster.
Training camp began on October 26th, with all of the original squad returning, including 53-goal scorer Chris Gill, and ageless goalie Dwight Maetche, who at 41 is one of the best in the game.
Season tickets, four-game packages and group packages for the Ravens can be purchased from the Ravens office at (604) 899-5300. Single game tickets go on sale December 2nd and are available from at all ticketmaster locations, charge-by-phone on (604) 280 - 4444, or online at www.ticketmaster.ca