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TORONTO – The Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) wants to know what you think about getting rid of arena admission fees and replacing it with a player fee beginning next season.
The GTHL recently launched a league-wide survey asking for feedback on this new revenue model.
The league currently collects gate fees for $6 but that is expected to rise to $7 for the 2014/15 season. A media release says this works out to $644 for the average player.
To cover the cost of game ice, which the league says amounts to just over $4 million alone this season, the GTHL’s independent auditor advised the Board of Directors “it needed to reconsider the way in which the League funded ice costs.”
The GTHL, which is one of the largest hockey leagues in the world, says it loses about $100,000 a year by people sneaking into arenas.
The new proposal would have the GTHL eliminate admission fees altogether but then charge each player $575 year.
A player with a parent who is a team official will pay $375 a year and each player who has a sibling registered in the league and who has paid a fee will fork out $400.
The money would either be collected with a one-time payment or by five separate installments.
There are over 40,000 players registered in the GTHL annually.
Participants are being asked to complete the online survey by April 30.