Winnipeg Jets fans prepare to pay more

WINNIPEG – It’s tough to tell with the balmy weather outside but hockey season is right around the corner.

The pilgrimage of 15,000 fans to MTS Centre will begin on Sunday.

First up at home for the Winnipeg Jets is a preseason tilt against the Ottawa Senators.

Downtown businesses are ready to go.

“All summer long we look forward to the Jets coming back,” said Michael Aston, the general manager of the Pony Corral. “Last year was a bit of the disappointment with just half the year, but we were happy to get it.”

While True North Sports and Entertainment officials say the Jets are one of the more affordable Canadian teams to see live, fans will pay more to go to a game this year.

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Season-ticket prices are up two per cent and some concessions will also cost more.

“Prices have increased in some areas,” said Jim Ludlow, the president of True North, which owns the Jets. “Popcorn we haven’t and some of the candy we kept our prices the same.”

Season-ticket holder Matt Robertson said he doesn’t have kids so can afford to treat himself at games.

“On an average night I will usually bring $100 with me and spend $120 including the ticket price,” he said.

Ludlow said there are plans for a loyalty card with perks for fans. The details of how that will work are still being sorted out.

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