I've not been to any Flames preseason games, even though I have to buy the shitty tickets as part of the season ticket holder package. However, I have heard some concerning things. Namely: beer prices are outrageous.
The people I've given my tickets to have mentioned it, but I just assumed they hadn't been to a game for a while, so the normally outrageous prices were just new to them. I can't even remember what the price for a beer last year was, but I think it was $9 or something. Which is crazy in and of itself.
But mucking around, I saw this post on calgary puck, which claims that the price of a beer is now $10.50. Ten. Fifty. As in, a $20 bill won't get you two beers. This is nuts.
The Flames talk a good game about not raising ticket prices, but the rise in price in everything else at the Dome has been considerable. So it's a con game. They aren't raising the ticket prices, sure, but since I've been a season ticket holder (4 or 5 years now) the price of beer has gone from $7 to $10, and everything else (popcorn, nachos, pop, burgers) have gone up as well.
In short, fuck these guys. They don't pay any rent for the building, get TV money and league revenue sharing, and operate under a CBA that ensures cost control (and ask people who work for them, they pay their vendors late). The only reason to raise the prices of these items is to increase profit margin, which is fine. Just don't ask me as a taxpayer to buy you a new stadium, greasy fucks.
I'll be smuggling in alcohol and snacks this year.
Furthermore, I think Derek Wills should be fired.