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DC Rage season tickets go on sale

Many inquiries. Tickets slightly more expensive than two other local Jr. A teams in the North

Hockey fans wanting to purchase season tickets for the Dawson Creek Rage Jr. A hockey team won't have to wait any longer as the tickets went on sale yesterday, but they will be paying slightly more than Jr. A seats elsewhere in the north.

The first batch of season tickets went on sale Wednesday and are also on sale today from 4-8:30 p.m. in the main foyer of the EnCana Events Centre.

Anyone who wants to buy season tickets for Dawson Creek's newly-minted North American Hockey League team that will begin playing this September can come down to the Centre, view the available seats and make a first and second choice for seats.

Many fans have been eagerly waiting to purchase season tickets, said Rage press relations and marketing manager Gordon Currie.

"It has been unbelievable. When we put the website up live back in December we began getting responses from people asking when they could buy season tickets. and when I relaunched the new site two months ago, every day I would get two or three people sending me an e-mail saying 'we want season tickets'," said Currie.

There will be a second ticket purchase event on May 4 from 4-8:30 p.m. and a third ticket event takes place May 21 and 22 (4-8:30 p.m.) at the same time as the team's third spring camp.

Season ticket holders can buy one-, two- or three-year packages.

A one-year Rage season ticket package for regular seating is $450.

The price of a premium package is not available, according to the Rage's website, but a youth's (under 18) or senior's (60 and older) season ticket package retails for $425.

Single game premium seating (suites and club seats) for the general public is $17 while regular seating is $15 and youth and seniors are $14.Groups of 10-24 people can purchase tickets for $11 per person and groups of 25 and more are $9 per person.

However, the Rage tickets are more expensive than a couple of other northern Jr. A teams and almost the same price as the Western Hockey League Prince George Cougars.

Adult season tickets for nearby Grande Prairie Storm games cost $299. Students and seniors (over 60) pay $219. A season ticket package for a child 12 and under is $149.

Meanwhile, the Prince George Spruce Kings offer a 30-game season ticket package for $225. Students and seniors (55 and older) pay $150 for a season pass.

And the Prince George Cougars, who play in the WHL and are considered one level up from Jr. A hockey, offer an adult season ticket package for $475; a students' and seniors' package for $315; and a children's (12 and under) package for $135.

The Cougars' individual tickets range from $18 for an adult to $11 for seniors and students to $10 for those 12 and under.

The Storms' single tickets run from $14 for an adult to $11 for a student or senior and $7 for a child (three to 12).

The Spruce Kings have the least expensive tickets and range from $12 for an adult to $10 for students and seniors.

While the Rage ticket prices rank just below the Cougars and more than the Storm or Spruce Kings, it's tough to make a comparison, pointed out Currie.

"It is like comparing apples and oranges, and they have different profit margins and that type of things. We tried to make it affordable," explained Currie.

"The biggest part of that is that we have a brand new facility so some of our costs are that we are in the EnCana Centre, and there are costs associated with parking and the printing of tickets is done through a different company than the company that they use."