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We asked: Are ticket prices keeping you away from the regionals?

The issue of the so-called tournament atmosphere surfaces in college hockey around this time every season as we head into NCAA regional weekend. The selection committee switches some matchups, in part, to generate more attendance and, therefore, more buzz in the buildings.

But are ticket prices holding some would-be attendees back? If you’re buying through Ticketmaster, where fees are added to the base price, a two-day adult regional ticket package costs $72.70 in Grand Rapids, $86.30 in Toledo and $87.30 in Providence and Manchester. A single-day ticket costs $42.05 in Grand Rapids, $53.85 in Toledo and $54.50 in Providence.

So we asked our Twitter followers a question:

Are ticket prices keeping you from attending regional games this weekend? Let us know, and let us know what price would get you in the door.
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Here are some of the responses we got with price suggestions:

@ $25 per game seems reasonable. It's about what it costs per game for season tickets at UNH #cawlidgehawkey
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@JuGGerbad
Colin Thorner
@ I think $25-30 would be fair. I would defiantly consider going then
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@RyanHaley24
Ryan Haley
@ $45 for the weekend. You're going to have to open the wallet to attend the Frozen Four. Don't do it twice.
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@joecct77
Joe LaCour
“@: Are ticket prices keeping you" $35-$45 should be reasonable for regionals. Reg season is $12-$18. $77 is ridiculous!!
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@OldTimeHockey23
Jim Pickens
@ $30 is the max for a game that is 50% full, especially with teams I don't care about. $50 is ridiculous even for Gophers-UND.
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@WCCOKyle
Kyle Shiely
@ $25 would have been nice. Paying $45 each for 2 games Saturday and $75 each for Hawks/Wings Sunday. #hockey #GoHawks #twice
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@miamibeef04
Douglas Cutler
@ Over $50 with charges just to attend Sat in Prov. For $25-30, sure. But going to watch on ESPNU.
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And we couldn’t help but notice these responses, too:

@ its a joke! 45$ for single game tickets. This isn't the NHL. Not to mention a "casual" fan won't pay that let alone some real fans
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@mymetrodome83
Stephen Minnesota
@ bad regional choices too. All are in the EASTERN time zone. You wonder why attendance is down. Seriously, take a look around.
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@mymetrodome83
Stephen Minnesota
@ how about a site in a time zone that's not eastern.
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@icyrollingrock3
Justin Lewis
@ Wow. I haven't had to buy tickets in a while. $87 is a LOT. And it's a pain to get to the point where the site tells you the prices.
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@mhaithaca
Mark H. Anbinder
@ Put them in cities that are easy to get to by air. G-Rap, Toledo, Worcester, Manchester? Come ON. Dont make me rent a car AND fly in.
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@adamchappelle
Adam Chappelle
@ Ohio State and their insistence on producing losing teams is keeping me away
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@ctodt
Casey Todt
@ only want 1 game. Don't want to pay for a game I'm not into. I'll get em out front on gameday for less
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@ Absolutely! $75 for Toledo/3 games. Thats equal to 5 Walleye games and at least 7 #BGSU_Hockey games. Add concessions on top of that?
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@Ian_F_H
Ian Hoadley
@ Nope.. Terrible locations are keeping me away!
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@NoraTeele
N. Teele Schneider
@ No, the 12 hour trip is keeping me from going. But next year at the X I will be buying upper deck and sitting in all the empty lowers
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@WCCOKyle
Kyle Shiely
@ @ & single games in Toledo @ $45 will scare off everyone but the most ardent supporters. hope Cincinnati prices better nxt yr.
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@UTPbrandon
Brandon Gee
@ Midwest 2-day tickets on StubHub ON THE GLASS are below face value.
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@HewDrew
Drew Hewett

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