FORT WAYNE – Now that the Komets’ schedule is out, plans have been finalized for Guy Dupuis’ jersey retirement ceremony. It will be Oct. 29, before the Komets take on the Evansville IceMen at Memorial Coliseum.
However, those wishing to attend the festivities may have to pay a little bit more than usual.
There will be a major ceremony prior to the game to reflect on and commemorate his career with the Komets, team president Michael Franke said, and we hope many, if not all, of the players and personnel that have retired numbers, at least the ones still living, will be at the game.
Dupuis set several franchise records in 14 seasons in Fort Wayne, including most games played (945), most playoff games played (95), and most goals (140), assists (454) and points (594) by a defenseman in the regular season and playoffs combined.
He will be the 13th person to have a number retired, joining players Terry Pembroke (5), Lionel Repka (6), Len Thornson (11), Reggie Primeau (12), Eddie Long (16), Robbie Laird (18), Colin Chin (26), Robbie Irons (30) and Steve Fletcher (77), radio broadcaster Bob Chase (40), coach/general manager Ken Ullyot (58) and former owner Colin Lister (59).
Meanwhile, the Komets have opted to raise single-game ticket prices – they go on sale in late September – by $2 to $3 in certain sections.
The prices for lower arena will be $23 for adults, $18 for seniors (60 and older) and students (12-18 years old), and $13 for children (12 and younger). Those prices were $21, $16 and $10 last season.
Tickets in the upper arena will cost $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students and $10 for children, up from $18, $13 and $9.
Upper-deck prices remain the same – $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $6 for children – and season-ticket prices remain the same.
Franke said it had been about six years since the Komets increased prices. He said the increase is a result of several factors, including the economy and increased travel costs in the CHL.
It’s a combination of a lot of things, Franke said. In a capsule form, you look at it, the expenses of operating in what was an 18-team league last season and will be a 14-team league this year, (costs) have gone up greatly for us. To be honest with you, it was a lot more economical playing in the (seven-team) IHL, but that’s no longer available to us. We expected increases (in ticket prices), but we didn’t want to do it last year. We wanted to go through a year and see where things stood.
Franke said travel costs tripled last season from the IHL.
There are (now) five less home games than we had in the IHL, from 38 to 33, Franke said. It’s all across the board, travel, insurance and medical – just like every other business right now, it’s all going up drastically.
There are many CHL cities with much more expensive tickets. For adults, tickets in Tulsa, Okla., range from $15 to $45; in Allen, Texas, from $13 to $43; in Independence, Mo., from $14 to $35; and in Rapid City, S.D., from $16 to $33.