SEATTLE — Before playing a game the Seattle Kraken are already the hottest ticket in town as the team appears to have sold out its season ticket plans.
The team says that they will still work with the remaining depositors on their list to get them into Climate Pledge Arena during the team’s first season in 2021-2022.
In a statement to Sound Of Hockey, a Kraken spokesperson says “We are approaching the final stages of our general seat selection process. We are calling each and every deposit holder to discuss membership and seating options. Each depositor will have the opportunity to access tickets.”
Every depositor will receive a call from ticket representatives to offer membership plans. These plans will allow members to have access to a number of single-game tickets as well as other perks that are still being developed by the team. There will be tiers for these plans, some offering more perks than others. Depositors will be allowed to keep their priority number on the list to use if season packages become available.
On March 1, 2018, the team collected 35,000 deposits for season tickets in a matter of hours. It was a banner day for the hopeful franchise and showed the NHL that there was a passion for NHL hockey in Seattle. The momentum from that day helped Oak View Group receive approval from the City of Seattle to build what is now Climate Pledge Arena and the NHL to approve Seattle for expansion in December of that same year.
In September the Kraken began contacting its depositors to sell season ticket packages. The process was virtual due to caution concerning the COVID pandemic and the team experienced a high retention rate from the start. The building will hold a capacity of 17,100 but not every seat was reserved for season ticket packages. The Seattle Kraken planned on holding out 9,000 seats for partial season ticket plans and individual game availability.
The Kraken experienced higher retention rates from those initial depositors than they had anticipated and are pivoting in order to include all the fans that helped launch the franchise.
This was a message was posted on a Facebook group. It’s from the Kraken to people who had season ticket deposits, but didn’t get to select seats:
“Thank you for chatting with me today.
I wanted to send over some more details about an unbelievable opportunity that puts you in a great position with the franchise without losing your place in line. Our Platinum Membership allows depositors the opportunity to keep their great priority number, and move to an exclusive 10,000 member waiting list. This is a great opportunity for those that want to stay involved and within the Seattle Kraken organization.
The Platinum Membership waitlist has a $250 yearly fee. Some high level benefits include the opportunity to buy up to 12 tickets to inaugural season games, membership to our fan program, and a commemorative gift.
This is a great option if you are interested in season tickets in the future, especially now that our general waitlist has reached over 63,000 people!
As I mentioned, there are two options with your deposit, we could move it over to the Platinum Waitlist and keep the extra money as a credit on your account, or you can get a full refund for your deposit and we can change you $250 to be part of the Waitlist.
Please let me know your thoughts and we can chat more about this on Friday.”