Fist off I need to make it clear that I hate that managment (the owners) and the union (players) can't seem to get this settled. Second I am a Miami Dolphins season ticket holder in section 145, row 4, but I live in Dallas, Texas. The wife and I travel down and stay in Hollywood, Florida for at least two games per season. We sell all the rest of our tickets and parking passes. This season we are attending the first two home games, Jets and Pats.
For the sake of explanation of those fans that are not season ticket holders, the Miami Dolphins send out an invoice for the season tickets in March. We have to make three equal payments for our two seats. That total is around 2200 dollars. As soon as the schedule is announce in the middle of April, my wife and I sit down and decide which games we are going to and start making airfare, condo, rental car reservations. We don't wait so we can get the best rates. We generally have enough airline miles to cover at least one ticket and sometimes both. We prefer to catch back to back home games in September and October as the weather is just wonderful outside of any Hurricanes. This is our sixth season to be season ticket holders. Our first two were spent in the visitor side upper deck 25 to 35 yard lines. In our third year we were able to move down to lower bowl visitor side about the 18 yard line 15 rows from the field. I can tell you that Sept/Oct one o'clock games can be brutally hot on that side of the field. This year we got the upgrade we were looking for and moved to the home side about the 14 yard line but just 4 rows from the field.
To further highlight our passion we have a storage locker that contains nice beach loungers, unbrellas, and tailgating items like camping grill, Miami Dolphins' canopy, fold out camping table, and Dolphins' chairs. So you can see our passion for the Dolphins and we have done all this through some of the leanest years for our beloved Phins.
Now to my point. I have friends in Denver that were Colorado Avalanche season ticket holders at about $5000 dollars per season. They were required to pay the full ticket price before the season started even though there was not going to be a season when Hockey went on strike. I don't believe it is fair, to force the fans to pay the owners for a product that they are causing not to happen in 2011. Since it is a lockout and not the players striking, it is the owners who are cancelling the season, should this happen. I do not want to lose my place in the stadium, but I also do not want to pay for no product. If the owners know they can get money for nothing, then it will further strengthen their resolve to have this lockout. If we the season ticket holders could sue them and keep them from collecting all of the ticket revenue, for which they would collect interest, we can possibly stop the lockout. If you read some of the articles on ESPN about the lockout http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/commentary/news/story?page=munson/100617 the owners are not winning in their court battles. We need to further ensure they don't win at out expense, pun intended. I am already sick of the owners holding cities hostage and forcing us to buy them new stadiums. I wish I could get the city to pay for a new buidling to start a new business, and then make them pay again to use the facility. I don't know all the mechanics of starting a class action lawsuit, but I believe we need to do this and force the owner's hands on the issue. If there are any leagle beagles out there that believe we can do this I want to know, and I want to know how.