Aberdeen Lynx fans call foul on ticket price hike to watch end-of-season play-off finals

The Lynx celebrate after winning the playoffs in 2016. Picture by Kenneth Malcolm Photography

Aberdeen ice hockey fans have today hit out after it was revealed the price for this year’s play-off weekend has increased by 50% from last year.

Adult supporters will now have to pay £30 to watch the two Scottish National League semi-finals and the final in April.

Last year the cost to watch all the weekend’s games was £20, with a similar percentage increase for young fans.

The increase, coupled with the cost to travel to Kirkcaldy, will likely mean less fans will be able to make the games.

A spokesperson for the Aberdeen Lynx Supporters’ Club said: “The price hike alone without travel expenses can easily put it out of the reach for many families, especially those with older teenagers.

“For a family of four it’s £60 for tickets alone if you take into account one game on Saturday and the final the following day.

“When you add on travel and food it becomes a very expensive weekend.”

They added: “We do our best to put on a bus for supporters for almost every away game.

“However, with the distance involved and the increase in the ticket price it’s going to be unaffordable for some and will make providing transport a challenge.

“It’s been said numerous times before that our team thrive on our support at away games – not only is this going to impact on fans it will also affect the team.

“The only people seemingly benefiting from this will be Fife Ice Arena and the SIHA, not the clubs participating.

“We realise we’re not into the semi-finals yet, but we’re confident we’ll make it.

“The combination of a number of away games including the cup and quarter final, coupled with the price increase at the finals weekend might reduce the number of people able to experience the games.

“But we will do our best to make sure we keep up our reputation as the best – and loudest – travelling fans in the league.”

There was no response to requests for comment from David Hand, chairman of the Scottish Ice Hockey Association, regarding the increase in price.

However, in a post on the SIHA website, he said: “The SNL Play-off Finals Weekend promises to be an excellent event, with the best four play-off sides battling to win the trophy.

“Last year saw three closely fought games and I expect it to be no different in 2018.

“We’re grateful to Fife Ice Arena for hosting the play-off finals once again and I hope ice hockey fans from across Scotland head to Kirkcaldy to support the event.”