Fever to lower some ticket prices for 2014

Tri-City HeraldJuly 15, 2013 

Teri Carr wanted to know why some people weren’t coming to watch her Indoor League Football team.

They told her, and she’s listening.

Because of that, the owner of the Tri-Cities Fever has elected to have her team play in the 2014 season.

Carr and her husband, J.R., had been debating over the past week on whether to forge ahead for 2014 or shut the franchise down.

They have have lost money — in six figures — each of the past four seasons.

Teri Carr told the Herald on July 8 she wanted to hear from people who hadn’t come to the Toyota Center and why, and was having the Fever in the community worth it to them.

For Carr, she’s taking a chance for the upcoming season.

“We’re rolling the dice to what the Tri-Cities has told us what they want,” she said. “I hope at the very least the Tri-Cities realizes we’re a great community and for our size we have great options for entertainment, and we want them. But people need to support them.”

She said she received emails from fans, sponsors, other team owners, Fever players, and even players from other teams.

“One of the other owners actually told me ‘Teri, with you in the league, my budget is higher. But with you I know we’ve got a good playing partner,’” Carr said.

Carr and her staff immediately have been looking at the team’s ticket prices to help make it more affordable for fans.

“We’re kind of playing with it,” Carr said Monday night. “We need to have competitive pricing. Our cheapest walkup price is $15, and for youths and senior citizens it’s $13.”

After refiguring the ticket prices, Carr will work with the Toyota Center on a one-year lease; and then on head coach Adam Shackleford’s contract.

A major sticking point is that Carr just wants to do a one-year lease with the Toyota Center, as she wants to see how the team does financially in 2014.

But Shackleford, whose current contract runs out on Aug. 31, would like something more than a one-year deal. The current deal was a three-year contract.

Shackleford said he hasn’t talked with Carr this week.

“I figured they’d be doing the media stuff,” he said. “I’ll let them figure it all out.” Shackleford spent Monday recruiting.

“I’m fulfilling the requirement of my current contract because I think that’s the professional thing to do,” he said. “I’ve been building a database, making sure we have our ducks in a row when the NFL starts making cuts. I’m meeting with a CFL scout (Tuesday).”

A one-year lease doesn’t offer a coach much of a security blanket.

“But I should count my blessings,” Shackleford said. “There are a lot of coaches out of work right now. Teri is under a one-year contract too.”

Shackleford admitted other IFL teams could use the one-year lease against him during recruiting.

“(The deal) is something I have to think about,” he said. “It hasn’t been offered to me. I know in a one-year deal you better win. This (database) I could use here or somewhere else. But I have no reason to believe I’m not gonna be here. I trust (Teri) 100 percent.”

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