Out of playoffs? Wolves' ticket push pledges refunds

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 16, 2013 - 8:53 PM

The Wolves on Wednesday launched their season-ticket renewal campaign, offering a 10 percent refund off next season's tickets if the team doesn't make this season's playoffs.

The campaign includes price increases in many ticket levels as the team transitions from bargain prices it instituted in recent seasons to bring fans back to Target Center.

Wolves President Chris Wright said the 10 percent playoff-promise refund was planned for months, long before star Kevin Love broke his hand twice, sidelining him for eight to 10 weeks.

Some fans who participated in a flat-pricing "loyalty" plan from last year's labor lockout will see their ticket prices -- as little as $15 for lower-level seats now -- nearly double or more next season.

The team still will sell 1,000 lower-level seats for $20 per game and 8,000 upper-level seats at $7 and $4 each per game.

The Wolves also offering perks such as a team dinner, coach's chalk talk, open practice and boat cruise as part of a membership program in which the current 10,000 season-ticket holders will be separated into five levels ranging from gold to president's club.

The renewal campaign runs until Feb. 18. New season tickets will go on sale March 4.

A surgical doubleheader

Second-year guard Malcolm Lee on Wednesday underwent his second surgery in three days in New York, when he had his right hip repaired there. He had cartilage in his right knee fixed during a Monday operation at a different surgical facility. That makes it a New York City trifecta for the Wolves this week: Love had successful hand surgery on Tuesday there, too.

Lee will miss the rest of the season after missing much of his rookie season because of a knee injury.

Stopping by

Wolves coach Rick Adelman has been in contact daily with top assistant Terry Porter and his son David, a player development coach. He also has watched video of games while he has been away the last five games to be with his wife, Mary Kay, in a local hospital.

So he had plenty to discuss when he stopped by Target Center Wednesday to meet with his coaches and his team before practice.

"It was huge," guard J.J. Barea said of Adelman's presence. "We miss him. It was good to see him and hear from him a little ... He knows we're going through some tough times.

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