The NHL instituted video replay during the 1991-92 season, and the idea behind it was to help referees to better determine whether a goal had been scored. Now, all these years later the technology has improved to such a point that it has rendered part of the officiating staff obsolete. Say goodbye to the goal judges.
You know the goal judges. They're the ones who sit behind directly behind the goals. But they're now done. The league announced that the goal judges will be moved to the press box or another location this season.
Hockey purists might decry the change, but the teams must be smiling. Taking away the goal judges means more seats to sell. More premium seats, that is.
The Flyers, like many clubs, are about to capitalize financially on the relocation by converting the goal judges' boxes into luxury seating.The seats in question will be made of leather, and will be deeper than other seats in the arena. They'll also have waiter service. If you're hoping to get your hands on these seats, think again. They'll cost a pretty penny.
Work crews have redesigned the boxes at the Wachovia Center into 12 "goal judge seats" that consist of two rows of three seats behind each goal.
The seats are packaged with the lease of a suite for both Flyers and Sixers games. A midlevel suite and six goal-judge seats would cost $225,000, according to Shawn Tilger, vice president of marketing and communications for the Flyers.Tilger added that should the suites not sell, the seats would be offered to the general public. So Flyers fans, start working your corporate connections now. And then get in line for the seats. You'll be happy with your new corporate connections either way.