So last year around this time there was some debate about the costs for the WCP tournament. High ticket prices, concession prices and overall registration fees. This year not so much. Mostly because I'm not sure if any of that information has been made available yet.
We do know that the RSA and SSA fees to play are still high. The SSA fee is required for everyone, regardless of whether you play in Regina or not. The SSA fee is $23.50 and I believe is mostly an insurance premium. If you played during indoor then you were charged it at the beginning of the season, regardless of where you played. If you didn't play during indoor then you have to pay up before the tourny.
The RSA fee is for everyone who didn't play in Regina during indoor. So even if you were registered in Saskatoon and paid your full fees there, you still have to pony up the $46.40 one-time fee for the RSA. Why is this fee so high for a 3-week tournament? I have no idea. The RSA isn't paying the referees for WCP, they're collecting booking fees for the entire three weeks (including whomever else is using the back field), and the doors and all entrances will be manned by WCP volunteers. I don't even recall if there are any RSA staff on the premises while games are on.
The other thing that hasn't been discussed much is the cost of a tournament pass. In 2011 it was $75 for a tourny pass and that didn't include the final day, which was $10. That's $85 for Nana to come watch her grandkids kick around a ball and watch something she doesn't understand. Will the prices be similar this year? I'm guessing yes.
The last thing to think about is beer prices. Still no idea if they have the facility licensed (crazy if it wasn't) but who knows how much a beer will cost. It's Evraz Place that sets those costs and let's just say they're not exactly UNICEF. I'll probably cough up whatever is required because watching some games without a buzz is excruciating, but I'd like to know in advance so I can start budgeting my well-earned money.