The NHL still views the Nashville Predators as a non-traditional hockey market. Some may call them a small market team, but today the Predators have made a BIG time move to regain home ice advantage when the Chicago Blackhawks come to play
According to a report from Section 303, the Predators are instituting a few measures to make sure that the fans buying tickets aren’t the ones planning a road trip from Chicago. Fans, regardless of their affiliation, won’t be allowed to purchase single-game tickets to any of the three games between the Blackhawks and Predators in Nashville. They’ll be forced to buy tickets to a second game. And, during the pre-sale period, zip-code restrictions will be implemented. (csnchicago.com)
If you want tickets to those games, you’ ll have to buy tickets to a second non-Blackhawks game too. (President and Chief Operating Officer Sean Henry)
This is not the first time the Predators have made a bold move like this. The Predators have taken aim at the once division rival Detroit Red Wings. The campaign was simple, Turn in your Red Wings jersey and got 50% off a Nashville Predators sweater.It has been reported that over 300 jerseys were traded in.
While some NHL teams only want to sell tickets; the Predators are taking their building back. Chicago will be in town for three games (Nov. 16, Dec. 17 and April 12, 2014.). I think this is a bold, and edgy move aimed to control the out-of-town noise. While there is no way to control all ticket sales, and some Chicago fans will get in the door it might help limit the numbers of fans. A site like stub-hub is going to be one way Blackhawks fans can get around this, and lets not forget scalpers.
The Predators may be on to something here. This allows their fans to pay the “normal” price for a ticket (unlike the Buffalo Sabres when Toronto comes to town), and could add to the Predators gate revenue for the season. Allowing them to add skill and depth to their team.
I do have some concerns that this will start a anti-visiting team movement in the NHL. But, that already happens to one degree or another.
Keith Schultz of Blackhawkup.com sahred his thoughts on this second coming of “keep the red out”
- NHL teams are a businesses ,and should be to make any decisions they want on how tickets are sold.
- Stubhub and other outlets don’t care about the Predators decision.
- Scalpers don’t care who buys the ticket. It’s about the selling. If you show up with cash it won’t matter.
Lets us know what you think?