For Chicago Blackhawks fans few road trips are more enjoyable than the trip to Music City to watch the Hawks battle the rival Nashville Predators. Nashville's vibrant night life and delicious food combine to make it the most attractive Central Division city for Hawks fans to visit. However if Nashville Predators' management gets its way thousands of fans of the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions will be stuck in the honky-tonk venues on 5th and Broadway instead of gaining access to Bridgestone Arena this coming season.
Ever since the Blackhawks' late 2000s renaissance, visiting fans from Chicago have inundated Bridgestone Arena with Red Indian Head sweaters each and every time the division rivals face off in Nashville. This has prompted the Predators to take the unprecedented step of banning single game ticket sales for games involving the Chicago Blackhawks. To purchase tickets to watch the Hawks vs Preds fans will have to buy a second ticket to a Predators game not involving the Blackhawks.
Predators president and chief operating officer Sean Henry spoke to Predators fan blog Section 303 about the new "Keep the Red Out" initiative.
This season, for the first time, you will not be allowed to buy single game tickets for the November 16, December 17 and April 12 home dates against the Blackhawks. In order to get tickets to those games, you'll be required to purchase a second game as well.
“The best way to buy a Blackhawk ticket is to have a season ticket, a half season ticket or a 15-game plan,” Henry said. “But we also realize that we're still going to have to sell 3,000-4,000 single tickets for that game. What it's going to do by forcing another game is we'll almost direct it toward people that live in the general area, for the most part. And (for the pre-sale) only those in the zip codes that we unlock can buy the Blackhawk game and a second game. So we're breaking down every barrier we can to Keep the Red Out.
"Keep the Red Out" is a really stupid plan for an organization that saw its attendance dip last season. All they are doing is cutting into the profits of local scalpers. Luckily for Hawks fans sites like StubHub and Craigslist will continue to allow Hawks fans the opportunity to purchase single game tickets to watch the Hawks play in Nashville. To read more check out this article from CBSSports.com.
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