Hawks' first practice of the year will be in front of standing room only crowd at United Center

Yes, you read that correctly.

The Chicago Blackhawks announced yesterday that the Training Camp Festival scheduled for Saturday, September 18th has completely sold out.

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that tickets for the third annual Blackhawks Training Camp Festival, which takes place at the United Center on Saturday, September 18 from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., have sold out. 

The marquee event of the Festival will allow a standing-room only crowd inside the United Center to watch the Blackhawks first day of on-ice training camp practices and scrimmages with Head Coach Joel Quenneville wearing a microphone. Outside, the Festival will include a 5K walk/run and 10K inline skate named "The Mad Dash to Madison," as well as a three-on-three street hockey tournament, a bags tournament, appearances from Blackhawks Alumni, live music, food and drink and entertainment for fans of all ages. 

The United Center seats roughly 20,000 people, and the Hawks are expecting a paid standing room only crowd.  The Hawks are essentially drawing a bigger crowd to watch Joel Quenneville run breakout and power play drills than many teams can draw for regular season games. Insane.

The event should be a fun experience for the team's newcomers, especially those coming from hockey deadzones like Atlanta and Florida. It might be the biggest crowd some of them have ever played in front of, let alone practiced. 

It's good to see fans excited about the 2010-2011 pre-season. There is a lot of anticipation to see how the roster shakes out and how the numerous holes from the Stanley Cup roster will be filled. 

This year will be exciting. I'd tell you to get your tickets now, but those are sold out too. 


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