Blackhawks fans have a well-deserved reputation of traveling to road games that it’s almost like the team is at the Madhouse on Madison.
It won’t be that way anymore next season, at least not in the Music City. The Nashville Predators have adapted their ticket policy for next season in an effort to limit Blackhawks fans in Bridgestone Arena.
“This season, for the first time, you will not be allowed to buy single-game tickets for the Nov. 16, Dec. 17 and April 12 home dates against the Blackhawks,” said Predators chief operating officer Sean Henry. ”In order to get tickets to those games, you’ll be required to purchase a second ticket as well.”
This “Keep the Red Out” initiative isn’t likely to stop Hawks fans from getting tickets though, as they often try to find loopholes in the system. Nashville is a common trip they make given that it’s a short flight from Chicago and an 8-hour drive.
“The best way to buy a Blackhawk ticket is to have a season ticket, a half-season ticket or a 15-game plan,” Hendry told the Section303.com website. “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.
As defending Stanley Cup champions, the Blackhawks are likely going to be a big draw no matter what. They tend to play some of their best hockey on the road given last season’s remarkable 18-4-2 regular season road record. They’ve proven in their renaissance that, with winning, fans will be behind them no matter what.
Looking to see the Hawks on the road this season? You can find Blackhawks tickets for the entire 2013-14 regular season, including their December 17th and April 12th dates in Nashville.