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Drive to 13 complete: Winnipeg season tickets sell out in 17 minutes

Jun 4, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

NHL in Winnipeg AP

To little surprise, the Drive to 13,000 season ticket holders was completed once tickets became available to the general public today. The more amazing part was the rapid speed in which it happened: Winnipeg fans reportedly only took four minutes to scoop up the 5,842 (or so) tickets that remained, while it took 17 minutes to process all the orders.

True North Sports and Entertainment is now compiling a season ticket waiting list for fans who weren’t able to get tickets. One cannot help but wonder if those waiting lists will rival the tradition of highly-contested ticket deals that Green Bay Packers fans are famous for in Wisconsin. (Pension Plan Puppets’ Chemmy said that they already have 4,000 fans on their waiting list, but that’s not an official number.)

One of the biggest questions for eager fans revolved around how well the Drive to 13 site would handle the huge rush of traffic that would hit its Web site around noon central time. reports that it was Ticketmaster’s Web site that ran slowly, instead.

With their stated goal of reaching 13,000 season tickets now a reality, we wait for True North to back up their promise by announcing the new team’s name. We’ll let you know the verdict once it is announced. In the mean time, here’s a quick statement from True North.

“The success of the campaign is a key ingredient to ensuring the sustainability and long-term viability of NHL hockey in this province,” said Jim Ludlow, President & CEO, True North Sports & Entertainment. “We look forward to seeing everyone this Fall at MTS Centre for opening night of regular season NHL hockey in Winnipeg.”

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was impressed with the speed of the sale.

“While I had no doubt the ‘Drive to 13,000′ would reach its destination, the remarkable speed at which it got there certifies the fans’ hunger for NHL hockey and their commitment to True North’s initiatives.”

  1. ready4jets - Jun 4, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Mike milbury kept saying not a chance. How’s that crow taste? Mike’s prognosticating skills were bad when he was the GM of the Islanders, and they continue to be bad today.

  2. sknut - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Congrats Winnipeg fans, you did it and in the process showed the passion and desire for a franchise. I look forward to the name, now I only wish they would handle re-alignment this offseason. (I know it won’t happen but its holding a lot of teams up and will make life uneasy for the Southeastern teams this next season.)

  3. sippindasyzurp - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    That was waaaay shorter than 17 minuets… I can say that I bet every seat was accounted for in that building within the first 20 seconds of availability… The deposits were all accounted for in 17 minutes… I had a set of tickets reserved for my 1:30 sec allotment but gave them back to the public, after my buddy got in and secured our deposit

  4. islandersfan - Jun 5, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    Wow, way to go Manitoba :)

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