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Jets cancel season ticket accounts for scalping

Oct 7, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

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Everyone knows that opening night tickets in Winnipeg are a hot commodity. That’s the same kind of understatement as saying “Shea Weber had a pretty good beard last season.” Even though face-value tickets max out at $192 per game, tickets on the secondhand market for opening night are going for more than $4,000. As the season approaches and tickets are increasingly out of control, the Jets organization is doing something about it.

According to James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail in Toronto:

“Winnipeg Jets say a number of season ticket accounts have been cancelled for activity regarding the re-sale of tickets.”

This isn’t the first time that the Jets organization has stepped up to limit the actions of scalpers. Back in June, True North cancelled ticket transactions that they didn’t think were legitimate. After it only took 17 minutes to sell 13,000 season tickets, there were bound to be some issues with average fans looking for single game tickets. Mix in the aura and intrigue of the first regular season NHL game in fifteen years and tickets for Sunday’s game against Montreal have long since been spoken for. Predictably, not everyone who was lucky enough to land tickets plans on using the tickets.

To give proper perspective, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper reportedly asked for 14 tickets to the game—and was only given two by the organization. It’s not every day that an organization refuses to fill the prime minister’s ticket request.

We have to give it up to the Jets organization to do whatever they can to make sure the tickets are getting into the fans’ hands. There’s a supply-and-demand effecting going on in Winnipeg. The MTS Center only holds 15,015 for hockey games and there are about 684,000 people in Winnipeg who want tickets. Considering plenty of scalpers got their hands on the tickets for opening night—and the rest of the season—the Jets are doing their part to get face-value tickets into the hands of their fans.

We wonder: what would have been the going rate if were the Canadiens were playing their opening night game in Atlanta?

  1. muttbolts - Oct 7, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Class

  2. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Oct 8, 2011 at 1:02 AM

    I don’t like seeing people make money for something they didn’t earn but at the same time I hate businesses that dip their hands in your Kool-aid more.

  3. greatminnesotasportsmind - Oct 8, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Its no different than Minnesota Viking fans selling their season ticket to the Packers game for the price of the season ticket. If people want tickets bad enough they will spend.

    With Winnipeg about to become a rival with Minnesota, I already hate them.

  4. 8man - Oct 9, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    I think this is brilliant. It’s about time someone took a stand against this behavior.

    With only 15,000 seats and 684,000 people, the Jets can afford to turn over their season ticket holders a few times.

    Here’s the message. Behave and do the right thing or you’ll be watching it at home…and so will everyone you tried to sell them to.

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