Jul 28, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT
The Los Angeles Kings were a pretty solid draw last season. They played to 100 percent capacity at the Staples Center and averaged 17,920 in attendance for their 41 home games.
Now it sounds as though they’ll be an even bigger draw in 2012-13.
On Friday, the Los Angeles Daily News caught up with Kings COO Chris McGowan, who told the paper seasons tickets have been going like hotcakes — the Kings have already sold 15,000, an “unprecedented” number.
“Ticket sales have been really, really brisk,” McGowan said. “We’re getting to a point where organizationally, it’s all about managing inventory. We’re getting slim in terms of availability. Season-ticket wise, we’re in a position where we’re going to stop selling season tickets because we’re going to be capped out.
“The season-ticket base would be so high where we wouldn’t have an ability to sell any more. We have to take care of partial-plan holders, and we want to keep (tickets) for group ticket sales and individual buyers when we go on sale.”
The Kings have such a passionate fan base, that even last year they sold 12,000 season tickets. But they won the Stanley Cup in such dominant and surprising fashion – going 16-4 as the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference – that they attracted a new fan base. And the Kings want to make sure they have some tickets available for those fans who have jumped on the bandwagon, too.
McGowan also predicted that, for the first time in club history, a waiting list for tickets could be implemented.
“Once we exhaust all these processes, we’ll start a waiting list for season tickets,” he said. “Which we suspect will grow.”
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