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Cup-winning Kings sell “unprecedented” number of season tickets

Jul 28, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

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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.

More, from the Daily News:

“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.”

  1. chazxcore - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    That’s good for hockey and Nashville is praying for more revenue sharing but LA fans are notorious for not caring once their team goes down hill.

  2. sjsharks66 - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    What a surprise! (sarcasm) they just won the cup, of course their sales are going to be high the year after.

  3. corbinlucas42 - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Yeah of course the sales will be higher. They were the best team in league last year

  4. blomfeld - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    an “unprecedented” number …

    Need we say more ? … apart from the fact that people the “world over” are still reveling in the glory of the most dominating cup march since the 1980’s Oilers ! Not even six months ago, anytime an LA Kings fan would dare to speak up, they’d be told almost immediately to “shut up” and “go back to the beach” etc … well look who’s kicking sand now eh ? :) And the kicker is that this is only “year one” in a dynasty that will likely give even the Ming’s a run for their money !

    GO KINGS GO !!! … THE “BEST” HOCKEY TEAM IN THE WORLD TODAY !!!!

  5. sjsharksfan11 - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    True definition of bandwagon fans in a bandwagon city. Utterly disgusting

    • ron05342 - Jul 28, 2012 at 6:34 PM

      Look in the mirror, dolt.

      I know most of you bay area fans hate L.A., given the inferiority complex y’all suffer. Instead of being the little sharkie-full-of-hate, perhaps you ought to think of all the positives that Sharks fans can look at.

      I mean, look at all the Stanley Cups you’ve won…er, well, look at all the times you been in the Final…uh, scratch that too.

      Hey, you’ve made it to the Western Conference finals a couple of times! Gotta be proud of that, right? :D

  6. ironmike778 - Jul 28, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    I see we have a Sharks fan with an inferiority complex. Keep dreaming of that Cup you’re never gonna get!

  7. sjsharksfan11 - Jul 28, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    I see we have a “kings fan”. Glad to see you showed up once they won a cup. Where were you before?

    • ron05342 - Jul 28, 2012 at 6:31 PM

      Some of us have been around 45 years, dim wit. I’ve forgotten more about hockey then you will ever know, sharkie-come-lately.

      Go cry yourself a river, little bitter sharkie fan.

  8. earlcpeacock - Jul 28, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    wow its just like the philthadelphia flygirls fans, JUMP RIGHT ON BOYS!

  9. kingsguy76 - Jul 28, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Sjsharksfan, i dont think any of us Kings fans can hear you, we have the Stanley Cup stuck in our ears. Keep dreaming buddy!

  10. pop562 - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    The San Jose Guppies. Self explanatory .

  11. jnealsmeatymember - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    This is the weakest pht story i’ve seen since the filly signed the latest ginger. Lest anyone think this is informative.

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