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Predators new ticket policy has Chicago fans up in arms

Aug 16, 2013, 9:46 AM EDT

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The Nashville Predators want to “keep the red out” of Bridgestone Arena. With the Detroit Red Wings playing in the Eastern Conference, that means they want to keep the Chicago Blackhawks’ red out of their house as Scott Powers of ESPNChicago.com shares.

Predators Chief Operating Officer Sean Henry tells Section303.com that if Chicago fans want to get a ticket to see their team in Nashville, they’d better know someone or be ready to buy a season ticket plan in Nashville.

“The best way to buy a Blackhawk ticket is to have a season ticket, a half season ticket or a 15-game plan,” Henry said. “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.”

A plan like this is similar to what the Washington Capitals have done in the past to keep Pittsburgh Penguins fans out of Verizon Center. As you might imagine, it’s being met just as well by Chicago fans as it was by Pittsburgh fans.

It’s not all bad though as Predators season ticket holders who might be tempted to sell their tickets to a Chicago fan can donate their ticket to a member of the military instead.

For what it’s worth, Chicago visits Nashville three times this season: November 16, December 17, and April 12.

  1. bruinpred - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    The Hawks have an awesome traditional fan base but the Chicago fans that come to Nashville are unbelievably obnoxious. Most of them are of the “the Hawks have been my favorite team ever since they won the Stanley Cup” variety.

    • 950003cups - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      During the 2012 EC championship series. The Devils did a NO BLUE campaign to keep Devils fans from selling tickets on stubhub or other sites where Rangers fans could buy tix. As silly as it seemed, it actually worked. It was a sea of red jerseys that while series.

      Sometimes these little silly things work. Fans buy in, and as momentum builds, it gets more and more popular.

      It sure was embarrassing for us when the NO BLUE campaign started. But not half as embarrassing as having an EC Finals with 40% of the other teams fans in your building.

      • 950003cups - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        Here’s the story.

        http://m.ibtimes.com/new-jersey-devils-impliment-noblue-campaign-keep-ranger-fans-out-698739

      • tnhockeygal - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        It’s a way to create our new division rival since we are losing the wings….not a big deal…and I had a hawk fan beside me 1 nite that proceeded to tell me about hockey –until I started telling him who I had watched in both college and pro over the last 30 years. Whose jerseys I had in my closet… he finally admitted that as a Preds fan–I was a hockey fan first when he found out that I watched E. Balfour play college and that my fav sweater in my closet was a Dino Ciccarelli jersey…

        Besides the extra ticket(s) can be sold or donated back to a charity such as the military. Buy an extra ticket and get a write off for not showing up.

    • erinogirl123 - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      The Blackhawk fans that I met in LA during the WCF last season were all lovely. Enjoyed their company before, during and after the game. Respectful, knowledgeable and always willing to buy me a beer.

    • hawks1972 - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      I’m sure the feeling that they are obnoxious is a little more based on the fact that they typically have beaten Nashville in TN.

      I have always worn my HOME RED jersey to all Hawk road games. When we score I stand and cheer, when the “home” team scores I stay seated. And I stay respectful. It’s just a game after all, but I want to support my team. Best experience was Vancouver (pre-riots), where Canuck fans were sharing appreciation with the Hawks crest (which most said was the best in the NHL – agreed). Not so great? San Jose. Where most fans have no clue about hockey. You NEVER boo your team…SJ fans boo the Sharks. Not the whole HP Pavilion…but in “sections. Apparently they think every power play should result in a goal, every penalty kill should be successful, and they should win EVERY home game.

      • zfeint - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        Wait. Do you mean the Sharks fans were supporting their team? Get over yourself, elitist. I can’t stand the Sharks, but I think your analysis of them is terribly misleading. If you’re the perfect fan, go write a book to share the knowledge, until then? Seriously, man?

      • deathbyspl - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:01 PM

        based more on the fact there is a huge military presence at Preds games and they don’t appreciate chicago fans singing along during the national anthem because it’s disrespectful. yeah, i don’t get it either, but it’s the biggest complaint I hear from other Preds fans.

        the other thing is that there is also a huge presence of blackhawks bandwagon fans that aren’t even from chicago. ever since 09-10 season they have just come out of nowhere and are rude to everybody. there was always at least one person that would show up in a blackhawks jersey every game even if they weren’t playing and just talk really loudly during the game and intermission about how awesome it was to be the champs. bandwagon gloating is probably the most annoying thing. even more annoying when the team they’re talking about isn’t even playing. if this ticket plan helps keep the bandwagon fans out that didn’t care about the blackhawks before 2009 then it will greatly improve blackhawks fans’ images in Nashville.

        but yeah, this actually more of an economic move than a “keep the red out” campaign. Preds organization just wants to sell more Mon-Wed. tickets during football season.

      • deathbyspl - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:06 PM

        meant to say…yelling and shouting during the anthem instead of respectfully singing along or being silent. I know it’s a United Center thing. just not a Bridgestone thing. different fan cultures.

    • clefty1 - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      The Hawks have a bandwagon fan base….

    • david1084 - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      The blackhawks fan base is a joke. They are mostly bandwagon jumpers. The first few times I saw the Blue Jackets play the hawks, there were very few hawks fans in Nationwide Arena, but since they started winning a few years ago there are a lot more. Check out this fact: the Jackets have been in the NHL for 12 seasons and the Jackets annual average attendance has be better than the hawks in 7, yes 7, of them. The Chicago metro area is 4 times the size of the Columbus metro area. Great fans, I think not.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    I think most Chicago fans care more about being the raining Stanley cup champs then worrying about this stuff.

    As for Washington they just hate the fact that the Pens own their asses (7-1) in the playoffs and that’s after they lead in majority of the best of 7-series.

    • gregman98 - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      Raining????

      What about the “sleeting” or “snowing” champs?

    • timmmah10 - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      There was precipitation?

      Maybe you should REIGN it in a little before commenting.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        Please tell me you’re joking…

      • zfeint - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        You clearly understood what he meant, get over yourself.

    • illbringdabeers - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      Where does it rain Stanley Cup Champs?!?! I’d get an umbrella, personally

      • jcmeyer10 - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        Especially if they are wearing their skates.

  3. sjsblitz - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Thank god for Stubhub right? I love you Ticket Oak

    • blackfoot11 - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Exactly. The ticket resale market will kill this weak plan.

  4. holleywood9 - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Buy the package. Use the one ticket u want. And sell the other. What a crazy idea

  5. timbo08 - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Just come to St.Louis Hawks fans, we have balls and can enjoy getting hammed and talking some trash back and fourth with ya watching hockey

    • illbringdabeers - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      ^Now thats how a real fan should feel

      • 950003cups - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        What’s in Missouri? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        Cheap shot 950003cups. I grew up on the far “sout side”, now reside in S. Illinois. Missouri handles their finances profoundly better than Illinois, Chicago in particular where the Democratic party has sold out the taxpayers in return for “public service” unions support. We “lead” the nation in per capita indebtidness.

        Missouri doesn’t have a long tradition of corrupt politicians. Missouri is not dominated by a city that has a serious problem with crime-related murders, while doing all it can to suppress the thing that would keep the crime down – concealed carry by licences, trained law abiding legal gun owners.

        Missouri is NOT dominated by a party committed to politically correct foolishness.

        Missouri and Indiana are the two states I’m most likely to move to.

        Guess I donm’t really belong in Illinois – I’m not on government handouts, have no debt.

      • basedrum777 - Aug 16, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        Enduser: you’re a first class douchebag for bringing politics into this debate.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      Thanks timbo. I live In Carbondale, Il, looks like I’ll be taking you up on your kind invite. Will give me an opportunity to personally show that Hawks fans arn’t necessarially obnoxious, and that most of us don’t look down at anyone from Missouri, despite what the jerk below said. I will likely be wearing red tho;) (hmmm, should I wear my official 19 Toews shirt, or my unofficial 50 “The Crow” shirt from Cubby Tees???)

      Many GREAT restaurants in the St. Louis area. We’ve enjoyed the museaums and botanical gardens.

  6. jeremyroenickdanceparty - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    The Nationals tried something similar to keep out Phillies fans. It didn’t work.

    • govtminion - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      No, that was the opposite direction- they actively invited Philadelphia fans to come to DC and fill up the stadium. That was back when the team was terrible and the local fans couldn’t care less about them. NOW they can’t put the genie back in the bottle (and the team still sucks, just with a higher payroll)

  7. therealjr - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Thanks stubhub? Trust me, stubhub and its parent, ticket-raper, thank YOU.

  8. longcutskolvikes - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    I didn’t have any problems with Blackhawks fans at any of the Blackhawks VS Wild games I went to last year.

  9. lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Basically, Nashville just figured out a way to make Chicago fans even more determined to come down and be twice as obnoxious. Good on ya, Trashville mgmt. Saturday Nov 16th is now circled on my calendar.

    • vshehane - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      I doubt it is possible for the Chicago fans to be twice as obnoxious. You definitely don’t need to throw around the term “trash”.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        I can, and I will, tenkyouveddymuch.

    • zfeint - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Bash Nashville all you want, friend… your money is still going into their economy. They thank you.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        My money? Unless I come down to see the Jets or Wild kick some Preds arse, my money won’t be going anywhere near Nashville.

  10. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Gutless. Preds should focus on improving their team, who rather “underwhelmed” last year. Hawks also beat the Preds on the way to their 2010 cup.

    Score more goals and there is a good chance you’ll have more locals in the stands. Nashville averaged 23rd in attendance the last 5 years, while Hawks were #1 EACH year. Who knows, Hawks fans may lead the league in away game attendance.

    On the other hand, I’d have thought Nashville would have appreciated selling more tickets. I’m very sure business owners near the NSH statium like having Hawks fans show up.

    Hawks won’t do the gutless thing. I’m sure Preds fans will be able to buy some of the few available tickets (Hawks also lead the league in attendance % the last 5 years as well).

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      OK thumbs downers, how about having the guts to refute what I posted?

      • hawks1972 - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        I did look this up last season and the Black Hawks did have the highest game avg attendance on the road this past season. I’m sure they’ve been in the top 5 the past 4 years.

      • thibbledorfpwent - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        Ah, my old friend endusersolutions once again with the idiot comments, sure you’re right the Blackhawks have been at the top of home attendance figures for the last five years – such a hard thing to do obviously, when you play in the United Center, only the biggest arena by size in the U.S, but we’ll overlook that for now – which is a convienent number to pick, since those five seasons take us back to the 2008-09 season, where the Hawks averaged just over 22,000 a game (we’ll ignore the fact that to do so they had to allow in over 100% of official capacity and all the nice fire code violations that entails). No big deal either that in the previous three year’s drafts the Blackhawks had drafted J. Toews or P. Kane – no those players don’t make a difference at all – and we’re in either the first or second season at the time of those attendance figures. So let’s look back one season previous shall we, to 2007-08, where the Blackhawks averaged -gasp- just under 17,000 fans a game, it’s only 5000 less, so maybe we should look back one more season to make sure that was just a fluke. 2006-07 attendance figures for the Blackhawks – just over 12,000 fans a game, ten THOUSAND less people per game. Don’t believe me? Here’s the reference:

        http://www.hockeydb.com/nhl-attendance/att_graph.php?tmi=5218

        So yeah, the Hawks have been at the top for the last few years – while they’ve been winning – and at the bottom practically before that, when they were losing. So perhaps instead of berating other teams fans for having a small but loyal group of fans who are willing to buy multiple tickets to stack their arena against the Chicago hordes y could remind yourself that you’re a fan of a team whose only fans, are bandwagon fans. See anyone can use numbers to make themselves look smart you idiot.

      • thibbledorfpwent - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        Also, nice to finally know what a clinical analyst does – he spends all day on the PHT forums making idiot denigrating comments! Guess that degree with honours you got is being put to good use!

      • micasa81 - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        I don’t know what to refute, since you posted nothing but opinion or conjecture, but I will tell you why I down-thumbed your comment. Thibble was a tad harsh, but his point is valid, and does make your bragging about attendance look rather silly. It’s compounded by the fact that Chicago is a metro of 9 million people. A city that size, if it were packed with die-hard hockey fans, would never have attendance as low as the Hawks had a few years ago, no matter how bad they were. Can you imagine that happening in Toronto? Not in a million years. Speaking of Toronto, I’d wager that you’re also wrong about the Hawks being highest in attendance of away games too. NO other team invades an away building like Leafs fans. From personal experience, they fill about 1/3 of the Canucks’ building, even though Canucks games are always sold out. By contrast, Hawks fans are typically a sprinkling when they visit Vancouver (a generous sprinkling, I’ll grant you, especially compared to, say, when the Stars come to town). Leafs Nation even floods the Bell Centre, for Pete’s sake.

        Chicago’s a great hockey town with a great history, and no doubt there are plenty of loyal fans who’ve never stopped cheering for them. And right now, you’ve got a team that’s living up to (maybe even exceeding) the legends of the franchise’s history. Enjoy it. But don’t brag about how exceptional the fanbase is when there are plenty of other teams around that have you beat on that count. Chicago had its chance to earn the “loyal fan” badge a few years back when the Hawks sucked balls.

        As for Nashville, they stumbled this year in attendance, but overall for a boring-to-watch team in a city of less than 2 million in the Mid-South, they’re doing pretty well. I don’t think it’s a great idea to try to prevent visiting fans from flooding their building, but on the other hand, it doesn’t create a flattering picture of your franchise, and I can understand why they do it.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        idiotic? Hardly. You omit key aspects. Not only do the Hawks have the highest total attendance, they have the highest % of capacity. And it was not just about picking years they won. There was a changing of the guard in ownership. $ Bill was seriously cheap and indefferent to the fan base. His son Rocky took over and seriously turned things around, even sitting in the regular seats rather than in a private box.

        And so not only do you do the ad hominem thing, you also resort to the inappropriate use of the bandwagon label. To show how lame that is, I first attended Hawks games in the 60, seeing Bubby Hull, Stan Mikita, Glen Hall and Eric Nerterenko, later seeing Tony Esposito in goal as well.

        Bandwagon? Handly. Did I fail to look at the Preds % attendance? yes. I know that site, referred to it when I looked at Preds total attendance. Imperfect researcher? Sure.

        Idiotic? Lets see, national merit student in HS, graduated magna cum laude. 997th percentile on the AICPA level I exam. 760 LSAT (good enough with my GPA for a top 10 law school). Smart enough to not call someone an idiot I don’t know based on a post or two.

        A bit more mannered as well.

      • thibbledorfpwent - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        Uh huh, so remind again then of the definition of a bandwagon fan then, is it a) someone who attends games because he/she is a fan of the team and is there to see the game played regardless of how many incentives the owners offer you to attend and/or dismal the team plays, or b) someone who only attends games when the owners ply you with goodies to watch a good team win? Well gee golly gosh mister I might not have been “a national merit student … graduated magma cum laude … Or got a 760 on the LSAT (which IS quite impressive since the highest possible score on the LSAT is 180)” but I happen to know the answer to my question, are your many impressive feats of learning preventing you from the same?

        As for accusing me of resorting to an ad hominem attack (which is my attacking you rather then your argument to make a point for those whose knowledge of logical fallacies perhaps hasn’t been given the same dedication as the scholarly enduser) as other posters have already pointed out, my point stood on it ‘s own merits, when the team was good and the owners were involved nearly TWICE as many people attend the games as when the opposite is true. In comparison with say, the Leafs, let’s see now they have almost as many people attending games, and a percentage rate at or just over 100% occupancy for the same timeframe you mentioned. Yeah they’ve REALLY been threatening to win a cup every year, practically the dominant team in the east. (Note this is not me bragging about leafs fans, as someone who was born and raised in Toronto just, ick. There’s a reason Harold Ballard lasted as long as he did, and that reason’s on us folks). But to circle back to the original point I didn’t use an ad hominem attack to refute your point, I presented a valid argument as to why your point was stupid. Then I called you an idiot, you would call a rock a rock wouldn’t you?

        As to your new ridiculous point about highest percentage attendance. Lately. Yeah sure it’s at some ridiculous 109% level, or something like that, so either the building hasn’t been properly examined as to the number of people it can admit, or Chicago that oh, so famous bastion of law-abiding citizens, have been letting in more people then they’re supposed to. Are you seriously telling me that if they were allowed to Montreal, Toronto or Philadelphia wouldn’t be crammed to the rafters with people in every nook and cranny? If so are you currently sniffing glue? Perhaps eating it?

        As for the manners thing… Well you got me there, I have been immensely disrespectful to you, I quite admit that. I in no way apologize or ask for any quarter on that subject, it has been my most immense pleasure to do so, since, you persist in making ridiculous statements and insulting my intelligence by expecting me to believe or regard with respect your opinions. Also insulting me by suggesting that I would resort to such a base tactic as an ad hominem attack is not really the best way to endear me to you. Although I would argue that perhaps calling an entire organization and fan base gutless is perhaps, also not the most civilized form of behaviour, but I wouldn’t know, I wasn’t a national merit scholar, etc, etc after all.

        Finally, remember when you asked us whether we had the guts to refute what you said? I do and I did, yet you persist in being an idiot about the whole thing and basically just rehashing your same arguments without really offering anything new, don’t ask, or rather in your case challenge the crowd, for it if you don’t have anything new to add to the conversation. It smacks of a superiority complex, the same one that forces you to brag about how smart and athletic (see the PED forum postings) in order to refute my points, just cause you’re a so and so, and have a so and so, and were graded a so and so, doesn’t mean you can’t have a bad idea, and don’t get all huffy when someone points that out to you, that is the sign of a weak mind.

        Idiot

  11. sjsharks66 - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    You should be happy with selling tickets in general. Maybe the fan base should go to more games. Every time you see a team win the cup the next season they flood a lot of teams games. Like the Bruins at Coyotes. There are a lot of teams that don’t have that problem. San Jose, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Philly to name a few. It all comes down to how loyal your fan base is at attending games.

    • vshehane - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      You should probably check out the attendance stats before you shoot off your mouth.

  12. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    I lived 20 years in Louisville Ky, amd know that the thing you’re supposed to say is “ya’ll come”.

    Apparantly Preds management must be made up of carpetbaggers, as they clearly don’t have a sense of “Southern Hospitality”.

  13. earpaniac - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    So they’d rather have the place half full?

    • zfeint - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      Why take pride in invading another place’s arena? Sure, some travel. But honestly? Most moved out of Illinois. Why celebrate the dying of Illinois?

  14. afrancis55 - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Bandwagon fans ruin it for everyone. Most blackhawk “fans” can’t even name anyone besides Kane, Toews, or Hossa without googling a roster.

    • mrbrummy - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      Wow! you obviously do not know any Bkackhawk fans and chicago fans in general are serious blackhawk fans are intense. come on now… original 6 for god sake! I don’t know any Blackhawk fans that would need to google a roster and I grew up going to the Chicago Stadium games since I was 9. I always hated the term bandwagon fans although I know I have use it plenty of times in my life but I do know the definition of that you are speaking oF.. here’s the thing everyone becomes a fan at some point not everybody is born bleeding black and red… blue and red…Etc. so by that definition everyone is a bandwagon fan at some point. even if you are a fan of an expansion team meaning you are one of the first fans are you not a bandwagon fan due to the newness? I don’t know I just say go out and support your team the best you can and if you have to google the roster hey congratulations on educating yourself!

      • deathbyspl - Aug 18, 2013 at 5:29 PM

        Chicago fans at Nashville games are bandwagoners for the most part though as afrancis55 described. it’s not uncommon to talk to someone in a b’hawks jersey that doesn’t even know Roenick or Chelios. A lot of “die-hard” fans have never set foot in the UC, much less Chicago. There was hardly ever a swarm of red at Preds vs BHawks before 2009.

        Keep in mind, a lot of the people that represent “Chicago” in Bridgestone and most other places (like the internet). well, they’re not from Chicago.

  15. stanleycupchamps1 - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Thank god for iNeedSeats.com! Looks like I’ll be using them for my Nashville tickets again this year.

  16. jhuck92 - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Nothing but a Jim Crow law for ‘Hawks fans.

  17. canadianguest - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Ottawa tried this as well…

    http://www.ottawasun.com/2013/02/13/keep-toronto-maple-leafs-fan-out-of-the-bank

  18. hines86for6 - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    your city is decaying, hawks fans. that’s why you have so many transplants all over the place.

    • blackhawkboy1 - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      makes so much sense. We sell out here, and we travel well, and we are decaying. In what world does this equate?

  19. blackhawks2010 - Aug 16, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Strange, Chicago fans equals fans in the seats which the Preds are in need of.

    Thanks to Stubhub, this will be avoided anyway.

  20. mrpinkca - Aug 16, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Policies of this sort rarely seem to work, and only give the invading fan base something to mock the home fans with.

  21. bluesfan58 - Aug 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    As a business decision, this seems insane. Are the Preds doing that well financially that they can afford to turn away any willing paying customer? Likewise, sporting events should be open to all fans, regardless of who they root for. As Blues fans, we have a long history of animosity towards the ‘Hawks, but, like a good Cards-Cubs series, the raucous attendance of the other team’s fans make for crowded arenas and exciting games. You can’t just suggest that the visiting team’s fans are obnoxious either, as there are plenty of “home” fans at any event who I wouldn’t want my kids to have to hear or see. In my years, I’ve had cordial interaction with many fans of other teams, and would hope they’d welcome me if I followed the Blues to Chicago, Nashville or anywhere else. I must be missing something here…

    • deathbyspl - Aug 18, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      you are missing something. I explained it a little bit more in depth below, but Nashville will only benefit from this because 2 of the vs CHI games are on Saturday. ticket sales on Mon-Thurs will increase. If you break down the raw numbers of last year’s second hand market last year for Bhawks games against the the Preds ticket sales for Mon-Wed games against Flames or Oilers, this plan is genius and practically fail safe.

  22. clefty1 - Aug 16, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Red Wing fans have been invading Nashville since the Preds came into the league.

  23. letsgocaps88 - Aug 16, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    To me at the end of the day, no matter what sweater your wearing you are a hockey fan. I don’t think owners care what colors you are wearing but to fill that seat. I have season tickets for the caps and I can’t make all the games. I sell them way below face value. Doesn’t matter if you are from Pittsburgh , New York , Philly etc. Good atmosphere for the arena aswell with the product on the ice. Hockey rules amen!

  24. chicagofansaretheworst - Aug 17, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    FINALLY. people are starting to catch on. “keep the red out” should start being a slogan for more teams. i want the horrible chicago fans out of my arena too.

  25. watermelon1 - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    I don’t mind opposing fans in stadiums. They can cheer, and enjoy the game.

    But when they start to do CHANTS… It’s just asking for fights, heckling, etc.

    And since most fans can’t grasp that fact, this is actually one ticket policy I agree with.

  26. bhawk729 - Aug 18, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Hope they have enough NSH fans to fill those vacant seats that would have been filled by a Hawks fan or it be a all-time backfire. Oops

  27. bhwksfn - Aug 18, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    I think there is more trash talking on here than I ever experienced at the madhouse. Come on Nashville fans, take off your skirts! Either get a team good enough to fill your rink or stop complaining about when we come to support our team. Don’t like the “rude Hawks fans” then go watch ice dancing or sychronized swimming!

  28. deathbyspl - Aug 18, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    poor Blackhawks fans. you’re cursed by bandwagoners and scalpers. lets get a few things straight first: A) Nashville has always been competitive with the Blackhawks on the ice with the exception of the 09-10 and XX-13 seasons. The season before last the Preds’ actually almost swept the series between them (yeah, it was that year B’hawks squeaked into the playoffs as an 8th seed). B) Nashville attendance will not miss B’hawk fans. Not one bit. Sorry, to burst your egos….but you’re not that important to our games, which you only show up for when Chicago is winning. Preds fans just came off their worst season in a decade, and rookie training camp attendance was almost tripled from last year.

    Anyways, here’s how this ticket ordeal works and why I think it will work out really well:

    Last year during the B’hawks record season, so many scalpers bought up tickets for just the Chicago games that those tickets ended up with a resale value starting at $100+. Compare this to a Detroit Red Wings game at Bridgestone (where there are actually more opposing fans) and tickets usually resale starting around $45. That’s a huge difference. Most of the people buying these inflated tickets are Chicago fans because an inflated Preds ticket + trip to Nashville is still cheaper than an inflated B’hawks ticket in Chi. Preds fans will just wait for a cheaper game here at home because there’s 40 other games.

    Secondly, the Preds ended up comping a lot of weekday tickets to keep up attendance numbers on weaker games, especially those against the Alberta teams. Preds fans are reluctant to go see them play the Flames or Oilers on a Mon-Wed, and likewise their respective fans are too far away to travel. Nashville’s organization had to comp last season and was able to use the lockout as an excuse, but this upcoming season there will not be as many comps.

    So how do they solve this problem? If Chicago fans have shown that they are (very) willing to pay extra money for a Preds ticket then why not charge them? Basic economics of supply and demand. But the twist is that rather than raise the ticket prices across the board or even on a specific game, curve the deal to favor local fans. This plan intends to get visiting fans to buy an extra ticket for $30 on a Mon-Thurs. It can either be resold or donated to military (which is a grand idea!) if not used. There’s over 3 million on the Chicago bandwagon. Why not do this? There are people that will pay it. Also, two of the Chicago games in Nashville are on Saturdays. The tourists will still show up, whether they be from Chicago or not. Even if they don’t, Preds always sellout on Saturdays. There’s really nothing to lose for the Preds on this one and all the Chicago fans complaining probably weren’t going to show up anyways.

    the other upside is that the media has turned this into a rivalry and with the Red Wings gone, the Preds fans need another fan base to jab at. It’d be nice if more Dallas fans would show up….but they had nice sections, not just seats, open in their home arena, much less them visiting Nashville. Which is sad, because i bet they have more class than most of the visiting blackhawks fans.

  29. bhwksfn - Aug 18, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Hey deathbyhavingtowatchapredsgame, that was a lot of rhetoric to say not much of anything. Shoulda, woulda, coulda almost swept the series. Just bitterness I guess at having to try and sell tix to watch the absolute most boring team in the league. Watching paint dry is more exciting. You can bet more Hawk fans than ever will be at those games this year out of spite. Book it Danno!!!!!!

    • deathbyspl - Aug 18, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      sorry, must have lost you when I started referring to numbers. I know that’s a hard thing to comprehend for most of your fanbase because the 40 years that blackhawks were horrendous up until now is a greater sum than what you can count on your phalanges. I guess that’s why most B’hawks fans cannot recognize a season before 2009. or is that just because of the bandwagon?

      but yes, come down. help buy more tickets for the rest of the season. that’s the point! you probably would’ve gotten that if you could do more than troll, but hey….intelligence isn’t for everyone with an outdated, somewhat racist logo on their sweater.

      see you in Nashville. if you can afford it.

  30. bhwksfn - Aug 18, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    We do have a hard time with numbers, except for two…..2010 and 2013. You guys should get the two or three diehard Nashville fans to come to our rink and start a cheering section, if you can afford it.

    • deathbyspl - Aug 18, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      thanks for proving my point on bandwagoners. you left out 1961

      • bhwksfn - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:02 PM

        I was going to call you a bandwagoner but I just realized you cant be called that because you don’t have one to get on. Maybe someday! You are well on your way now that you signed the great Viktor Stalberg!

      • deathbyspl - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        Thanks! btw, your cutdowns are horrible and do you only a disservice. I don’t think trolling is a hobby well-worth spent for you. I understand that it seems easy to hide your short-comings in your personal life by getting behind a hot championship team like the Blackhawks, but maybe you should focus your energy somewhere else.

        Here’s a secret for all of you bandwagon trolls out there: It takes more guts to have pride and stand behind a team that loses but works hard for years to finally get a championship.

        ps. In Nashville, we play in a ARENA. You say rink like you attend peewee games.

  31. bhwksfn - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Like I tell my wife, you are right dear and I’m sorry. I’m a Cubs fan too so I know it’s hard to back a loser. Just got sideline balcony tix in your ARENA for $89 apiece from stubhub. Still plenty left if you need one. See you on 11/16!

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