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New Blues ticket policy aimed at ‘Hawks fans: ‘We see too many red jerseys’

Aug 23, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues are taking a page from the Nashville Predators’ ticket-selling book.

On Friday, the Blues announced four games on the 2013-14 schedule would not be available for single-game ticket purchases: Opening night Oct. 3 (Nashville), Oct. 9 (Chicago), Dec. 28 (Chicago) and Apr. 13 (Detroit).

Why those games?

Here’s more, from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

The Blues are one of the NHL teams this season, including Nashville, which are requiring fans to buy tickets to multiple games in order to acquire them for meetings against Chicago.

In recent years, the Blackhawks have attracted huge crowds to Scottrade Center, at times taking over the in-game atmosphere, and that could continue after the ‘Hawks won their second Stanley Cup in four years in 2012-13.

But this season, tickets to those four aforementioned games are available only as part of full- and half-season tickets, or 12-game and hat-trick plans. Games are divided into three price categories: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

And, just in case there was any uncertainty about who this plan was designed for, here’s the Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford.

In Nashville, the Preds were more subtle in their explanation for a similar anti-Chicago ticket policy — though not that subtle.

“Our objective is to give our team the best home-ice advantage each and every game,” Gerry Helper, Predators vice president of hockey communications and public relations, told ESPN Chicago. “Our ticket plans benefit and appreciate our ticket holders by giving them the best possible pricing, sales and availability, so they can have the chance to purchase these tickets before anyone else, whether they’re from Nashville, Chicago or Timbuktu.”

  1. ibieiniid - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    ok, I won’t argue that the sea of Red is the probably the main reason they did it. But you gotta also think that, even as Blues/Preds fans, the tickets to see their teams possibly beat the reigning champs and one of the best teams in sports at the moment (god that hurts to say, still holding a flyers-fan grudge) have to be a hot commodity that the team wants their recurring customers to have access to.

    • stinkpretty1 - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      nothing better than taking the fan bus to another arena and cheering on your team. i do understand both sides, but if the team doesnt sell out, they should definitely sell tickets to away team fans. More revenue, thats all that really matters, right?

      Ben Affleck is the new Batman? ill stick with the 1960′s POW BANG SHAZAM Batman.

  2. btlpper68 - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Realy ? This is getting ridiculous could u imagine if the panthers restricted the Canadians fans from coming haha need all the fans they can get any day b4 chicago bans NASHVILLE and st luois from
    Coming

    • cardsandbluesforever - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      no what is ridiculous is when I go to a blues blackhawks game at scott trade center and I am literally surrounded by blackhawks jerseys. I am sick of seeing that and quite frankly its embarrassing . just as bad when the redwings are in town. I don’t like going to see the blues at home games when almost half the arena is full of opposing teams jerseys, listening to them cheer when one of our guys gets checked or when they score.

      I would prefer it didn’t have to come to this, but we gotta do whatever we have to to take our arena back from the invaders.

      • chicagobtech - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        “…but we gotta do whatever we have to to take our arena back from the invaders.”

        Put a product out on the ice every night that is worth watching. It’s as simple as that.

      • bhawksrule - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        You mad that your team has less fans and isn’t as popular ? I would be too

      • joe8welker - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        if your team was better they would fill the stadium. BOO HOO blues fan

      • cardsandbluesforever - Aug 23, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        you’d be feeling the exact same way if it was happening to your team on home turf.

      • chicagobtech - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        Guess what cardsandbluesforever, it wasn’t that long ago that the Blackhawks were in that position. From ESPN, here are the average attendance numbers for the Blackhawks.

        2000-2001 24th (14,996)
        2001-2002 23rd (15,568)
        2002-2003 24th (14,794)
        2003-2004 27th (13,253)
        2004-2005 No data
        2005-2006 29th (13,318)
        2006-2007 29th (12,727)
        2007-2008 19th (16,814)
        2008-2009 1st (22,247)
        2009-2010 1st (21,356)
        2010-2011 1st (21,423)
        2011-2012 1st (21,533)
        2012-2013 1st (21,775)

        Bill Wirtz died in the 2007-2008 season. He was known for refusing to allow Blackhawks games to air on TV. When his son Rocky took over he immediately reversed the position of his father. That resulted in a ten place improvement in average attendance, as the Blackhawks were able to show how well they played to the greater Chicagoland area. A trip to the Western Conference Finals solidified the opinion that the Blackhawks were a quality team, the fans flocked to the barn. From there on out the average attendance exceeded the listed seating capacity of 19,717.

        Did the Blackhawks have to resort to gimicks to drown out the visitors? Nope. They did their jobs as a team and showed the city what they were capable of. In return the fans returned the Madhouse on Madison to its former glory.

      • cheliostwin - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:46 PM

        Even though I had lived in Detroit for over 30 years, the first Red Wings game I went to was in Chicago. Shortly after I’d moved to Kalamazoo, halfway between Detroit and Chicago, a local radio station arranged a trip to the a Red Wings/Blackhawks game. They filled up five buses from Grand Rapids, one bus from Holland, and three buses from Kalamazoo. We were delayed on the trip there, a serious accident on I-94, so the first period was almost over before we started swarming into their arena. The Chicago fans weren’t too happy to see us, and many were drunk by that time, but there was nothing they could do about a couple hundred people wearing Wings jerseys invaded their arena.
        This was back when Chelios was still captain of the Blackhawks, and the Wings won the game easily. Since then I’ve been to Joe Louis Arena over a dozen times, and there is always a few hundred opponent jerseys in view there. Heck, even when San Jose was there, there were Sharks jerseys all over the place. When any Canadian team plays there, about a quarter of the seats are filled with opposing jerseys. We don’t mind, we view them as hockey fans, and nobody gets angry that they root for the opposing team. And it doesn’t stop us from rooting for our team.

  3. kellyliber21013 - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    All I have to say this is a bunch of bull honestly. As a hawks fan this is inexcusable. Its like telling me as a hawks fan that if i go to nashville like i have i cant support my team. The next rule is gonna be a Chicago blackhawks fan cant go to a country concert for fear of rattle preditor fans. This is crap anyway you look at it!!!! Fom a very upset and devoted blackhawks fan!!!!

  4. bhawksrule - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    This is becoming rather funny actually.
    The Blackhawks are a more popular team than their own cities team and this is the solution?!? hahah I’m sure all of the local business who bank off of Chicago fans with money to spend for those days are extremely happy about this .

    • joe8welker - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      Now they are not only afraid of our awesome TEAM they scared of our FANS influencing the game.Whiners everwhere watch out HAWKS are gonna take another cup.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:12 PM

        Should we start having “whine tasting events”? I can see opportunities for “whine critics”. How about.

        I fine it a charming and precocious while, very fruity with some oakieness in the background. Enjoy it now for it”s delicious freshness”.

        Or maybe

        “It is a very bold, assertive whine”. The purplish rim color and heavy legs show that this whine will improve over the years. Lay up some now for enjoyment in a few years”.

  5. jhuck92 - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    We should start calling these occurrences Tommy Hawk laws because they’re nothing but Jim Crow laws for Blackhawks fans. My team is better than yours, so you’re going to make it as difficult as possible to see them on the road? Don’t be a sore loser.

    • ibieiniid - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      i’m sorry but that’s a horrible analogy.

    • cheliostwin - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      You’ll notice they are doing the same thing with the only time the Red Wings play there. I watch every Red Wings game, and in EVERY arena there are hundreds, sometimes thousands of Wings jerseys in evidence. In Phoenix, the crowd cheers louder for Red Wings goals than Coyotes goals.
      I’ve seen numerous admissions from hockey fans that for 39 or 40 home games a year, they wear their local team’s colors, but on the nights when the Red Wings come calling, they wear the winged wheel instead.

  6. ic2541 - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    The Bears have had to this in the past as well when it comes to them hosting the Packers,

  7. ic2541 - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    I don’t think this will have too much of an effect on the dynamics of the crowd with stub hub selling tickets. just a thought

  8. thailer35 - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Don’t worry, these promotions won’t be around long…
    http://www.funnymemes.com/funny-memes-blackhawks-fan/

  9. ic2541 - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    I think in the end the only people that are going to get hurt by this are Blues fans

  10. esracerx46 - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    As a Hawks fan, I don’t mind this at all. If a team is that conscious of red, and they have the fan base to put blue and yellow in the seats by all means. Its funny that we are that noticeable that not only the media notices, but also the team notices. And so much so they feel the need to try and publicly put a stop to it.

    • ibieiniid - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      you seem pretty full of yourself. how many goals did you score for the Hawks last year?

  11. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Gutless Sure don’t expect the hawks to stoop to this level.

    • cardsandbluesforever - Aug 23, 2013 at 5:18 PM

      that’s because nobody but hawks fans go to see games in Chicago.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 23, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        Meaning that Blue3s and Preds have less committed fans;)

  12. tdrusher225 - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    People will whine about it, but this is totally within their right to do. I’m not a huge fan of it, but what’s going to happen? Are any Blues or Nashville fans going to be repelled away? Nope, the home-ice advantage thing I can understand and this will help the environment of the arena for the home town team. Are Hawks fans going to be less inclined to try to purchase tickets? Hell no! They’ll want to come in and cheer on their team even more and stick it to the team that tried to keep them out. This is no big deal.

  13. lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Problem is they’re also an O6 team which means they’ve had fans in St Louis longer than the Blues have existed. Go to a Jets game in Winnipeg when they play Montreal or Boston and tell me they all flew in for the game. Granted, Chicago is relatively close to STL but I’d imagine there’s a pretty good number of Hawks fans in STL.

  14. caliscooter - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    What a pathetic move. If you cant fill your own house with your own fan base, then shame on you. Don’t blame your inability to fill seats with hometown customers on the opponent. If St Louis and Nashville want more local fans in the seats, then that should be the incentive to put a better team on the ice. Refusing to sell any ticket to anyone who would like to purchase it should not be tolerated by the league.

  15. pensfan1 - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    This is getting ridiculous and exclusionary. It might even border on discrimination. Nashville and St. Louis need to look at why their fans are not filling up the seats. If they don’t like the atmosphere do something that will make fans want to come to the arena and fill it up. I’m not in Nashville or St. Louis much on business but when I am and there is a game, I won’t go, regardless of who is playing. I can live without one night of a game. My out of town presence might upset someone and I don’t want to be like the Giant fan at Dodger stadium.

    These are sports teams, not gangs. They are bluntly nothing more than entertainment. Why “push the colors” and promote that type of atmosphere by saying “mine or no one’s”? If you have to live that way then take an army to their arena. That could be hard – if you can’t get them to fill the seats at home, you won’t get them to go on the road.

  16. bellicosejeff - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Attention Hawks fans!:

    This isn’t about either team not having enough fans. It about the Hawks having SO MANY band wagon fans it becoming tough for our own fans to buy tickets to those games. Funny how when your team SUCKED (pre Kane and Toews era) Hawks fans didn’t invade our arena anywhere near what it’s like today. These ticket deals are made so THE FANS FOR THE TEAM IN THAT CITY have a better chance of scooping up tickets for those games. I love how highly Blackhawks fans think of themselves. It’s not Chicago, our cities and teams have absolutely ZERO responsibility to please any of you. Quit acting like this league and every team should be trying to do good by you. You are not a concern to our clubs and you never will be. The team you root for is another story, that is a concern to our clubs these days haha.

    Oh and dont bring up local business losing money because some Hawks fans won’t he coming to a game here or there. As if Hawks fans are the only reason any city makes money downtown on game nights. It’s 4 or 5 games out of 41, our cities will be just fine even if no Hawks fans ever show up again.

    I LOVE it when people get bent out of shape over stuff like this. When I saw the headline the Blues were doing this too I laughed hysterically.

    • ibieiniid - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      dickish, but i gotta agree with you.

      • bellicosejeff - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        Haha, yeah that was kind of a dickish way to put it. Probably a little frustration hang over from the Preds “get the red out” story a while back. I bet Hawks fans will still be out in force in both cities for Hawks games. There’s also a problem with drunken incidents at recent Hawks games. Last season I was told to “shut the f*** up” by a clearly overly intoxicated Hawks fans in front of my 9 year old Nephew for saying “go Preds!” I had him kicked out and I’m certainly not against alcohol consumption either. Also reports of fights and vomiting in the seats and walkways. Please believe me when I say I’m not making this stuff up. I got friends that work at the arena. Arena staff dreads Hawks games these days. I’m sure that plays a part in these ticket decision too. Before your first recent cup I enjoyed Hawks fans coming. I lived in Schaumburg, Elk Grove, and Algonquin, (born in NY) I would talk the area and the Cubs (still a fan). Now it like some frat party drinking contest in there when the Hawks come. I’m sure there are still actual Hawks fans that are getting shafted with these deal, and that sucks it really does. However these band wagon fans seem only interested in drinking and picking fights. No thanks.

    • chiguybri - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      Attention Moron!

      Without bandwagon fans, the NHL would not exist. Period. The business model for a successful franchise–which you obviously know nothing about and apparently resent–is that wins draw fans, and fans = money.

      The couple dozen fans you managed to draw to your stadium before the revival was not an effective business model. What is effective? Hoards of crazy hockey fans that love success and are willing to travel to watch it. Hockey cities like Chicago, Detroit, and Boston quite literally saved the sport. So, on behalf of all Hawks fans, your welcome.

      We have no desire to be catered to in any way. That said, this plan WILL backfire. Chicagoans are savvy and known to overreact when we feel we’ve been slighted. It doesn’t take a genius to buy tickets for multiple games online and scalp the extras for a profit. So much for keeping ticket prices down.

      Cordially,
      A Kick Ass Fan of the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks

      P.S.
      See you in St Louis Brah!

      • bellicosejeff - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        Nashville fan actually, and hey thanks for the personal attack and name calling. Clearly one of the more mature hawks fans. Probably one of the fans that goes to another team’s arena and picks fight with guys there with children.

        Bye.

      • cardsandbluesforever - Aug 23, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        actually we would rather not see you here. that’s the whole point of the restrictions.

      • bellicosejeff - Aug 23, 2013 at 5:23 PM

        Ah what the hell, I’ll reply a little more. I don’t appreciate being called names anonymously on the internet. Dont get me wrong I used to be a P.O.S. on the web too. Until I remembered that my testicles descended already and what I was doing was childish at best.

        Now you are partly right, I would think the league is banking on band wagon fans to a degree to supplement your core season ticket base. I think the league is more interested in full season ticket holders. The league isn’t trying to sell the Chicago Blackhawks to Nashville residents. That would be extremely stupid. So the league/band wagon theory you put out there, while somewhat correct, doesn’t really apply to this particular situation. They want band wagon fans in the cities these teams exist. And there’s certainly nothing wrong with traveling band wagon fans…..until they become on issue.

        Plus, I don’t care for band wagon fans anyway, So maybe it’s a little personal with me. As a Cubs, Bears (still got my copy of the superbowl shuffle on beta max haha), now Titans, and Preds fan, I’ve stuck with my teams through think and thin, like a REAL fan should. Not in Chicago anymore so I can only support those teams so much, but I do still watch Cubs games regularly. Real fans don’t come along when a team is doing good and bounce as soon as things get rough. To me that’s a second class fan that isn’t worth catering too, and likely second class people as well. The kind of fan/person that would…..I don’t know…..cuss out a guy with a 9 year old kid for cheering for his team in the appropriate arena? Probably.

    • blackhawkslove - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      Not really. Hawks fan’s have been filling up the Blues, North Stars/Wild, Red Wings, Jackets and Predators stadiums for sometime. Even the Hawks fill out the Coyotes arena for a while.

  17. dwoklives - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    The Blues don’t have a problem filling the seats. Attendance has been very strong in recent years. Blues fans are just tired of obnoxious Blackhawk fans filling half of the arena. And I don’t believe that every Blackhawk fan comes to St. Louis because they’re a super fan. They may just be priced out of their own arena.

    That said, it does come off as weak as h*ll.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      Perception vs reality. Blues average % capacity last 5 years is 16th, which is partially improved due to the presence of those in red.

      Hmmm, wonder what team is #1 in average atendance and % of capacity;)

      Preds have a higher % of capacity, which will also decrease if they get away with this lameness.

      • thibbledorfpwent - Aug 24, 2013 at 8:28 AM

        Seriously? SERIOUSLY? You’re making almost the exact same comments as you did on the post about the Pred!s policy? Are you that defective? Dd you not even bother to read the poster above who showed you in detail how much the Blackhawks attendance has varied over the last decade+? (Kudos to ChicagoBtech for presenting the whole picture by the way) Yet you persist in cherry picking the last five years, simply because that’s when they have had good attendance? Good lord man, are you seriously that myopic? I mean I guess I can understand only presenting the facts you want to present to make you look smart (kinda your m.o. by the way) but at least take a little pride, your posts are like reading mad libs, just sub in the team that isn’t Chicago. Have an original thought here and there.

        Signed,
        Your friend, Ad Hominem

        p.s. That’s what an Ad Hominem attack looks like.
        Idiot

  18. timmccullum - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    I just love how Nashville & St. Louis fear them red jerseys from Chicago and it has to be a bit of envy too!!
    HAWKS RULE….NASHVILLE & ST. LOUIS DROOL!!!
    Hope they lose money doing this..Touche’

    • timmccullum - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      Forgot to mention it’s to be expected from 2 trash bucket cities like Nashville & St. Louis where the city shuts down after sunset!! LOL

      • dwoklives - Aug 25, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        St Louis and Nashville are no different than Chicago in this regard. Have seen downtown Chicago after 10pm? Its a dead zone.

    • cardsandbluesforever - Aug 23, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      actually they will gain money by forcing hawks and wings fans to pay a LOT more to see their team play here.

  19. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Blues average % of capacity was 16th the last 5 years, which is likely higher than it would have been without Hawks fans relaibly adding to that;).

    Last year in the playoffs they were only at 95%.

    In contrast, Hawks have lead the leage in total attendance and % of capacity last 5 years.

    Perhaps St. Louis and fans need to look at their own house 1st before stunts like this.

    • dwoklives - Aug 25, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      Yeah, I bet the 3 home games vs the Blackhawks are really inflating the Blues attendance numbers…

  20. LampyB - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Who cares? Don’t get your panties in a bunch. Simply go to a different game, visit craigslist or stubhub, watch it on tv, visit another city, or buy multiple game packages. Many different solutions, use your brain instead of your mouth to complain.

  21. bspray - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    There are two things at work here. First, Chicago isn’t coming into another team’s arena with more fans than the home team. Sure, they may get 3k-5k fans for a road game and when those fans cheer in unison (if they are cheering, it is likely for something that has the home fans quiet), then it will sound loud. Make no mistake though, there aren’t as many Chicago fans as there are Predators or Blues fans in the arena.

    Second, all these policies are doing is making it cost prohibitive to buy single game tickets to Blackhawk games. They are going to force you to also buy a ticket to a crap game like the Panthers or the Blue Jackets. The reasoning here is, when visiting fans can buy single game tickets in bulk, they can buy those seats all together, in the same area. It makes it easier to do ass-clown things in unison. Plenty of Chicago fans will still attend the games, buying tickets from scalpers outside the arena or from a vendor (StubHub etc) or Craigslist BUT it will be much harder for them to get those tickets all together.

    Visiting fans might not be as brave to try some of the shenanigans they try now if they have to sit in groups of 2-4 instead of 20-40.

    As a Preds fan, I don’t like visiting fans in our arena, I don’t care what team they support. The days of courteous, respectful visitors are long gone.That said, the worst visiting fans are absolutely the Blackhawks, Red Wings and Blues. If these policies temper their attendance, I am all for it.

    I would absolutely prefer an arena of 15,000 Preds fans and 3,000 empty seats vs. 15,000 Preds fans and 3,000 visiting fans.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      Hawks, Wings and Blues – Hmmm, oh you mean all your old division rivals except Columbus, how struggle to get fans to their games.

  22. bspray - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    And for all you Hawks fans getting all high and mighty about your RECENT success, it wasn’t that many years ago that the Wolves (AHL) were out drawing the Hawks IN Chicago so don’t go patting yourselves on the back too much for your RECENT inclination to attend games…

    cough.bandwagon.much.cough

  23. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Wonder if the Hawks management should put out a statement to the effect: “The Blackhawks are committed to an “open attendance policy”. Fans with blue or yellow appearal will continue to be welcome at Blackhawks games”.

    Ya know, a take the high road kinda approach;)

  24. lvar12 - Aug 23, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    The whole bandwagon argument is ludicrous because they weren’t even showing the home games on local tv until the 2007-2008 season, midway point and not even showing all of them until the next season, so of course they gained a lot of fans that way and then a just a couple of years later winning the Cup. Also, what’s wrong with getting new fans? Of course they are 2 different types of bandwagon fans, those who pretend that they have been a fan their whole life and those who are learning about the game, nothing wrong with that. The policy isn’t new, in baseball Yankees/Cubs games are usually either part of a pack or more expensive than the rest of the games, basketball Lakers/Heat, Jordan’s Bulls. The only problem is that now you are forcing your fan base that hardly shows up in the first place to buy multiple games just to see one team. I’m a Hawks fan that lives in Denver now so if the Avs did this I would buy the pack but what about the average or new fan that is only able to see one game and wants to see the champs?

    • afrancis55 - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      Maybe you should cheer for the hometown club Instead of picking a winner

      • lvar12 - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:07 PM

        That’s my point, 1. a lot of the “bandwagon” fans wanted to cheer for the hometown club but wasn’t given the option to and when they were it just so happen to coincide with them winning and 2. there are always going to be fans who don’t follow the team all year but when they make the playoffs or win the championship then they claim they were always fan..

    • deathbyspl - Aug 25, 2013 at 7:30 AM

      you may be the only blackhawks fan on the internet with a sense of logic.

      I can see what you’re saying but you don’t take other factors into consideration due to the fact that you don’t live in these markets. First off, I’m a Preds fan so this is coming from a Nashville perspective and I cannot speak for St Louis. Despite what random people say on the internet, nashville has a strong and constantly growing fanbase. Weekend games have recently become legitimate sellouts over the past 2 seasons no matter the opponent.

      Also, tickets are cheap in comparison to other teams and sporting events. I remember one time sitting near the glass for a VS anaheim game 2 years ago being surrounded by Saints fans from nola going to the Titans game the next day. They knew absolutely nothing about hockey and I had to explain the rules to the 2 rows around me. They paid good money for really good seats as just an appetizer to the football game. I don’t think an extra $30/per is going to curb the new, curious fans that much. Especially for only a few games out of 41. Only thing that will happen is that more people will show for a rare Monday game during football season or a wednesday vs. Calgary.

      Besides, the weekend Chicago games will sellout immediately. Local fans and smart investors will resell tickets at an inflated price on stubhub and use the profit for tickets, beer, and chicken & waffles at other home games. The tag lines “keep the red out” should be changed to “get the green out” because the demand for blackhawks tickets is ridiculous. The ticket policy more so keeps the money localized to the home fanbase rather than let some online scalper buy them all up.

      • lvar12 - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        That’s a good point but those Saints fans didn’t have to buy multiple games to see the Ducks, I don’t think this policy will affect the current fan base but if I’m local and want to start going to games I don’t want to pay for a 15 game plan just to see one of the better teams in the league and then hope to sell the others. The problem for me is that he says he wants a home ice advantage, which is fine, but why isn’t this policy for all games then? Like you said those games will sellout immediately regardless, now the resale market will make even more money. I wish I had a local zip code, could make some cash!

  25. bhawksforever9 - Aug 23, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    It used to be the season ticket holders/fans policed the out of towners if they got out of hand. In Chicago stadium at Northstar or Blues games in the 70s/80s there would be at least 5-6 or more good fights in the stands. You were prepared to stand up for your team going to the game, and I still am today, that is part of the experience. There is still some fighting, but not close to what it was. The Blues and Preds fans need to stand up and support the club. Limiting ticket sales isnt going to stop the Chicago army from traveling

  26. hansenbrothers - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    1. This is pitiful. 2. Have you ever heard of stub hub?

  27. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    With all the revenue sharing that goes on, banning specific fans should be against the rules… Especially small market teams that lose money.

    How much revenue will teams like Chicago be sending Nashville and St Louis’s way this year? You already lost all your Red Wings games and revenues from those games, now they’re alienating one of the only huge markets left in the west?

  28. timmccullum - Aug 23, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    What Nashville & St. Louis owners and fans don’t realize is this won’t keep Hawks fans out of your arenas because first of all there are Hawks fans all over America and in both cities PLUS have you ever heard of TicketHub/Craigs list and other ticket outlets where people buy lots of tickets for certain games then re-sell them…Dumb A*s*s’s!!

  29. coachqsstache13 - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    as a blackhawks fan living in southwest Missouri, I make the 4hr drive to see my team play in stl.. also the 6hr drive to Dallas.. the minimum $800 we spend there in 2 days won’t be missed by the hotel, restaurant etc. I’m sure the loyal blues fan spends that too … wish all hawks fans would stay away and allow blues fans to enjoy life with their blue bear mascot.

  30. billyhauntswizards - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    I think this is stupid but Blackhawks fans have a lot of balls talking about teams with “bad fanbases” they should look at their own. Before Kane and Toews, they averaged what 12,000 a game? And now they talk like they’re the best fans in the NHL. I’m not defending excluding opposing fans (hey I do enjoy going to NVMC and the PC for less to see the Rangers hehe), but some of you “fans” are AWFULLY high and mighty when outside of the last 4 years your team hasn’t done jack.

    • billyhauntswizards - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      literally just read up on the Wirtz problem. Alright, I take this back I guess. But still, I stand by that some of these fans talk way too mighty about their team.

  31. kingsforever - Aug 24, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    This is what happens when you bandwagon….

  32. aceinthehole12 - Aug 24, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Those bandwagon fans sure do “love” their team though. Soon enough when the Blackhawks start to suck Chicago will start to love the Cubs again.

  33. deathbyspl - Aug 25, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    As a Nashville Predators fan, I encourage every Blackhawks fan to buy tickets to our upcoming home games whether it be on Stubhub, Ticketmaster, or even buying it from the box office. If you do happen to go the route of purchasing an extra ticket, please consider donating that ticket to military families if you cannot make it to the other game. Ft Campbell is nearby and we love it when those guys are in Bridgestone. If you shop on Stubhub, well you’ll be in luck because there will be plenty of tickets for sale by STH’s and people like myself who will be buying up large blocks of single game tickets to resell due to the recent high demand for Chicago weekend games. The starting price right now for an upper level 2nd hand ticket to the first blackhawks game in Nashville is about $80. I imagine after this officially sells out (which it will before the general public outside of TN has a chance to buy tickets) then starting prices for tickets will be $100+.

    If you’ve never been to Nashville, the games are amazing. Bridgestone is right on Broadway and filled with a lot of nightlife and great places to pre-game and eat dinner. Last call in TN is 3AM and drinks here are CHEAP outside of the arena. If you smoke, there are still a few smoke friendly bars in TN.If you bring your family, there are plenty of things to do for all ages like the Nashville Zoo and Country Music HoF and Museum. Everyone is really friendly. Just don’t insult the Vols, Vanderbilt, NASCAR, or Hank Williams (especially Hank Williams!) and all will be fine.

    I’m sure many St. Louis Blues fans feel similar about their situation.

    PS – I know it’s a tradition in the Madhouse to make a lot of noise during the national anthem and I appreciate that. However, people in the south find this very disrespectful. We ask you refrain from following your traditions in respect to the strong military family presence at Bridgestone. Thank you!

  34. bhfanjb - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    What is keeping a third party ticket resale shop from buying the pack and splitting it up? One of the bigger issues is when the Season Ticket Holder’s put those games up for sale. What irks me the most is when other season ticket holders around me don’t show up for those games because they know they will get a mint if they repost them on the Blues resale website. I would like to know more details about this plan. Have they addressed (can they even legally address) STH’s selling individual games tickets for Blues v. Blackhawks?

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