By Michael Russo
Single-game individual tickets go on sale Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office and noon at all Ticketmaster locations and the new Hockey Lodge location at the Maplewood Mall. A limited number of season ticket plans and ticket partner plans are available in select locations.
But there is a caveat inside the release that proves that in this economy, the Wild knows it won’t always be easy anymore to sell out a Thursday night game against Nashville or Wednesday night game against Phoenix.
“Tickets for home games against the New York Rangers on Oct. 30 and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 11 will only be sold as companion games. The Rangers companion game is the Nov. 18 match against the Phoenix Coyotes. The Penguins companion game is the Oct. 28 contest against the Nashville Predators. Fans that purchase either the Rangers or Penguins game will have the same seat location for the associated companion game.”
The Wild has sold out all 365 home games in franchise history, the longest streak in the NHL. Could this be the year the Wild doesn’t sell out a game? Obviously the team is trying to prevent that with these type of unprecedented stipulations.
Of course, this might not be the worst deal in the world. Typically, the Wild beats Nashville and Phoenix at home.
For fans who line up for tickets or camp out, the team will provide free hot dogs Friday night and breakfast pastries Saturday morning.
A limit of four tickets per Premium game (premium games can be found on wild.com) and six for remaining games may be purchased per person.
The Wild opens the 2009-10 regular season at Columbus on Saturday, Oct. 3 and hosts the Anaheim Ducks at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are currently on sale for the Wild’s three home preseason games at all Ticketmaster locations (www.ticketmaster.com), the Xcel Energy Center Box Office and www.wild.com. Minnesota hosts the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sept. 18 at 7:00 p.m., the Chicago Blackhawks on Sept. 20 at 5:00 p.m. and the St. Louis Blues on Sept. 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Also, if you didn’t see on the below blog, scrimmage at 11 a.m. Sunday and Monday will be open to the public at Xcel. The tentative training camp roster will be released this afternoon. I will be in the air, so I will post when I arrive home tonight.
UPDATE: Florida Panthers inviting defenseman Martin Skoula to camp.