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Hockey Thu Aug 14 2008

Restoring the Roar

While the ongoing Olympics and continued baseball division battles (not to mention the great weather) have made it hard for many Chicagoans, myself included, to think about winter, Monday saw single-game tickets go on sale for the upcoming Chicago Blackhawks season, starting with the October 13 home opener against Nashville.

In years past, this date would have come and gone with nary a blip on the sports pulse of Chicago, but despite my distractions, the results showed many fans are counting down the days until the season starts. The team reported that more than 57,000 single-game tickets were sold Monday. Combined with a season ticket base that has reached 12,000, there are currently more than 500,000 tickets allotted for during the season. Compared to this point a year ago, the team has seen ticket sales increase 300 percent.

Tickets are currently available here, but are going fast.

Although no games are currently listed as sold out, certain games, including the home opener, Oct. 25 against Detroit, and Feb. 27 against Pittsburgh, have only standing room tickets available. It is possible to get seats for these games by purchasing partial or full-season ticket packages. Note, the Jan. 1 Winter Classic game has yet to officially go on sale, as that game is controlled by the NHL. Full-season ticketholders will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the Wrigley Field game.

Needless to say, anticipation is higher than at any time in recent memory, and with a strong start, the Hawks can be playing to capacity crowds reinventing the Madhouse on Madison for a new era.

 
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