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.
#stlblues COO Bruce Affleck on new policy excluding 4 games (2 vs. CHI) from single-game purchase: “Basically, we see too many red jerseys.”
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) August 23, 2013
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.”