Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Blackhawks set season ticket record

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that for the 2008-09 season the organization has surpassed its previous franchise record of 13,425 season ticketholders established in 1994-95, during the inaugural campaign at the United Center. In addition, a near-capacity crowd is expected for tonight’s home preseason game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, marking the most tickets sold for a home preseason contest in franchise history.
Season ticket sales for the 2008-2009 Blackhawks season have increased 300% from October 2007 when the base was 3,400. The increase for the upcoming campaign marks one of the biggest one-year turnarounds in sports ticket sales history for a team that did not qualify for the postseason.
For the longest time, Chicago was a black hole when it came to interest in the NHL, so this is going to have a big, long-term affect on a lot of things in hockey — including revenues. The third-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. or Canada, Chicago has about 10-million people, is an Original Six franchise and should be one of the top markets in the league.

And I think we're headed back in that direction.



At 1:29 p.m., September 23, 2008, Anonymous mc keeper said...

Hello, Chicago. Good to have you back.

At 5:24 p.m., September 23, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

Speaking of Original 6 cities and large American markets, how are the Bruins doing ticket sale wise this year?

At 5:56 p.m., September 23, 2008, Blogger wade little said...

God damn is it nice to be in contention again.

At 7:38 p.m., September 23, 2008, Blogger Bob Roberts said...

I'm very glad to see hockey back in Chicago; especially back on TV.

Thank God for NHL Centre Ice for those of us who don't live in a city of 10 million.

A young and exciting team -- would have been LOUD in the old stadium.

I never knew why Bill Wirtz seemed so determined to run a once-proud franchise into the ground. Why was that?


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