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Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Posted on: June 4, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Well that didn't take long.

At the news conference to announce the purchase and relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg, the ownership group detailed a plan to reach 13,000 season-ticket sales to help solidify the deal and prove to the NHL Manitoba was ready to host big-league hockey again.

With some tickets already gone in the presale, there were some 9,000 tickets left to go when the sale went public on Saturday. In just 17 minutes later, the goal was reached, 13,000 season-ticket holders just like that with 7,000 more being placed on a waiting list.

"We would like to take a special moment to thank all of our fans in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Canada for their support over the past week — in particular, the overwhelming response of our fans which has resulted in a successful 'Drive to 13,000' campaign," said Jim Ludlow, president & CEO of True North Sports & Entertainment. "The success of the campaign is a key ingredient to ensuring the sustainability and long-term viability of NHL hockey in this province."

"While I had no doubt the 'Drive to 13,000' would reach its destination, the remarkable speed at which it got there certifies the fans' hunger for NHL hockey and their commitment to True North's initiatives," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.

Yea, I'd say they're pretty psyched to have the NHL back.

The next thing everybody wants to know is what will the team name be? The ownership group said that wouldn't be announced until the 13,000 mark was reached. The sentimental pick is clearly the Jets, but there are some other good options out there. My personal favorite that I've seen out in the Twittersphere was the Winnipeg Phoenix. So fitting.

-- Brian Stubits

Category: NHL
Comments

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2011 9:16 pm
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

And by the way, I have vacationed in Flordia many times, and the sun sets just as early as it does up here.  


not even close....in the winter we have more than 2 extra hours of light over vermont.....and in the summer 2 hours less...its called being closer to the equator..



Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: June 5, 2011 8:13 pm
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Imbeciles from the east coast easy junior I'mYell sure there are a few out there but when peeps stereotype most the times it's shows who they really are



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2011 7:13 pm
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

See the sun? Walk outdoors comfortably for good portions of the year?


Let me add to this:

Duck crime, run from hurricanes and tornados,  play hockey in an empty arena, get slapped in the face with a recession, etc.

If I were a hockey player (and hockey is played on ice), i would rather be in a city that supports me and if all i have to do is deal with cold weather for a couple months, I would.  Sure beats what I would have to do in Atlanta.

And by the way, I have vacationed in Flordia many times, and the sun sets just as early as it does up here. 

So continue fighting a recession and major natural disasters.  We up here in Winnipeg are far more content to enjoy the brisk cold in the winter and enjoy watchin OUR hockey team!




Since: Jan 26, 2010
Posted on: June 5, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Well first off, you took the shot at Canada first, and I would much rather go to Canada than Georgia, or Indiana for that matter.  I am stationed down here at Ft. Stewart right now, I can't wait to PCS out of this pit of a state.  I would love to live in Colorado again, and when I get out I am moving to a place that is nice and quiet.



Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: June 5, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

wait, you live in Indiana and your making fun of somebody from Georgia??? Who has EVER said that they were going to Indiana for vacation??????????I think the only people that don't live there ended up in Indiana on accident.

Really?  While I don't feel the need to defend Indiana residents, and defending anything from the southern states is really quite a joke, this statement is quite funny to a resident of Colorado.  We get people from all over screwing up our state, acting like idiots thinking the whole state is one big amusement park for the mentally challenged.  Yes, Indiana is not a vacation paradise.  Neither is Georgia, I would never even think of going there.  To be honest, the whole east coast region would never appeal to anyone that lives someplace where there are 300 days of sunshine, low humidity, and places where you can go and not see another face for miles and miles.  But, that also seems to attract imbiciles from the east coast and the south that think their way of life is superior to anyone elses, because that's where they were born, and it is nice and familiar to them.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: June 5, 2011 2:39 pm
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

wait, you live in Indiana and your making fun of somebody from Georgia???  Who has EVER said that they were going to Indiana for vacation??????????  I think the only people that don't live there ended up in Indiana on accident.  



Since: Jan 26, 2010
Posted on: June 5, 2011 2:22 pm
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

What else is there to do in Georgia besides smoke meth and make out with your cousin.



Since: Nov 28, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

So let me see if I understand this.....all you had to do was say....I want one and that counts as a sell. Well of course you have to go thru the process and actually pay for the damn things.....or is that just a sign of things to come???



Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: June 5, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

See the sun? Walk outdoors comfortably for good portions of the year?



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2011 12:35 pm
 

Winnipeg reaches 13,000 tickets in 17 minutes

Read between the lines:  There is nothing else to do in Winnipeg!

WarnertoHolt,

As compared to what?  What is it in other cities (say Atlanta) that you can't do in Winnipeg? 


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