How Cardinals-Pirates will help Chicago fans attending Hawks-Blues

How Cardinals-Pirates will help Chicago fans attending Hawks-Blues
October 8, 2013, 7:45 pm
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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues, much like the Nashville Predators before them, are trying to devise a plan to see fewer Chicago Blackhawks jerseys in their home arenas. Color the Blackhawks flattered.

Four 2013-14 Blues games were not available for single-game ticket purchases included two Blackhawks games, the first of which is Wednesday night here in St. Louis. Brandon Bollig, a St. Louis-area native, considered the move a testament to Blackhawks fans.

“It’s no secret we have a fan base that follows us everywhere,” said Bollig. “I don’t know how or fans feel about it, but it’s flattery that they want to keep them out that badly.”

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If fans wanted tickets to the four singled-out games, they could only get them as part of full- or half-season tickets, or 12-game and hat-trick plans. The Blues, like the Predators, want a true home-ice advantage, something they haven’t had the past few seasons when the Blackhawks have been in town.

“It’s a credit to ‘Hawks fans, I guess,” Patrick Sharp said. “That’s their decision, but I don’t know why you’d deny selling them tickets.”

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Now there’s an interesting little wrinkle to tomorrow night’s Blues game. Game 5 between the Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals, originally scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, is now slated for a 7:07 p.m. (CT) start.

It’ll be interesting to see how the divide goes between Blues and Cardinals fans tomorrow night, and if Blackhawks fans will be beneficiaries of any Game 5 choosers.