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.”
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.”
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.