Nashville's attempt to 'keep the red out' failed

Nashville's attempt to 'keep the red out' failed
November 16, 2013, 8:00 pm
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In August, the Nashville Predators tweaked their ticket purchasing options in an attempt to limit the number of Chicago Blackhawks fans at Bridgestone Arena.

It didn’t work.

Blackhawks jerseys abounded in the arena on Saturday night, the Blackhawks’ first game in Nashville since the new ticket plan was implemented. The Predators’ plan was to not sell single-game tickets to their three home games against the Blackhawks. If fans wanted to buy tickets to any of those three games, they had to buy tickets for another game, too.

But as warmups commenced on Saturday, it was obvious the attempt to keep the red out failed.

Fans, one way or another, found ways around it. Katie Feigh of Elmhurst, who’s here as part of a girls weekend, actually bought her tickets to this game the night before the Predators announced the plan. Brian Monson of Rolling Meadows bought his on StubHub about two weeks ago.

The St. Louis Blues implemented a similar plan to limit Blackhawks fans at Scottrade Center. Under the Blues plan, however, you had to buy more than just another game’s tickets. According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, tickets to each of the three Blackhawks games there (and one against Detroit) were available solely as part of full- or half-season tickets, or 12-game or hat-trick plans.

The numbers were down a bit in St. Louis, but the Blackhawk-jersey turnout hasn’t appeared to diminish here in Nashville.