Knights tickets hottest in OHL

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:49 AM ET

Not surprisingly, the London Knights are the hottest ticket in the Ontario Hockey League.

But contrary to popular belief, there are tickets available for all remaining games on the schedule.

But act fast, even for later.

The Free Press has learned the Knights will make available more Memorial Cup ticket packages.

Details are expected to be announced next week, but it's believed it will be less than 500 packages.

The Knights had capped the previous Memorial Cup sale at 7,500, with 1,500 reserved for the Canadian Hockey League.

Jim McKellar, the team's assistant GM and director of public relations, said yesterday there's been a good presale for Knights games until the end of December.

He issued a word to the wise.

"If you have a game in mind, I would pick sooner than later. But we want to get the message out there that we have tickets for every game," McKellar said.

The John Labatt Centre seats 8,728 for hockey. With standing room and wheelchair-accessible areas, total capacity is 9,056. (They're averaging 8,970 fans a game this season.)

The Knights have sold 6,472 season tickets. Group sales average 1,600 seats and Knights ticket manager Matt Moreland said requests are being turned away, "unless it's a small group of 10 or 20."

The Knights give the visiting team 100 tickets for family and friends. The Knights players themselves get 100. On rare occasions those aren't all used and they're sold at the box office around game time.

Doing the math, that leaves 784 tickets available to the general public for each game -- but, in many cases until the end of December, it's much less than that.

Moreland said Friday, as an example, with the Barrie Colts in town, they're down to single seats and standing room.

"There are very few exceptions where we can sell somebody a pair of tickets for games between now and the end of December," he said.

One exception is tomorrow night, a rare Thursday home game, with the defending OHL-champion Guelph Storm at the JLC.

Moreland said every Monday, any group sales tickets that remain in the inventory for games that week are put on sale.

"There aren't many and they're usually gone by the end of the day," he said.

Other than the obvious advantage of being able to sell 4,000 more tickets at the JLC than they did at the Ice House, the Knights are on a computerized ticket system at the JLC and every game, right up to the final home game on March 18, can be purchased now.

Those purchases can be made at the Knights' Gate 4 box office at the JLC, by phone, or online through Ticketmaster.


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