Knights ticket scarce item

MORRIS DALLA COSTA -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

If you want to see a London Knights game this season, you'd better be prepared to stand up or sit by yourself.

The Knights have 20 home games left this season. Of those 20 games, 19 have only single-seat or standing-room tickets available.

Knights box-office staff could only give approximate numbers yesterday. Look for 50 to 150 single seats being left for those 19 games. The Knights also sell 200 standing-room tickets for each game.

There were 268 tickets remaining yesterday for the Erie Otters-Knights game on March 3.

Earlier yesterday, there were pairs available for the March 13 game against Erie.

"Oh, we just sold the last pair to the March 13th game. Now it's only standing room and singles," said box office co-manager Krystal Potts, as she was checking to see how many tickets were left.

That's the way it goes. Tickets don't sit around long these days.

The Knights are on a 26-game unbeaten streak heading into their game Friday at the John Labatt Centre against the Windsor Spitfires. It's standing room only for the next three home games, against the Spitfires Friday, the Guelph Storm Dec. 10 and the Kitchener Rangers Dec. 12.

There is one other way to get tickets. You can wait until extra tickets are released at the beginning of the week of a game. Those are tickets distributed to organizations as group sales, with those unsold returned to the Knights.

But those tickets don't last long, with numbers varying from a few dozen to several hundred each game. They are usually snapped up the day of release.

"It's unbelievable," Knights general manager Mark Hunter said. "We never dreamed something like this could happen. We are very appreciative of the way the fans are coming out."

Hunter said he spent the last week at meetings in Toronto, and even in the Big Smoke the Knights are a big story.

Hunter was listening to a Toronto sports' talk show and a caller indicated he'd been to a game at the JLC. He talked about how much he appreciated the game and the facility.

"It's a good product," Hunter said. "They enjoy the intermissions, the food, the building. We have the streak and we have an exciting team. It's just a good experience. People enjoy it."

It's definitely easier to get a ticket to see the Knights on the road, although they've become a hot draw away from home as well.

In Barrie on Saturday, 4,271 showed up to watch the Colts and Knights play in a building with a capacity of 4,195, the largest crowd in the Colts' 10-year history. Barrie has been to the OHL final twice.

Even Hunter was surprised when told 19 of the remaining 20 home games had only single-seat and standing-room tickets available.

The Knights have sold 6,472 season-ticket packages and are averaging 8,985 fans a game.

By now, even an optimist realizes getting a pair of tickets is going to be tough. By the time you read this, it may be even tougher.


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