Cup tickets will be hard to get now

KATHY RUMLESKI -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

If you want a seat in the John Labatt Centre during the Memorial Cup, you'd better get yourself a horseshoe.

Luck is about the only way people can get their hands on tickets now.

Starting today at 10 a.m., anyone who has already purchased tickets for the tournament, which runs May 21-29, can pick them up at Gate 1 at the JLC.

Memorial Cup event manager Paul Hardy is hoping not everyone will show up this morning, though.

"We don't want them all to go down at the same time," he said. "They can pick them up any time . . . during box office hours."

Hardy said any tickets that are turned in will be resold at face value with proceeds going to Parkwood Hospital's veterans' care facility.

He's not hopeful that many will be turned in, though.

"A lot of people will give them to other people (if they can't use them). We're hoping that the incentive for people to return them is that . . . the money is going to a good cause."

Tickets that are returned will go on sale May 21.

If you are feeling lucky of late, there's always the possibility of winning tickets.

Several radio stations and the New PL will start contests soon.

Elaine Sawyer of Standard Radio said stations BX 93, Q 97.5 and 1290 CJBK will have more than 10 pairs of tickets to give away but refused to say exactly how many or give details about how to win.

"I'm not going to tell you. We are competing businesses. You have to listen to win but I will give you a hint. It will be morning shows and afternoon drive shows."

Kate Young of the New PL was more forthcoming. She said the television station will hold an online contest, beginning Friday.

There's a chance to win two tickets to a Knights game and four tickets to the Quebec-WHL game. Tickets will be given away on May 20 on News Now at 6 p.m

"We're still working on something else. It could go up. We're working with another group," Young said.

There weren't any Memorial Cup tickets on EBay yesterday, although someone was selling a pair of London Knights tickets for $60 for Friday's playoff game, the opener of the OHL final series against the Ottawa 67's.

Hardy said organizers got wind of a plan to sell a suite during Cup week and put a stop to it. An ad was placed in a hockey publication, he said.

TICKET PICKUP

When: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Gate 1, John Labatt Centre


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