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Flames will draw for packs

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:00 AM ET

The tickets would have sold out faster than a U2 concert or water in the desert, so the Calgary Flames decided to hold a lottery.

Up for grabs are 600 game packs for the upcoming NHL campaign. They were supposed to go on sale yesterday afternoon but because of overwhelming demand -- evidenced by about 700 fans lined up outside the Saddledome yesterday -- the Flames are divvying up the ducats via a random lottery.

Rollie Cyr, the team's vice-president of ticket sales, said the club decided the move was necessary so more fans had a shot at the coveted game packs.

"We'd have probably sold out of the game packs in about 10 minutes and there would have been people that didn't even get home yet that wouldn't have had a chance at them or even looked at them," said Cyr. "So we thought it wasn't fair that we use up the entire inventory right there and we wanted them to be available to as many people as possible."

The Flames are accepting order forms (available at calgaryflames.com) for the game packs until 2 p.m. Wednesday and will notify fans by Sept. 1 if they've hit the hockey jackpot.

What it means for the team this season, combined with season ticket sales, is pretty much a packed house for every Flames home game.

"We could sell out the building in season tickets but that wouldn't be right," said Cyr, adding the club hasn't released a number for sold season ducats.

"We're trying to make it so the experience for fans is shared at all levels."

Cyr noted other NHL clubs are envious at the fever sweeping Calgary. Support has been strong since the 2003-04 playoff run.

"The support from our fans, even during the lockout, has been huge. Other teams were calling us and they were amazed that people were leaving large amounts of money with us for their deposits," said Cyr.


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