Flames draw one hot ticket

PABLO FERNANDEZ -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:12 AM ET

For Flames fans looking to take in the playoffs, it's all up to the luck of the draw.

The scramble for Calgary Flames playoff tickets is on as the club announced yesterday, there are 1,300 tickets per game available for the series against Detroit.

The Flames will again use the lottery-style strategy they applied to the sale of playoff tickets last year, said vice-president Rollie Cyr.

"We wanted to ensure the broadest and fairest distribution," he said.

"The feedback from our fans last year, even though most didn't get the number of tickets that they wanted, was overwhelmingly that we had done the best job under the difficult circumstances to make it fair to everyone."

Cyr said for every game, 600 tickets will be available through www.calgaryflames.com, 500 tickets will be sold through a random draw at Calgary and area Sport Chek outlets, and 200 will be up for grabs through random draws at Calgary Co-op stores.

Registration for all draws is on now.

Like last year, the registration for the draws won't work on a first-come, first-served basis, said Cyr.

Fans can sign up through the team's website at any time and will be contacted if their names are chosen during the draw, said Cyr, but the registration will close 48 hours before every game.

"When we weighed the pros and cons of all issues, as much as there may be a romance to have people lined up at a window ... not everybody can line up overnight," said Cyr.

"And the romance of it really dissipates at two in the morning."

Winners of the lotteries are entitled to just two tickets per game.

Sport Chek Zone tickets are $39.99, while tickets purchased through the Flames website will range in price depending on their location.

The price of Co-op tickets has not been determined.

The first game of the series is this Thursday in Detroit, while the first home game is April 17.

But for those fans who don't want to take the chance of ending up without tickets on game day, eBay is already peppered with playoff stubs.

Bids for a pair of tickets to the Flames' second home game are starting at as high as $800.


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