Playoff run just the ticket

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:09 AM ET

ANAHEIM -- Getting to the Stanley Cup final is going to pay off next season for Senators owner Eugene Melnyk.

Whether the club wins or loses tonight, Melnyk told CBC news the Senators will play to a full house at Scotiabank Place for all of their 41 homes games during the 2007-08 season.

"We will be sold out every game next year. That's a done deal," said Melnyk in an interview with CBC Ottawa.

Melnyk said the residual effects of getting to the Stanley Cup final against the Ducks have paid huge dividends for the club -- especially with season-ticket sales.

"We're getting to the point where we may have to stop selling (season tickets) soon because we have to save seats for single games," said Melnyk.

Cyril Leeder, the Senators' chief operating officer, said in an e-mail the club has already surpassed the 12,000-mark in season-ticket sales during the playoff run, which is well past the 15-year high of 11,400 in 2000-01.

He expects once the schedule is released and the club attracts new business, Ottawa could surpass the 13,500-mark this summer.

"We sold out 31-of-41 home games this season and operated at 101% capacity," said Leeder. "This our highest level and we expect a further bump when the schedule comes out in July."


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