Hockey Student Ticket Sale Finishes Early Due To Overwhelming Demand
Men’s hockey student season tickets went on sale this morning for the inaugural season at Pegula Ice Arena, but that sale didn’t last long. Due to a long line and an insufficient number of ticket salespeople, the sale was stopped early by Penn State personnel.
“Because of the overwhelming support and the length of the line, we realized we wouldn’t be able to get everyone through in a timely fashion,” said Assistant Athletics Communications Director Matt Caracappa. “We stopped the sale at around 200 tickets sold and wrote numbers on index cards and handed them out to everyone on line.”
Caracappa estimated that it would have taken five or six hours to get through the entire line, which would have forced many students to skip class.
They asked the students to provide their name, number, and e-mail address. Caracappa said that they will reach out to the students to let them know when they can purchase their tickets. He said that they are aiming for tomorrow, but it may take an extra day to sort through all the information, so Thursday is your best bet if you received an index card this morning.
“I think it was just a perfect storm,” Caracappa aded. “We only had two people selling tickets and just the sheer amount of people — at 10 a.m. we probably had 800 people on line. Maybe it was a little underestimating on our part. Obviously the team was blown away by the support by the student body.”
It is surprising that the team had just two people selling tickets for such a highly anticipated men’s hockey season. Not only are they moving into an amazing new arena, but it’s also the inaugural season of Big Ten hockey.
Some students reported waiting in line nearly three hours to purchase their tickets:
— Tyler Betteridge (@BigBetts56) September 10, 2013
The Penn State men’s hockey team’s Twitter account announced plans for a wait list if some of the sales fall through:
If you couldn’t make it out but want to be put on the student tix wait list, email [email protected] w/ your name, # and PSU ID.
— Penn State M Hockey (@PennStateMHKY) September 10, 2013
Those that e-mail their information will be placed on the list after those who received index cards earlier today when the sale was stopped short.