Stanley Cup playoffs: Ducks still have ducats left for first two games
While Anaheim officials try to lure the Maloofs, Ducks fans have been a bit aloof.
The Maloof family, owners of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, are considering relocating to Anaheim. Ducks fans aren't a selling point at the moment. The team has not sold out its first two games of its Stanley Cup playoff series against the Nashville Predators, which starts tonight.
The belief that the Ducks would open on the road may have slowed sales. Team officials said sales picked up on Monday, after the series was announced. But the Ducks had only five sellouts this season, three in games against the Kings.
“Our staff has done an excellent job in the last 96 hours,” said Tim Ryan, the team's chief operating officer. “We are currently at 95% capacity, and depending on our walk-up this evening, we have a legitimate shot at a sellout.”
Part of that sellout will be freebies. A radio station handed out a pair of tickets to the first 100 cars with a Ducks sticker in the Honda Center parking lot Wednesday morning.
But who were those fans loyal to? It was a country western radio station and the Ducks do play Nashville.
Photo: Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks set for a face off at Honda Center on April 8, 2011 in Anaheim, CA. The Ducks won 2-1 to clinch a berth in the playoffs. Credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images