With every story about the NHL seemingly existing only to make fun of it, here's a good one: The Sabres-Penguins game, scheduled for New Years Day at Ralph Wilson Stadium, sold 42,000 tickets in 25 minutes. We might question the wisdom of having a huge event like that on a day dominated by college football, but whatever: That's pretty impressive. (And it doesn't even count season ticket holders, of which there are 30,000.)
You know it's a good sign when they play a hockey game and people are pissed they didn't get tickets. Pittsburgh fans and Bills fans are angry because ticket priority was given, strangely, to Toronto Blue Jays season ticket holders over them. We don't understand that either, but, jeez, 72,000 people to see a hockey game on New Years Day? We would not have expected that.
The Winter Classic - 42,000 Tickets Sold in 25 Minutes [Buffalo Sabres TV Ratings]
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