Fans Flock to Fang Fair
Nashville, Tenn. (September 10, 2005) ” The Nashville Predators sold over 9,200 single-game tickets for the 2005-06 NHL season on Saturday, the club's highest-ever single-day tally, thanks in part to the 2005 Fang Fair at the Gaylord Entertainment Center. After the box office closed on Saturday, less than 1,000 seats remained for the Predators' regular-season opener against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday, October 5.
"The fact that we set a single-day ticket sales record and are close to selling out our home opener is a tribute to hockey fans in and around Nashville," said Steve Violetta, the Predators' executive vice president of business affairs. "It is just the latest example of the pent-up demand for Predators hockey in this market, and the expectations that our fans have that this will be a special season."
A limited number of tickets for opening night are being held for future season-ticket sales. The only way for fans to guarantee tickets for the October 5 opener is to purchase a season-ticket plan. Eleven-game plans (which include tickets to opening night) start as low as $100.
Approximately 3,000 fans came down to Saturday's Fang Fair. The event featured a number of interactive attractions, including autograph signings with Predators Paul Kariya and Dan Hamhuis, a question-and-answer session with the Predators' coaching staff and appearances by GNASH and the Puck Patrol. Hockey fans had the chance to tour the Predators' dressing room, shoot the puck on the GEC ice and listen to live music. Fans who purchased tickets when the doors opened were met at the box office by Predators Adam Hall, Darcy Hordichuk and Jordin Tootoo as well as team broadcasters Pete Weber and Terry Crisp.
Predators individual game ticket prices range from $10-$69. They may be purchased at the Gaylord Entertainment Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, which include Kroger, Tower Records and Hecht's, or by calling (615) 770-PUCK. Tickets may also be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com. A service and handling charge applies to all tickets purchased through Ticketmaster, except for tickets purchased at the GEC box office.
The Predators' 2005-06 season features a number of different ticket specials including, new weekday pricing for individual game purchases as well as the creation of a Family Zone. Prices in October and November will be $5-$10 lower for weekday games than for weekend dates. The Family Zone, located in Sections 320-322, will feature $15 seats available on an individual game basis.