Tickets for this season’s National Hockey League outdoor Winter Classic between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers already are for sale online, even before the league announced the game’s location or participants.
At least 31 tickets and one luxury suite are available for purchase on the resale website TicketCenterOnline.com for a Jan. 2 game between the Rangers and Flyers at Citizens Bank Park, the home of Major League Baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies. The NHL, which hasn’t released any details about the game, said yesterday on its website that it would host a “major press event” on Sept. 26 at the ballpark.
NHL spokesman Jamey Horan said in an e-mail that no one had tickets to the Winter Classic because the league hadn’t announced the details of the game. He didn’t respond to questions regarding those details.
“There are no tickets on sale at this time,” Horan said. “Once we make the announcement, we will release pertinent information on the correct way to acquire. Any other advertisement is incorrect.”
Viveca Woods, a spokeswoman for TicketNetwork, which supplies the website, said today in an e-mail that any tickets offered by the company are verified before they go on sale.
“Tickets that are listed on TicketNetwork’s ticket exchange/marketplace are obtained in advance by professional ticket brokers through: fan clubs, VIP persons, credit-card promotions, and friends of the team, prior to when the public can buy tickets at the box office,” Woods said.
Woods added that the seats can also come from season-ticket holders, and that the company offers a 125 percent guarantee with every sale.
The most expensive tickets available on TicketCenterOnline.com are $1,455, with the cheapest priced at $508 per seat. The luxury box, which includes 16 tickets and three parking passes, is being offered at $53,253.
This is the fifth consecutive year that the NHL will hold an outdoor game around the new year. The Jan. 1, 2011, game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals was the most-watched regular-season NHL game since 1975.