It’s the hottest ticket in town–the Detroit Red Wings facing off against the Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues in a preseason game at the Calumet Colosseum.
Calumet won the honor to host the game on September 26th as part of the Kraft Hockeyville USA contest.
Because demand for the tickets far exceeds the capacity for the arena, a lottery system is being developed to distribute the tickets.
The Colosseum’s John Carroll says he started getting requests for tickets immediately after the announcement that Calumet would host the game.
“It’s a very difficult situation and people need to understand we would love to have everyone who wants to be there, be there in the building. It is simply impossible,” said Carroll.
The tickets will be distributed for free and there will be additional drawings for the morning skates.
With the game just over two months away, there is still a lot that needs to be done before people can enter their names into the lottery.
“There are a lot of parties involved—the National Hockey League, the Players Association, NBC, Kraft-Heinz, there a couple of marketing companies involved—it gets complicated, and media as well. We’ve been told to expect a lot of media requests,” said Carroll.
In the meantime, preparations are underway to get the Colosseum ready to host what may arguably be the largest event ever at the world’s oldest still-in-use indoor hockey arena.