If there’s one thing you can say about North Dakota hockey fans, they’re passionate. That passion makes UND’s among the best, if not the best traveling fan base in all of college hockey.
That has occasionally made their away games seem a lot more like home.
With that in mind, the University of Denver unveiled a new ticket plan for its series with North Dakota, as Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald writes:
When single-game tickets go on sale Friday morning for UND’s road series at Denver, the Pioneers will require that fans buy tickets to two other selected Pioneer games if they want to go to a UND-DU game. The website doesn’t currently list which other games will be part of the three-game pack, but it won’t be a second UND-DU game.
For fans who don’t want to purchase sets of three, there are two other options.
The first is getting them through the UND Alumni Association, which has a number of tickets for that series.
The other option is for fans would to get group tickets, which can be purchased by groups of 20 or more.
So if UND fans want to go to this game, there’s a chance it could cost a heck of a lot more than it did to go to the same series last year.
That brought some reaction from the North Dakota twitter feed, taking a swipe at rival Minnesota along the way.
Minnesota doesn't want our team in their arena. Now DU doesn't want our fans in their arena. Did you guys not get hugged enough as children?—
North Dakota MHockey (@UNDMHockey) September 04, 2013
COLLEGE HOCKEY FIGHT!
If you don’t get the Minnesota dig, it’s because the two longtime rivals won’t be playing this year in the first season after realignment.
This ticket plan from Denver, which in the end could be smart business if UND fans bite, is similar to plans by the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues hoping to keep Chicago Blackhawks fans out of the building as well.
There’s nothing wrong with trying to swing home ice advantage back for the home team, but if those seats remain empty, it’s bad for business. We’ll see if it pays off for the Pioneers in the end.
That ticket plans are coming out now also is a sign of where we are in the offseason. The first non-exhibition games in college hockey drop the puck in about one month.