After months of speculation, the Seattle ownership group officially filed for an NHL expansion team in early February. Thursday, the would-be 32nd NHL franchise held a season-ticket drive to gauge interest.
The interest is definitely there.
That’s how long it took to hit our goal of 10,000 deposits.
We’re now at 25,000 and counting.
Thank you, Seattle.#NHLSeattle
— NHL Seattle (@NHLSeattle_) March 1, 2018
The team hit the goal of 10,000 deposits in a record-setting 12 minutes. All together, over 25,000 deposits were placed during the Thursday ticket event. It now seems more likely than not that Seattle will be getting a professional hockey team.
A season-ticket holder drive is a required step by the NHL as part of the expansion process. Fans could put down a deposit of either $1,000 per ticket (for seats in the lower center ice level) or $500 per ticket (for general season tickets.)
Though the venue only seats 17,459 pre-renovations, the owners will keep the ticket link open until the end of Friday. Interested fans will hear in May with more information about seats and pricing after a computerized seating chart is created. Though ticket pricing is unknown, the owners have said it will be competitive to the rest of the league.
“I think the NHL is surprised, very pleasantly surprised,” Leiweke said to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times. “And so I think they’re very happy. We still have work to do. But I think it sends a great message to the league and it’s what we’ve been telling them about Seattle. So, I think this is a great day for the league.”
In contrast, 10,000 commitments took the Vegas Golden Knights six weeks to reach.
Earlier this week, Gary Bettman said the NHL will not change the expansion draft process and Seattle will follow the same rules the Golden Knights had.
Bettman says if Seattle gets a team the expansion draft process would be the same as it was for Vegas.
— Farhan Lalji (@FarhanLaljiTSN) February 28, 2018
To celebrate, a NHL flag with the year “2020” was flown from the Space Needle.
With the Seattle season ticket drive starting today… Doesn't it make more sense to start the drive on 3/2? 🤔 Some may get it others won't 🤭@NHL
— Daniel Winnik (@Danwinnik34) March 1, 2018
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