Ice hockey tickets sold out
Seated tickets to Saturday night's National Ice Hockey League grand final between the Southern Stampede and Canterbury Red Devils sold out within 20 minutes of going on sale last night, leaving many disappointed loyal fans.
Southern Stampede spokesperson Emma Newell said it wasn't just the seated tickets that sold fast: all 500 tickets had sold out by 7.30pm, just 90 minutes after going on sale.
''We've never sold out before a game before,'' Mrs Newell said.
With some fans purchasing up to 30 seated tickets at a time, fans who arrived at 6pm had no option but to purchase standing tickets and those arriving later were lucky to get tickets at all.
Organisers had decided to sell tickets exclusively at the ice rink, meaning those who usually purchased theirs online were unable to do so.
A lot of loyal Stampede fans who attended every home game had been left very disappointed they'd missed out on tickets, she said.
This weekend's final will be the first time the league final has been held in Queenstown. The Southern Stampede hosted its only other home final back in 2005 in Dunedin.
- The Southland Times