As I expected, the AMP NHL Winter Classic between the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins on New Year's Day is sold out. The Sabres official site posted an announcement on the outdoor game tickets being snapped up within one hour. In just the first 30 minutes alone, roughly 41,000 tickets were purchased.
Wow, was that fast. If you didn't act on getting tickets this morning, you're out of luck. You can always try ticket brokers, Stub Hub or eBay if you're lucky to land any available seat. Fans were already lining up outside the HSBC Arena box office in downtown Buffalo last night as WKBW-TV's John Borsa uncovered in a live report.
The National Hockey League's intentions are loud and clear. They wanted to have the right city be the first to host an outdoor game in the United States, have the right teams to take part and draw the largest television American audience ever to see an NHL game. The first two goals should be met with ease, but the third will still be a challenge. If the suits in New York are smart enough, they should be paying for an onslaught of promo spots on local television and sports network commercial breaks to advertise the event.