The first Toronto Maple Leafs playoff tickets since 2004 went on sale Thursday, and hooboy did things go well: The Leafs and Ticketmaster sent out a link that had “some inaccuracy in the detail” according to Bob Hunter, executive vice president of MLSE, which left tens of thousands of fans without the ability to purchase tickets online.
Don’t worry, the glitch was fixed roughly 30 minutes later … when all the tickets available were gone. Whoops.
So, many fans will turn to the secondary ticket market to try and land Maple Leafs playoff tickets for the opening round, beginning with Game 3 of their quarterfinal series against an opponent yet to be named but probably the Canadiens.
Ah, yes: Shades of the Meadowlands attendance capacity being 19,040 in New Jersey...
What self-respecting Leafs fan would drop any variation of ‘1967’ for playoff tickets? Unless, of course, it’s to exorcize the demons …
Keep this in mind, via StubHub on its ticket listing practices: "Let us know if you have the tickets in your possession. It's usually OK to list tickets you don't have yet, as long as you're absolutely certain you'll be able to deliver them on the date you tell us."
Maybe someone having a little fun? Or a legit offer? If by chance you're the person selling these tickets hit us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Via Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, a bit more on the Leafs and playoff tickets:
The playoff tickets were a hot topic of conversation in the dressing room before the Leafs faced the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Thursday. Players have clearly been hearing from those who want to watch the games live since they officially clinched a playoff berth last weekend.
“Today a few guys were looking at the prices,” said defenceman Mike Kostka. “I think lower bowl are going for $800 or something like that. I think it just speaks to how crazy it’ll be.”
Asked if he knew anyone that was trying to secure some online, the native of nearby Ajax, Ont., responded: “None of my friends are spending that kind of money on tickets.”
Well, yeah, a 75-percent price hike will certainly keep many Leafs fans at the bars instead. As well as the glitches.