NEWARK, NJ — On the morning of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, Sean Cerise traveled to Newark, NJ, from Long Island at 6 a.m. He didn't have a ticket to the game — at least not yet.
Cerise was one of several Devils fans that waited on line at Prudential Center early Wednesday morning for the chance to purchase face-value tickets to the sold out first game of the Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings. A wristband policy the team uses in the regular season for years carried over to the playoffs: Get in line early, grab one of a limited numbers of wristbands and have the chance to purchases up to two tickets.
"Normally what they do is keep some upper level corners [unsold], and they give out wristbands and you have first priority to those tickets. If everyone with a wristband buys one, they're gone. If there are still some left, they're released to the general public," said Cerise, who last waited out for tickets to be released the night Scott Niedermayer's number was retired.
The tickets are in the upper corner sections of the rink, like up in Section 233.
Their price, for the Devils fans waiting in line? "Hopefully not more than $150," said Mike Stamas of Middletown, NJ, another early riser for tickets. "I don't have a lot of cash on me."
Cerise was informed the wristbands will be distributed around 3:30 p.m. and tickets will be sold for $119.
At 11 a.m., the line was still less than a dozen fans. Did everyone miss the memo? "I don't know. Just didn't do their research," said Stamas.