BOSTON — The days of giving away tickets to a Bruins game at TD Garden are over.
Earlier today, the team announced that it had sold out its entire 2011-12 season ticket packages in the Loge and Balcony and the launch of the wait list for season tickets for fans — a $100 deposit — on the official website. Members of the wait list will get benefits according to Amy Latimer, the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing of the Bruins.“We have reached our capacity for season tickets in the Loge and Balcony, which is about 12,000 seats,” she said, “and we started a wait list to take into order people who are interested in season tickets, which is $100 per seat. The benefits throughout the year is they will get additional offers on tickets, Garden events, and they will have the season ticket representative that will work with them based on their preference location, price range and others.”
As of 4:30 p.m., 111 members have created an account to be put on the waiting list. That number is expected to grow in the coming days, and could see a huge spike if the Black and Gold can finish off the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series tonight at the Garden.
“We have 111 accounts right now that are on board so far,” Latimer said. “Its 111 accounts so seat wise its about 250 seats. Since I’m here we are announcing it and I’m sure there will be more that come on.
For while the aren’t any season tickets available, the team will still sell its popular packages, like mini-plans, next season
“We’re still going mini plans and individual tickets available,” Latimer said. “But people who want tickets for the whole year now have an understanding on where they fall in the pecking order.”
With the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics dominating the Boston sports scene in the last decade, the Bruins were an afterthought in many Beantown fans’ minds. Recently, however, the local TV ratings from Game 3 of Bruins-Flyers Wednesday night on Versus (11.76 rating) outdrew Game 2 of the Celtics-Heat Eastern Conference semifinals on TNT (11.1).
Now that the popularity is at the highest since the days of Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito and comapny, many have jumped on the bandwagon and have been the talk of the town. And the demands are only going to get higher.
“I think its great,” Latimer said on the accomplishment. “I think it shows that the demand of our season tickets; it gives people an opportunity so they aren’t wondering what’s going on in the future on how to get season tickets.”