Western Hockey League Champion Brandon Wheat Kings learned that they would have access to only eighty ticket packages
Brandon, MB. – Western Manitoba hockey fans hoping to land tickets to the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Red Deer are being cautioned about the limited availability for the 10-day tournament.
The Memorial Cup, which gets underway Friday night with the Host Red Deer Rebels taking on the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights, is virtually sold out and this past weekend, the Western Hockey League Champion Brandon Wheat Kings learned that they would have access to only eighty ticket packages.
Those ticket packages will be distributed by players’ families, scouts, coaches and staff, which means local hockey fans will not have the opportunity to purchase tickets through the hockey club.
Instead, hockey fans hoping to make the trip to Alberta are being encouraged to check the secondary ticket market, such as Kijiji and Stubhub Canada. As well, single game tickets for some of next week’s games are available online at http://www.ticketmaster.ca/Mastercard-Memorial-Cup-tickets/artist/1091127?tm_link=edp_Artist_Name
Single game tickets range in price from $60-$75 plus agency fees.
“The support from our fans through these playoffs has been overwhelming, they are part of the reason we won the WHL Championship,” says Brandon coach and general manager Kelly McCrimmon. “Unfortunately we hope you understand ticket availability is out of our hands.”
“We are hopeful that our fans may secure tickets, however, our allocation needs to be distributed to players’ families, scouts and staff,” added McCrimmon, who returned with the club to a special Homecoming that attracted well over 1,200 fans to the Keystone Centre on Saturday night.
The Wheat Kings, who defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 8-4 Friday night to clinch their third Championship Title, will open up the 4-team round robin tournament on Saturday against the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.