Tickets for Friday night’s men’s hockey game at the Verizon Center between the Minnesota State and Minnesota have been selling fast.
As of Thursday morning, according to a Ticketmaster search, less than 100 actual seats were still available for the game, the first of a home-and-home series. Standing-room-only tickets are also available.
“The atmosphere, it’s always a lot more fun to play with a lot more people in the stands,” Mavericks co-captain C.J. Franklin said. “It’s just that little extra push that we might need in the third period or something to get us going. So it’s always nice to have some extra fans in the seats.”
The Verizon Center seats 4,832 for hockey, but, with standing room, the record attendance is 5,446, set Feb. 28, 2015 for a game against Michigan Tech. The Mavericks have been averaging 3,819 fans per game in eight home games this season.
On its Twitter feed, Minnesota State athletics said that students lined up on campus beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday to get their allotment of tickets. Those were all gobbled up by noon.
“I heard about that,” Franklin said. “I heard (the line) was out to the gym. Expecting a good crowd from the students here, and hopefully they can bring some energy along with it.”
The second game of the series will be played at 8 p.m. at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis.