Winnipeg NHL Fans Purchase 1,870 Season Tickets On Day 1 Of Presale

Fans of the new NHL team in Winnipeg, the relocated Atlanta Thrashers, purchased 1,870 tickets as of 4:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday, according to True North's driveto13.com Web site.

Tickets were made available beginning at 12 p.m. local time on Wednesday to a select group of current Manitoba Moose season ticket holders. Between the start of the pre-sale and Noon local time on Saturday, Moose season ticket holders will all get their chance to grab tickets before they go on sale to the general public. 

True North has placed the 7,000 or so Moose ticket holders in eight groups, and two of those groups had the initial opportunity to buy tickets on Wednesday. That's about one-fourth of the 7,000, meaning that just about everybody who had the opportunity on Wednesday bought a ticket. The numbers skew when you consider some bought more than one, up to an allowed maximum of four, but it averages out to an impressive number.

It's very possible that there are only 5,000 or so season tickets available come Saturday when the general public has the chance to claim them. True North is giving an update each day at 5:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. local time on the progress of ticket sales, so we'll know exactly where they stand in terms of their 13,000 ticket goal.

After Day 1, it's hard to see them not reaching it. 

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