It was expected that the City of Winnipeg would jump out of their seats to buy up season tickets to their shiny new NHL team, and that's exactly what's happened.
True North Sports and Entertainment, the new owners of the Atlanta Thrashers, haven't even opened sales up to the general public yet, and as of 4:30 p.m. local time on Friday, they had sold 7,158 season ticket packages. The presale, open since Wednesday, was open to corporate sponsors and former season ticket holders of the AHL's Manitoba Moose.
On Saturday at 12 p.m. local time, the general public will have their opportunity to purchase tickets, with roughly 55 percent of the 13,000 available already gone. 5,842 remain, and it wouldn't be shocking to see those tickets sold by Monday morning. Hell, they might be gone by Saturday night.
The goal of 13,000 has been created to give the new ownership a stronger case when the NHL's Board of Governors votes to approve or disapprove the relocation bid. There's not a soul in the world that thinks they'll vote against it.