Oilers season tickets all gone
Team announces 15,000 spots have sold out
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Rogers Place will be packed with hockey fans for the next 41 Edmonton Oilers home games.
The Oilers announced Monday that all of the team's 15,000 season tickets have sold out for the 2016-17 NHL season.
“Our fans continue to lead the professional sports world in passion for their team,” Oilers chief commercial officer Stew MacDonald said in a statement. “It appears likely their history of selling out every Oilers home game for over a decade will continue when we move to our new home, Rogers Place, this fall.”
Season Seat Registry members got first crack at the final 1,000 season tickets that were recently released, and bought up all of them.
An additional 2,000 Oilers fans are waiting on the registry, and interested fans can still sign up to be put on the list for future openings on the team's website.
The enthusiasm to watch games in the brand new downtown arena, set to open in September, comes despite the Oilers’ dismal track record in recent years.
The club has missed the playoffs for ten straight seasons, tying the Florida Panthers for an NHL record. In 2015-16, the Oilers finished last place in their conference and second last in the entire league.
Season ticket holders have said their prices went up about 30 per cent for the first season at Rogers Place, in some cases for less desirable seating, after already increasing in cost each of the past two years.
The team has also sold out its suites, theatre boxes, Loge Tables and Loge Ledge seating for 2016-17, and will continue to offer mini packs and individual game tickets. Details on those tickets will be released in the coming weeks.
The building’s full capacity for hockey games is 18,641.