SAN JOSE – Approximately 1,000 Individual Sharks tickets to both games “A” and “B” of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs went on sale this morning at 10 a.m. at HP Pavilion at San Jose and in typical fashion, Sharks fans showed up en masse proving once again that the “Shark Tank” is indeed the cornerstone of Sharks Playoff Territory.
Fans lined-up outside HP Pavilion as early as 7:15 a.m. to get a pre-numbered wristband which determined the order that fans were able to purchase tickets. Due to overwhelming demand, HP Pavilion uses the wrist banding system for all Sharks playoff on-sales to ensure that all fans have a fair opportunity to purchase tickets. Numbered wristbands were given out until 9 a.m. and in that time more than 140 wristbands were distributed.
At 9:30 a.m. the crowd assembled in front of the ticket windows in eager anticipation of finding out who would be first in line. That lucky honor belonged to the fan wearing lucky wristband #24 who turned out to be Hugo Hernandez of San Jose. But at 9:30 a.m., when the fans were lined up in sequential order by wristband number, Hernandez was nowhere to be found.
That made lucky David Steininger of Santa Clara the temporary leader of the pack. Steininger, a SharkPak holder who sits in section 218 was looking to buy a pair of tickets to game “A” to along with the pair of tickets he already has for game “B.” When asked which opponent he hoped the Sharks would play in Round 1, Steininger responded with a grin, “It doesn’t matter to me…as long as it’s not Dallas nor Anaheim.”
But at 9:40 a.m., Hernandez arrived on the scene to claim his position in the front of line pushing Steininger back to second in line. Hernandez, who had to pull a shift change at work to be at HP Pavilion for the ticket on-sale, attends 5-6 Sharks games per season but is not a season ticket holder. When asked which opponent he would prefer the Sharks to play in Round 1, Hernandez quickly replied, “It doesn’t matter…we’re going to beat them all!”
Tickets went on sale promptly at 10 a.m. not only at HP Pavilion but throughout the Bay Area via ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster phone lines. All tickets for games “A” and “B” were sold out by 10:16 a.m. During that time 57 fans at HP Pavilion made it to the ticket window, but not all walked away happy.
Unlucky fan George Montoya of Tracy, CA woke-up very early and drove to HP Pavilion for the ticket on-sale and with wristband #91 was at the ticket window when tickets officially sold out. Unfortunately, George walked away empty-handed…for now.
Additional tickets may be released for first-round playoff games in coming days. Check back to sjsharks.com for information about upcoming ticket releases. Fans may also guarantee themselves playoff tickets for this year by placing a non-refundable deposit on full season tickets and SharkPaks for next season. For more information call (408) 999-5757.