Less than twelve hours after the Sharks concluded their 2005-06 regular season, Sharks playoff mania has officially begun!
Thousands of Sharks fans throughout the Bay Area dialed into Ticketmaster phone lines and logged onto ticketmaster.com in hopes of purchasing tickets to home games “A” and “B” of the Sharks first round playoff series presented by Intersil vs. the Nashville Predators. Dates and times for the games will be announced later today.
Approximately 1,200 tickets for each game went on sale at 10 a.m. A wristband system was utilized at all Ticketmaster ticket centers to ensure that a fair and random system was in place for all fans to buy tickets. Tickets for both games were officially sold out at 10:13 a.m.
In addition, hundreds of Sharks fans turned out in front of HP Pavilion in hopes of buying tickets in person at the HP Pavilion ticket office. In total 386 wristbands were handed out to fans at HP Pavilion for the morning on-sale which included an appearance by Sharks loveable mascot S.J. Sharkie, a Sharks merchandise booth which gave fans an opportunity to buy playoff merchandise and the Sharks promotional Zamboni which allowed to pose for pictures on the life-sized ice machine.
The luckiest Sharks fan of the morning turned out to Ed Emling of Los Altos Hills who was randomly selected to be the first fan in line to buy Sharks tickets at HP Pavilion. Emling, a long-time Sharks fan, arrived at HP Pavilion at 8:30 a.m. and received one wristband. Fortunately for Emling, the first number randomly selected at 9:30 a.m. was #1239 which matched the number on his wrist.
In total, 31 Sharks fans walked away from the Tank with playoff tickets in hand.