Rangers fans are used to seeing shutouts, but aren’t used to being shut out of buildings.
That’s exactly what the Hurricanes are doing prior to Wednesday night’s Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal opener against New York: The team’s website is limiting ticket sales to only those who live in North and South Carolina and southern Virginia.
That means, of course, Rangers fans looking to travel to PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., for Games 1, 2, 6 or 7 won’t find it easy to buy tickets through official means.
To better serve Carolina Hurricanes fans, a restricted sales area has been implemented for this Hurricanes game. PNC Arena is located in Raleigh, NC. Sales to this event will be restricted to residents of North Carolina, South Carolina and Southern Virginia. Residency will be based on credit card billing address. Orders by residents outside of the geo-limited area will be canceled without notice and refunds given. Please adhere to the published ticket limits. If you exceed the ticket limit, you may have any or all of your orders and tickets canceled without notice.
This isn’t a new tactic for teams: The approach is akin to what the Rams implemented for the NFC Championship Game, when Los Angeles attempted to limit 49ers fans in SoFi Stadium, where away fans typically hold a large presence for Rams home games.
Ample tickets remain for Game 1 of the series, set for puck drop on Wednesday, through the official first-party sites. ‘Canes fans should probably get in on the action before the tickets hit the secondary market.