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Royal Treatment: After Cup Win, Kings Selling Season Tickets At "Unprecedented" Rate

Kings season tickets will likely be available for up to two more weeks
NHL Kings COO Chris McGowan said that on the heels of winning its first Stanley Cup, the team already has “sold an unprecedented number" of 15,000 season-tickets for the '12-13 season, according to Jill Painter of the L.A. DAILY NEWS. McGowan said, “We’re getting to a point where organizationally, it’s all about managing inventory. We’re getting slim in terms of availability. Season-ticket wise, we’re in a position where we’re going to stop selling season tickets because we’re going to be capped out.” He added that season tickets “likely will be available for up to two more weeks.” Individual tickets “likely will be available sometime in September.” McGowan: “We’re in unchartered waters. If we put tickets on sale, they sell right away. We’ve always done well, but we’ve never had this much demand.” Painter noted the Kings “should sell out the season,” joining '91-92 as the only seasons that has happened in franchise history. The Kings sold 12,000 season tickets last year after losing in the first-round of the playoffs. However, the team wants to “make sure they have some tickets available for those fans who have jumped on the bandwagon.” Demand is “so high, McGowan predicts the Kings will institute a waiting list this season for the first time.” McGowan: “The only other time I’ve seen demand like this was when the Galaxy (another AEG franchise) signed David Beckham. Tickets were selling left and right” (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 7/28).
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