Tickets to Vancouver Canucks pre-season game in Victoria sell out in minutes

WatchIt's not often you can watch an NHL game here on the island so when tickets went on sale this morning for the Canucks pre-season game against the Calgary flames in September many people were eager to get a hold of some. The problem is, that quickly turned to disappointment for many. Luisa Alvarez reports

Fans lined up early Wednesday morning for a shot at pre-season tickets to the upcoming Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames game at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, but most left disappointed as tickets seemingly sold out within minutes of going on sale.

All seats for the Sept. 16 game were apparently gone minutes after 10 a.m. Tickets ranged from around $44 to $63.

One disappointed fan was Saanich Coun. Colin Plant, who tweeted from his personal account “Tried to get Canucks pre-season tickets but were gone by 10:02. Anyone get any? #yyj

There were three ways to get tickets early: be a Victoria Royals season ticket or ticket package holder, be a Vancouver Canucks season ticket holder or have a promo code for presale through the Canucks mailing list.

But of the 706 seats at the area, the amount of tickets sold in the presale has not been released.

An advertisement for at least one pair of tickets has already appeared online at Craiglist, with a listed price of $500.

Screenshot of the ad from Craigslist

One ticker resellers says legislation is the only way to make it fair for everyone.

“It’s going to continue to get worse until they impose legislation. We need transparency,” Kingsley Bailey from Vancouver Ticket and Tour Service said.

The pre-season game is following the training camp at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre between Sept. 13-15.

The public can attend those practices for a $5 fee, with proceeds going to charity.

The Canucks have been to the capital once before in 2007 for an exhibition game.

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