For the past five years, the Flyers have hosted a special preseason game at the Comcast-Spectacor owned John Labatt Centre in London, ON. But they have never seen a draw like this.
“They were gone within minutes,” said Brian Green, a JLC box office manager. “Six people had to be turned away.”
Out of the 8,000 available seats for the Sept. 17 contest against the Maple Leafs, 4,000 were for sale. And people from the surrounding area lined up by the hundreds to get their hands on them.
London, located about two hours south-west of Toronto, has a hotbed of Leaf and general hockey fans. The town also includes one of the more popular Canadian Junior teams, the London Knights.
“Whenever it’s any Canadian team, tickets do go very quickly,” Green said.
And they said a second team wouldn’t work in Ontario.