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Panthers vs Kings in Quebec City: tickets aren’t flying out like hotcakes

I don’t know if you’ve seen the news, but the Kings will be in Quebec City in October for two preparatory games…

And the provincial government will be pulling between $5 and $7 million out of its coffers to cover the California organization’s expenses.

Of course you saw it go by, I was denying it…

The announcement was made nearly a month ago, and tickets for these two games have been on sale for three weeks. How are sales going? Let’s just say it got off to a slow start

And as of today, the game against the Bruins (October 3) is more “popular” than the one against the Panthers (October 5). The Bruins have always had a good fan base in the Quebec City area, and the Panthers may be the team of Quebec snowbirds, but they’re not that big in Quebec.

In short, for the game against the Bruins, I’d be tempted to say that about 50% of the 18,259 tickets were sold. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, see for yourself:

(Credit: Ticketmaster)

On the other hand, the Panthers clearly don’texcite hockey fans in the Capitale-Nationale. By the looks of it, only between 2,500 and 3,000 tickets have been sold so far.

(Credit: Ticketmaster)

But since the various resale sites are overflowing with tickets on their sites

And that some even dare to text our MPs to offer them tickets at 15% off, I wonder how many real fans have planned to attend the match – preparatory, let’s remember – on October 5, 2024 at the Centre Vidéotron. Let’s just say that the “Kings in Quebec City” fur craze is a little less intense than that surrounding Taylor Swift and her shows…

Tickets start at $75 on Ticketmaster, with the most expensive going for $140. Is that too much for pre-season hockey (subsidized by our provincial government, no less)?

Or is it just too early to make a proper assessment? There are still 10 months to go before the two events, which should allow many more tickets to be sold – or donated.

But if the Centre Vidéotron isn’t filled to capacity, the message Éric Girard and François Legault want to send to Gary Bettman and his gang may not be the one they originally intended.

Bettman has trouble pronouncing Quebec City’s name when he dares to talk about expansion; a 25%-filled amphitheatre would prove him right.

Will the people of Quebec City embrace the CAQ government’s project?

More importantly, how much will fans be charged if they want a visit from mascot Bailey?

In bursts

– The question arises.

– Game postponed in the QMJHL.

– An issue to keep an eye on.

– Good answer.

– The file is progressing rapidly.

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