Friday, October 4, 2013

Tickets selling fast, other notes

A few notes and things of interest for a Friday:

* Tickets for the Yale-Quinnipiac game in Hamden sold out even before they were available for the public. Season ticket holders had first crack to purchase extras, and they're all gone. Look for them on secondary markets.

* Quinnipiac says its season ticket holder base is at 1,600 for this season, a jump of about 450 from a year ago. Numbers for Yale were unavailable Friday, but all signs point to increased numbers of season tickets and single-game tickets.

* Quinnipiac's home game against Holy Cross on Oct. 26 (parent's weekend) is also sold out. A few tickets still remain for the home-opener against preseason No. 1 UMass-Lowell on Oct. 19. Games with Harvard (Nov. 15) and Cornell (Feb. 21) are also selling fast.

* Yale will raise its national championship banner on Nov. 1, the home-opener with St. Lawrence. Quinnipiac is also raising banners for its ECAC title and Frozen Four runner-up on Oct. 19 against UMass-Lowell.

* Quinnipiac's new scoreboard won't be running for this Sunday's exhibition against St. Mary's. It will be officially unveiled for the UMass-Lowell game.

* Lots of feedback from the report of Quinnipiac and the MAAC submitting a bid to host the Frozen Four in Orlando for the upcoming four-year bid cycle. Jack McDonald says Orlando is attractive because it's a destination city and the MAAC has a strong relationship with Disney. Why not somewhere closer? Madison Square Garden is simply too expensive; other buildings in the region are tied-in with other schools, McDonald said. The best option, the XL Center, falls just short of the number of seats to reach the NCAA's required $2.5 million guarantee.

* In case you missed it, here's my story on Yale looking ahead to this season on the heels of its title.


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