Tickets for the AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic featuring the Penguins and Buffalo Sabres in an outdoor game in Orchard Park, N.Y., are no longer available after more than 42,000 tickets sold within 30 minutes this morning, according to Sabres spokesman Michael Gilbert and an NHL statement.
The Buffalo Bills' Ralph Wilson Stadium, site of the Jan. 1 game, will seat a little less than 74,000 for the hockey game, but Gilbert said more than 30,000 seats are on hold for Sabres season ticket holders, Bills club seat members and for the NHL.
Those ticket holders can opt out, but if any of those seats become available for sale, it won't be for some time, Gilbert said.
"Demonstrating once again that our fans are the most passionate in sports, more than 42,000 tickets to the AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic were sold in the first 30 minutes of availability this morning," the NHL statement said. "Due to the overwhelming demand, plus our commitment to Sabres and Penguins season ticket holders, the Buffalo Bills and sponsors of the event, we are currently sold out. If additional tickets become available, we'll release the information at a later date."
Phone lines at the Sabres offices have been jammed all day. Gilbert said he was unaware of complaints by some Penguins fans that tickets were scooped up by scalpers because there was no limit on the number individuals could buy. They were sold online and at the stadium.
A check of online markets eBay and StubHub at mid-day showed dozens of entries for tickets to the game, including one set of four seats listed for $1,799, but at 2 p.m. they were no longer being offered by StubHub.
More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.