If you were waiting to buy tickets to Saturday's Operation Hat Trick charity game in Atlantic City, you're out of luck. Tickets, which ranged anywhere from $20 to $100 a piece, are sold out for the veritable all-star game, according to Ticketmaster.
Boardwalk Hall has a listed hockey capacity of 10,500 but can fit nearly 12,000 for hockey in different configurations. We asked around to try and nail down exactly how many tickets were available for the game but have been unable to find a definitive answer. The venue is open to a massive stage on the north end, but seating risers will be put up on that end of the rink to cram more people into the venue. It could be the largest hockey crowd in Boardwalk Hall history.
The first 9,000 fans in attendance will receive free rally towels and t-shirts will be available for a $20 donation.
The game will begin around 7 p.m. ET and is expected to last roughly 90 minutes. Teams will wear special Operation Hat Trick jerseys which will be unveiled at a Friday evening press conference at Caesars Atlantic City, and players will visit with Atlantic City firefighters at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
97.3 ESPN will provide a live radio broadcast of the game both over the air in South Jersey and on the Internet. There will be no television coverage. We'll be at the game and will provide as much commentary as we can via Twitter and here on the site with a live chat. We'll also be meeting up with readers after the game, so follow us on Twitter for updates on that.