The Chicago Blackhawks National Hockey League (NHL) franchise has nearly doubled its season ticket sales ahead of the start of the regular season.
According to a report from ESPN, the Blackhawks sold $5.2m (£4.3m/€5m) in new season-ticket packages within 12 hours, in part thanks to the arrival of Canadian rookie Connor Bedard. The 18-year-old was the first overall pick in the 2023 draft, and is reportedly regarded as an exciting prospect.
The Blackhawks not only doubled full season ticket packages, but also partial season ticket offerings for the 2023-24 season. The franchise has projected a 10% overall increase in tickets sold for this season, with at least five sellouts.
Last season, the Blackhawks averaged 17,167 tickets distributed across 41 home games at United Center (pictured).
The NHL season will begin on October 10 and will run until April 18, with the Stanley Cup play-offs due to follow. The Stanley Cup Finals will then be held in June.