Hurricanes restrict ticket sales to local fans for Rangers playoff series

The Carolina Hurricanes want to maintain their home advantage – once again.

According to a disclaimer from Ticketmaster, ticket sales for Carolina's home games in the second-round series against the New York Rangers are limited to fans in North Carolina, South Carolina and select parts of Virginia. It is a repeat of the 2022 series between the teams, when fans outside these regions received a similar notice. The Rangers won that series in seven games.

Fans from outside of these areas will likely have to resort to the secondary market for tickets as they will be faced with this disclaimer on Ticketmaster: “PNC Arena is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Sales for this event are limited to residents of North Carolina, South Carolina and southern portions of Virginia. The place of residence depends on the billing address of the credit card. Orders from residents outside of North Carolina, South Carolina and southern Virginia will be canceled without notice and a refund will be issued.”

“Our focus is on creating the best atmosphere for our fans at PNC Arena, and we believe this policy will help us achieve that goal.” “We have been geographically restricting playoff ticket sales for several years, and this is not uncommon in the NHL (or other professional sports),” the Hurricanes said in a statement.

As of Thursday, there were no ticket restrictions at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers' home arena in New York City. As the higher seed, the Rangers will host Games 1 and 2, as well as 5 and 7 if necessary.

Carolina's substitution is not an uncommon practice for NHL teams. The Nashville Predators, who host the Vancouver Canucks on Friday in Game 6 of a first-round series, are limiting home ticket sales to fans in the Nashville television area, including customers in southern U.S. states such as Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. Last season, the Florida Panthers restricted ticket sales to U.S. residents for 24 hours before their second-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Buffalo Sabers limited ticket sales to New York state residents for select regular-season games, and the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators have also implemented geographic restrictions on tickets in the past.

In the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers took a different approach after New York Knicks fans made their presence felt during their first-round series. Sixers owner and Fanatics CEO Michael Rubin are purchasing and distributing 2,000 tickets to first responders, medical professionals and other Philadelphia-based organizations.

(Top photo: Josh Lavallee / NHLI via Getty Images)

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