The New York Rangers put tickets on sale for the next three home games, two against Boston and one versus the Sabres. Guess what? They sold out immediately. The Rangers offered the tickets through a link on their website. You could also go directly through the Ticketmaster website.
Considering that only about 2,000 tickets were available for each game, it is no surprise that hockey starved fans would snap up all available seats. However, a quick check on Stubhub showed a number of tickets for sale at a wide range of prices, some greatly inflated.
If you are thinking of going the Stubhub route, remember that you will have to provide a negative PCT COVID test taken within 72 hours of the day of the game. You will also have to take a health survey through the MSG App and you will have to show a government ID to get into the arena.
The folks at the Garden are trying to make it as easy as possible for fans to get a COVID test so they are working with Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care to help schedule tests for ticketholders. You can access that through the Rangers website.
There will be temperature checks for all fans and entrances will be assigned depending on where your seats are. There will be social distancing in the arena with tickets in pairs and separated by at least six feet.
You will have to wear a mask, but food and beverages will be sold,but must be consumed at your seats. Finally, the Garden will be open 90 minutes before the start of the game to give fans a chance to space out their arrivals and give them enough time to go through the health protocols.
How many games left?
The Rangers played ten of their first 16 games at Madison Square Garden, meaning that there are only 18 home games left this season. There is a chance that New York State may allow more than 10% capacity in the coming months, but there are no guarantees.
On Friday, February 26, for those of use not lucky enough to score or afford tickets, we will hear real live fans at a game for the first time in almost a year. The “Potvin sucks” chant will never sound so sweet.
Updated East Division
Here are the updated standings after all East Division games concluded Saturday night.
Sabres 3, Devils 2
Penguins 3, Islanders 2
- Boston 15 GP 10-3-2 22 points
- Philadelphia 14 GP 8-3-3 19 points
- Washington 16 GP 8-5-3 19 points
- Pittsburgh 16 GP 9-6-1 19 points
- Islanders 17 GP 8-6-3 19 points
- Rangers 16 GP 6-7-3 15 points
- New Jersey 12 GP 6-4-2 14 points
- Buffalo 14 GP 5-7-2 12 points