By Reg Chapman

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – The hunt is on for the hottest ticket in the Twin Cities. Wild Fans are doing what they can to find the best seat at The Xcel Energy Center to watch the Wild take on the Chicago Blackhawks.

It’s the first time the Wild have been in the playoffs in five years and fans are scrambling to find a way to support their team by being at the game Sunday afternoon.

Mike Nowakowski runs Ticket King and says Wild Fans are excited to cheer for their team on home ice.

“The Sunday ticket is by far the hottest of the series so far,” Nowakowski said. “Tickets – we can’t keep them in inventory now.”

Nowakowski’s agents have been busy, answering calls from the thousands trying to get into the X for the big game.

“We haven’t seen this hot of a Wild ticket since 2003 when the Wild went on that crazy playoff run,” he said.

Wild fans want tickets now because future games are not a guarantee. Right now, ticket prices are all over the place.

“I think our least expensive ticket right now is $125, and if you want some fancy seats we have some seats for $275 a ticket right down center ice, a couple of rows up,” he said.

Jerry and John Scholl just arrived from Chicago. They are the first wave of Blackhawk fans expected to file into Minnesota for Sunday’s game.

“We’re sitting center ice, 18th row, dead center ice for $200,” John said.

John bought his tickets online, much like many Wild Fans. If you want to go to Sunday or Tuesday’s game, Nowakowski says using your computer is your best bet.

Some tickets are still available for Sunday’s game, but they are expected to go fast.

In case you can’t get a ticket, there will be a rally outside the Xcel Energy Center as the Wild kickoff the third playoff game. It goes from noon to 2 p.m., and former Wild and North Star players will be on hand.


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