NLL tickets a hot item as Georgia comes to Saskatoon

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    NLL tickets a hot item as Georgia comes to Saskatoon


    StarPhoenix Sports Editor Kevin MitchellKEVIN MITCHELL, SASKATOON STARPHOENIX


    Published on: March 11, 2016 | Last Updated: March 11, 2016 10:24 AM CST


    The Saskatchewan Rush have inserted the word “sellout” into their daily conversation as Saturday’s game with the Georgia Swarm moves closer.


    Rush president Lee Genier projects tickets sales of 13,000 to 14,000 for the National Lacrosse League match, but he won’t rule out the possibility of a complete sellout at 15,000.


    “We are on fire,” Genier said Thursday afternoon — and he’s not just talking about ticket sales.


    There’s the matter of jerseys and merchandise, too.


    “We are No. 1 in the league, by a long-shot,” said Genier, whose team moved from Edmonton to Saskatoon during the off-season. “When I was talking to Projoy and I told them how many jerseys I wanted to order for the beginning of the season, they cautioned me — they said Buffalo’s the No. 1 seller, and they don’t recommend we order more than 1,000. We’ve ordered three times that amount, and we’re going to have to put in another order. It’s great to prove them wrong, let’s put it that way.”


    Areas of SaskTel Centre previously closed off to ticket sales have now been opened as sales surge. A bus is coming on from Estevan, and another from Winnipeg, and Genier says tickets have been sold to fans in places as far-flung as Moose Jaw, Regina, Swift Current, Prince Albert and Lloydminster.


    The game with Georgia is the first home game the Rush have played on a Saturday after a long run of Friday home dates. That, says Genier, is a key reason for the ticket rush. Saskatchewan’s last home date, a 19-18 loss to Buffalo, drew 10,433 on a Friday night.


    “It gives people the entire day to drive,” Genier said. “The mentality is come on down — like when the Riders have a Saturday-night game, everybody goes and spends the night, and that’s what we’re anticipating here, as well.”


    The Rush are 5-3, leaving them two games behind 8-2 Colorado in the NLL’s West Division. Georgia enters with a 4-5 record, including a 16-15 loss to New England their last time out.


    Saturday’s game time is 7:30 p.m.
     

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