Ryan Lovett wasn’t taking any chances.
The diehard Halifax Mooseheads fan arrived at the Metro Centre box office Tuesday at 1 a.m. to make sure he got tickets for Games 1 and 2 of the QMJHL final against the Baie-Comeau Drakkar.
And sure enough, when the box office opened nine hours later, he left proudly with upper bowl seats to both games.
“All the other rounds I was here between 4:30 and 5 a.m. I knew this time it was going to be crazy,” he smiled, as a 100 or so people remained waiting in line behind him. “I just knew it was going to be crazy.”
What maybe even crazier is Lovett wasn’t even the first in line.
That honour belonged to Ron Hache of Halifax, who arrived at 12:30 a.m.
“My brothers are coming into town and it’s on my shoulders to get the good tickets,” he said.
“It was long night, but it was fun though,” he added. “Met some nice people.”
There were 5,000 tickets available to the general public for each of the two games, and both games soldout in 20 minutes.
The capacity crowds will be the second and third of the playoffs. Halifax also had a full house of 10,595 fans for Game of its third-round series against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
When taking into account these two upcoming sellouts, Halifax is averaging 10,091 fans per game this post season.
As to predictions, the consensus amongst those waiting in line is the Mooseheads will beat the Drakkar, and win the club’s first-ever QMJHL title.
“I’m hoping we can sweep, but you never know,” Lovett said. “We’re facing Baie-Comeau and they’re a strong team. If they can make it this far … you never know.”