September 16, 2017 09:38 PM
Minnesota Wild fans stood in line for several hours on Saturday to purchase the first single game tickets at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Bill Gibbons joined the line more than five hours before the ticket office opened.
"I wanted to see the Pittsburg and Wild game for sure," he said.
Wayne Petersen, the director of community relations and hockey partnerships, said Wild season tickets are sold out and the fan base continues to rise.
"We had a great core group of players last year and we have some new exciting players coming to the team this year," he said. "There is a lot of excitement and optimism for the upcoming season."
This year, the Minnesota Wild began a new campaign initiative called, "This is Our Ice." The team is the first to spearhead such an event, which is supported by the National Hockey League.
According to Wayne Petersen, the team is inviting fans to flood the rink and help create the Xcel Energy Center ice for the upcoming season.
"We are inviting fans to bring three ounces of water from their local rinks, lakes, ponds or river said Petersen. "It will be filtered and then frozen into ice."
Devon Osman, a student at the University of Minnesota, brought a bottle of water from Crow Wing Lake to fill the zamboni.
"I have tremendous pride in the state of Minnesota," Osman said. "The water I brought is from a lake I visit up North."
According to the NHL, Wild fans are encouraged to share a photo of themselves collecting water from their favorite pond, lake or ice rink on social media using the hashtag #OurIce.
Updated: September 16, 2017 09:38 PM
Created: September 16, 2017 06:29 PM
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