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Hockey fans will have to pay the price if you want to see the Ottawa Senators in the great outdoors against the Montreal Canadiens in December.
The Ottawa Redblacks offered their season ticket holders a one week pre sale starting Tuesday morning for the NHL 100 Classic between the Senators and Habs being held at Lansdowne Park on Saturday, Dec. 16th in the evening and, as expected, it not going to be cheap to attend the event but sales are going well.
With the prices set by the league because they buy the home game from the Senators and give the club what it would get from an average gate at a Montreal home game at the Canadian Tire Centre, the seats are priced anywhere from $129 to $499 in the stadium that will be expanded to 35,000 seats for the event.
Though some may wonder why Redblacks season ticket holders are having a week long sale, those with football seats only have access to the allotment that the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group have been given by the NHL. Senators season ticket holders,
who are being contacted right now by the club and will be through the course of the next couple of weeks, will have access to a larger allotment at all seat levels.
Look, this shouldn come as any big shock. The pricing at outdoor games in every city has been expensive and the cost to hold them isn cheap because of the infrastructure involved including the hours of work that go into setting up the rink and the temporary seating. That a big why it not being held on Parliament Hill.
Since the event is sponsored by Scotiabank, the name TD Place has also been removed from the offer given to Redblacks fans.
The game will mark the 100th anniversary of the first game in NHL history played between Ottawa and Montreal at the Dey Arena in Ottawa on Dec. 19, 1917. The game will be held three weeks after the city hosts the Grey Cup at TD Place and the temporary seating for that event will be left in place.
Of course, the highest priced seats set at $499 are in the suites at the club level on the South Side and some of the lower priced seats at $129 are in the lowest rows in the end zone. Given the configuration of the stadium for this event, it makes more sense to be higher for an outdoor game to get a better view of the ice.