With most Blues fans still having a sour taste in their mouths over the way the playoffs ended, everyone is eager for the season to start. Single game tickets go on sale August 25th, and the Blues fans are expecting a lot from the Blues after a strong 2011-2012 season.
Having attended a few games last year, the Scottrade Center can get very loud and is a great hockey atmosphere. I am sure the new ownership would love to have strong ticket sales going into training camp. The only question is will ticket sales suffer due to the looming lockout? Some fans may avoid buying tickets early even though any purchases would be refunded if a lockout happened. It will be telling to see how many fans are deterred from purchasing.
Right now the Blues are probably considered a middle of the road team when it comes to spending, but like any team in the NHL a lockout seems more likely and would be a huge disappointment to the Blues fans after such a strong 2011-2012 season.
There is still some hope a deal can be reached, but a lockout would be horrible for a league that is just now gaining some traction. The NHL lost their TV deal with ESPN after the last lockout, and who knows what another lockout would do to the league.
Yes, I am excited tickets go on sale this Saturday, but I would be even more excited to know there will be an NHL season.