Predators sell more than 400 tickets by mid-afternoon

Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 3:05pm

The Nashville Predators ticket-thon has exceeded expectations as of the early afternoon.

George Plaster, sports director of 104.5 The Zone, which started the ticket-thon at 6 a.m. this morning at the Sommet Center, announced that 440 season and partial season tickets have been sold by late Thursday afteroon. More than 25 businesses have stepped up to buy tickets. Support from the corporate and business community is crucial to the continued success of the franchise.

Plaster, who is working with the Our Team group, had said Wednesday he hoped the ticket-thon would bring in 300-to-500 new season ticket holders.

A rally is planned for tonight at 6 at the Sommet Center that will include comments from Andrea Conte, the first lady of Tennessee and a long-time Predators fan, as well as the unveiling of the new Predators jerseys for 2007-2008 as modeled by Vern Fiddler, David Legwand and Ryan Suter.

Predators officials said that the most exciting aspect of the ticket-thon has been the diversity of the sales. Seats have been purchased in both the upper deck and the lower bowl and there has been a mix of both full season tickets as well as partial season tickets sold.

“We have to keep this momentum going,” said Willy Daunic of 104.5 The Zone, who was on the air from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with Peter Weber, the play-by-play voice of the Predators, and “Ecklund”, a writer for Hockey Buzz.com.

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