With the NHL lockout officially over, the Detroit Red Wings have announced their 2013 schedule. The Wings will play 48 games in 99 days as Detroit looks to extend its 21-season playoff streak, the longest current streak in professional sports.
Tickets to all 24 of the Red Wings’ 2013 home games are set to go on sale this coming Thursday, Jan. 17, beginning at 1 p.m.
St. Clair Shores Patch Facebook fans were split on whether or not they'll support the Wings season after the lockout, which lasted for nearly four months amidst union disputes.
"They refuse to refund me for my season tickets.... So yes, I'll be watching," wrote Pamela Davies.
"No......won't feed into the selfishness and ridiculous charade they played," wrote Julie Holland-Alter.
"I'm in the same boat Pamela Davies. I will finish out my season tickets but not buy a single item at the game. If I can sell the tickets I will. Then take the money and patronize the businesses that have suffered because of the lockout. I think the fans should boycott the first period of game one and wear black(to honor the death of the NHL) for the remainder of the season," Thomas McVicar wrote.
"Yes we will be watching, you shouldn't peanlize the players who wanted to play all along, it was their players union and the NHL that refused to budge on negotations. Penalizing the players and business near by only show the Red Wings and all the teams that Detroiter's are sore loser who never look at the big picture," wrote Julie Parson.
Tell us in the comments: Will you pay to go see the Wings this season?
The Red Wings are acknowledging the lack of support fans might feel, too.
That's why they've announced the "Thanks for sticking with us" initiative—a 35-hour no-fee promise for ticket-buyers. The club and Ticketmaster will have no fees for any regular season ticket purchased from 1 p.m. on Thursday through midnight Friday at Detroitredwings.com, Ticketmaster.com, the Joe Louis Arena Box Office, or by calling 313-396-7575.
Full season ticket packages as well as Six and 12 Game Plans are on sale now. For more information, contact the Red Wings Ticket Sales & Service Office at 313-396-7575, or visit DetroitRedWings.com.
The first puck drops for the Wings on Jan. 19 in St. Louis, MO. Their first home game will be held Jan. 11 against Dallas at the Joe Louis Arena.
See the full schedule at DetroitRedWings.com.