Must be fun to be in Detroit right now. The Wings are playing for the Cup, the Pistons are in the Eastern Conference Finals...good times, right?
Unless, of course, the schedules conflict.
TheBigLead just threw up a post about this: Games 1 and 2 at Joe Louis Arena are on the same day as Games 3 and 4 in the Palace at Auburn Hills for the Pistons. Saturday and Monday at 8pm, Red Wings vs. Penguins. Saturday and Monday at 8:30pm, Celtics vs. Pistons.
Much has already been made of the Red Wings inability to sell out games, although to be fair, the actual ticket numbers are about equal to sellouts at Mellon Arena, if not greater by the end of the season. But that doesn't change the fact that roughly 2,000 seats were unfilled for each game. I think we can all agree that if the Mellon had 2,000 extra seats, each one of them would have been filled over the past few months.
But the point of this post is not to compare Pittsburgh and Detroit fans. The point is this: if Red Wings tickets were easy to get before, they might have just gotten easier. The Pistons game will not only draw away viewers, but it is reasonable to assume that it might draw away some fans. Ticketmaster still looks ugly, but bide your time Pens fans. Red Wings fans face something of a conundrum, and Penguins fans may very well be the benefactor.