As the Rush head east to defend their National Lacrosse League title this weekend in Buffalo, Saskatchewan fans are clamouring for tickets to the final home game.
On The Brent Loucks Show Friday, Rush vice president Andrea Haughian said more than 11,000 seats have already sold for the playoff game at SaskTel Centre on June 4.
“There’s been a lot said about how the love affair has kind of taken off for us, but to be part of it and to make the calls and talk to fans…it’s really rewarding,” Haughian said.
The deadline for season ticket holders to claim their reserved seats at the game was originally scheduled for Thursday afternoon; however, after a power outage halted downtown operations for a few hours, those fans now have until Tuesday.
The boys in green are up against the Buffalo Bandits in the best-of-three Champion’s Cup Final.
A victory on the road this week would mean a possible championship title at home the next; something Haughian said would only add to the excitement of an “unbelievable” first season in Saskatchewan.
“We’re really trying to grow the sport by offering great entertainment, a great night out,” she said.
“Obviously the players put so much preparation and work into each game; we do the same thing off the field.”
From the production team to the game-day DJ to the announcers and dance squads – no detail is overlooked.
“Every second of our game is meticulously planned; we really try to maximize the fan experience so there’s something there for everybody.”
That includes the popular 50/50 jackpot, which has yet to be claimed for the last home game on May 21.
A pot of $34,525 is still up for grabs with ticket C-014261. The lucky winner has one year to claim the prize.
50/50 of $34,525 wasn’t claimed at tonight’s game. C-014261… if this is your number call @SaskTelCtr. Thank you.
— Saskatchewan Rush (@SaskRushLAX) May 22, 2016
Haughian said through the 50/50 program, minor league lacrosse has received almost $200,000 this year.
“Which will help get sticks in kids’ hands, help introduce the sport,” she said.
While there are no Rush players hailing from Saskatchewan, Haughian said the team’s influence on youth taking to Lacrosse will likely change that.
“As we see our team really get some roots in Saskatchewan, minor league lacrosse will benefit. That’s the best way to get more guys drafted locally, is just to grow those local programs,” she said.
Saturday’s game in Buffalo starts 5:30 p.m. CST and will be carried on TSN2, TSNGO and Watch ESPN.
Fans can also watch from afar on The Rush website, where a live stream will be available game day.
The final Rush playoff home game is June 4 starting 7:30 p.m. at SaskTel Centre.