There are several plus sides for the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils competing in the Eastern Conference Finals. There is no worrying about traveling arrangements or practicing on home ice since the two teams are separated by just 14 miles, so it’s just a short bus or train ride from one arena to another. Fans also tend to take public transportation to get to sporting events in the greater New York area -- but why do that when you can fly?
That’s right; Rangers fans can fly to Game 3 if they choose.
Delta Airlines is offering a promotion through the Rangers’ website that will offer fans a 17-minute trip on a charter flight that will travel from LaGuardia Airport to Newark International. Included in the flight will be Rangers swag, ground transportation, Rangers alumni Ron Duguay and Rod Gilbert, plus a chance to win a Rangers road trip at an away game next season.
There are some advantages and disadvantages to flying. Avoiding driving through Newark is certainly a plus. It certainly isn’t the vibrant city New Jersey Governor Chris Christie claimed last month. But airlines often create headaches with luggage for long flights. I can't imagine going through the same ordeal (and security) for 17 minutes in the air.
It won’t be easy for Rangers fans to get in to the Prudential Center, though. The Devils have launched a “No Blue” campaign to protect their home ice advantage by asking their fans to deny tickets to Rangers fans looking to cross state lines and sneak into the Devils’ home arena.
Earlier this week, the Devils released this strategy:
“If you own seats and have to sell for any of the home games because of conflicts, do NOT list your seats on the secondary market. Blogs such as Fire and Ice, In Lou We Trust, and HFBoards provide you with outlets to speak directly with other Devils fans who are looking for seats. This will ensure you are selling only to other Devils fans. You can ask for pictures or meet them to deliver tickets, to ensure where their loyalty lies.”
According to Yahoo's Puck Daddy Blog, it is not the first time an airline has offered such a promotion. In 2005, United Airlines offered a promotion in which Chicago White Sox fans could fly from O’Hare Airport to Midway Airport for a game against the cross-town rival Chicago Cubs.
There has been no release on exactly how much the flight will cost, but we’re willing to bet it’ll be almost as overpriced as Brandon Dubinsky’s contract.
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