Late Friday afternoon there were still tickets available for the Kings' game tonight against the Calgary Flames, but phones were still ringing in the Kings' ticket office and there were fans lined up at the window.
Tom Pace, one of the box-office managers, said that the Kings' victory in the opener Thursday night had "very definitely" had a positive effect on ticket sales. "You know how L.A. fans love a winner," he said.
The winner that had packed the Forum Thursday night, the first time the Kings had ever had a sellout for an opener, was Wayne Gretzky. The question was whether those who were first-time fans would come again.
"Hopefully, Saturday night's game will be a sellout, too," Pace said. "We're selling tickets here and at Ticketmaster locations. But what you have to understand is that Saturday night Kings games always have a big last-minute sale. I don't know why, but starting Saturday afternoon and Saturday night, people start coming out of the woodwork. We'll have 10, 12 windows open on Saturday with lines going forever."