We opined on the concept in Tampa last season...but they weren't the progenitors of the concept.
It appears like it was Nashville that came up with ways to keep opposing fans out of their house. And, it's all about those damned Blackhawks.
Because Chicago Blackhawks fans travel so well, other teams have attempted to block these fans from their arenas. Tampa infamously did that during last year's playoffs by requiring all ticket buyers to their home games against the Blackhawks to have a Florida Zip Code.
Months from this year's playoffs, the Nashville Predators are doing the same thing. But, then again, they've been doing it since 2013, requiring tickets be purchased at the box office for out-of-town fans. This time, only credit cards with Tennessee addresses (or from their TV network coverage States of Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia) were accepted for Tuesday's game (which, by the way, they lost 4-1).
Nashville CVC's Butch Spyridon was crystal in his view: “Obviously, we love visitors and we love Chicago visitors (their number one market). I understand, from a business standpoint, what (the Predators are) trying to do, but we want to convey a friendly and welcoming environment. We’re not exactly on the same page."
That the Chicago media picked up Butch's comments is a good thing. That the Predators don't get the bigger picture is disturbing.
I think I'd be more focused on developing a team that can send Chicago fans home with the burden of a loss than playing silly games trying to keep red jerseys out of the arena.
But, that's just me.