The World Forum - May 20th, 2024


Canadian residents barred 24 hours from buying tickets for Leafs games in Florida, Panthers say


Toronto Maple Leafs fans planning to attend the team's road games in the upcoming second-round NHL playoff series against Florida may find themselves with limited ticket options.

The Panthers have restricted early sales for Games 3 and 4 to American residents.

A team spokesperson told CBC News via email that U.S. residents would be given first access to tickets for 24 hours, starting Monday morning.

The Maple Leafs have a fan base that travels well, particularly in the Snowbird-heavy Sunshine State.

News of restrictions led many fans to believe it was an effort to limit the number of Leafs supporters and maximize home-ice advantage. Under an 'Important Event Info' listing on the Ticketmaster website linked to the Panthers' site, a tab outlined sales requirements.

Dates for the Florida home games — which would include Game 6 if the best-of-seven series lasts that long — have not been announced.