Exhibition at Sprint Center sets attendance mark for NHL preseason games played at neutral site

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Could the National Hockey League be closer at bringing a team to Kansas City? We still don't know for sure, but hockey fans in the area have reason to smile.

Tuesday night's exhibition game between the Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins has been sold out. Only a limited number of standing-room only tickets are available.

"It is amazing to witness Kansas City's passion for NHL hockey," Los Angeles Kings' President of Business Operations and Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille said in a news release. "Playing in front of a capacity crowd at a neutral site game is special for NHL fans, players, coaches and everyone in the Kings organization."

Seating capacity for Tuesday night's game will be 17,544. It will set the attendance mark this year for NHL pre-season games placed at a neutral site and for non-NHL venues in North America.

The sellout is a good sign for people who want an NHL team to call Kansas City home. The NHL Board of Governors would want to make sure Kansas City could support a team before it decides to add or relocate a franchise to the city.

"Selling out the NHL preseason game is an accomplishment that the entire region can be proud of and celebrate," Sprint Center general manager Brenda Tinnen said in the release. "It is a privilege for Sprint Center to host two 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff Teams."

Standing-room-only tickets can be purchased on Tuesday for $11 online at spritncenter.com, Sprint Center Box Office or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.

Doors for the Penguins-Kings NHL preseason game at Sprint Center open at 5:30 p.m. CT.

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