Winnipeg Jets fans who don't have season tickets can get one step closer to getting them, as the team says some spots on its waitlist are opening up.
An email sent to fans on Thursday says a "limited number" of spots are available after some on the waitlist got season tickets for the 2012-13 season.
Scott Brown of True North Sports and Entertainment, which owns the team, told CBC News that 2,500 waitlist seats have opened up after people took their names off the list for a variety of reasons.
"They had the opportunity to obtain tickets in another way, either through things like their work or that they knew friends that had season tickets, so they had greater access to tickets in the first year than they thought they were going to have," he said.
The Jets organization has been maintaining a waitlist since it sold all of its 13,000 season tickets in May 2011, as fans eagerly awaited the team's inaugural season back in Manitoba.
Meanwhile, True North has terminated the three-year contracts of about 100 season-ticket holders because those who had them were violating the terms of their contracts.
Brown said such violations included reselling or scalping the tickets, and "in terms of the customer service agreement when they were in the building, in terms of their behaviour."
Brown said 128 season-ticket seats have now been freed up, and they will be made available to those already on the waiting list.
Fans can go to the Ticketmaster website starting Friday at 10 a.m. CT to try to get on the waitlist.
According to the team, those who do join the waitlist must need to pay a non-refundable deposit of $50 a seat for a maximum of two seats.
Fans who remain on the waitlist by next July will have to pay a $100 annual membership fee to maintain their spots.
The latter fees will eventually be applied to their season ticket purchases, according to the team.