Ticket restrictions in the NHL, especially during playoff games, aren't unheard of. What is odd is enforcing a dress code.
That's exactly what the Lightning are doing when they host the Capitals for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday.
According to the team's website, Capitals fans will not be allowed to wear red or anything with the team's logo if their seats are in the Lightning's Lexus Lounge, which includes seats against the glass, or in the Chase Club luxury suites. Instead, they will have to wear neutral colors.
“Fans wearing visiting team-branded apparel will be asked to remove such apparel while in these areas,” the team said.
Tickets for Capitals fans are already limited, since Tampa Bay will not allow anyone who doesn't reside in Florida to purchase a ticket through the team site or Ticketmaster.
“Orders by residents outside of Florida will be canceled without notice and refunds given,”
the team said.
According to Lightning executive vice president of communications Bill Wickett, the measures are to enforce the representation of Lighting fans in the arena.
Source: Sporting News