Lightning impose restrictions on clothing, tickets for Blackhawks fans
The quest for the cup between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning is the hottest and hardest ticket to get in town, but for different reasons depending on your location.
On Ticketmaster's website, tickets start at nearly $400 and there are plenty to purchase for Lightning fans.
For Hawks outside Florida, Ryan Mewha said the struggle is real.
"I think it's bullcrap," said Mewha.
The Lightning's restrictions, which prevent Hawks fans without a registered Florida address from purchasing tickets to The Stanley Cup Finals, has the Blackhawks faithful seeing black and red.
"Insane. One, from a business standpoint, you're going to lose money because that's going to drive people away," said Jordan Cox.
"I thought it was a joke," said Ben Walker. "Seriously, it's not but I thought it was."
And there's more - Blackhawks jerseys are not allowed in certain parts of the arena.
The Lightning's website says, "In furtherance of our goal to turn Amalie Arena blue for the playoffs, Blackhawks apparel will be restricted to certain areas."
"I think it's stupid but then again we are die hard Hawks fans, we will show up and red out their stadium so it's reasonable but unethical," said Terrence Bradley.
"I think that the National Hockey League should take action to ban teams from adapting policies like this," said Attorney Jeffrey Shaman.
Shaman is a professor at DePaul University's law school, and he shared an idea to make Game 1 memorable.
"I also think it would be a good idea if Blackhawks fans would wear their Hawks' jerseys or T-shirts to the game, cover them up with a Tampa Bay jersey and then once the game gets started, take off the Tampa Bay jersey, reveal themselves," said Shaman in an interview with FOX 32's Tisha Lewis.