Originally created 03/10/99

Thrashers reach league's mandate for season ticket sales

ATLANTA -- Still seven months away from their inaugural, the expansion Atlanta Thrashers have surpassed the 12,000 mark in season ticket sales mandated by the NHL a week ahead of the March 15 deadline.

"It shows there's a tremendous amount of interest in the sport in this area," team president Harvey Schiller said Monday. "At each stage, we'll see more interest. The biggest push will be when we start naming players."

The 90 suites, which account for about 1,600 seats in the unfinished Philips Arena, are sold out. The majority of the seats in the top price ranges -- $70 and $65 -- also are sold out.

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