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Tickets for UND versus Minnesota game in Las Vegas immediately sell out

The game is still almost two years and 1,500 miles away.

But the tickets are already gone.

UND's showdown against rival Minnesota that will be played on Oct. 27, 2018 in Las Vegas sold out in a mere couple of seconds Friday afternoon, leaving many fans angry that the contest will be played at the 7,500-seat Orleans Arena instead of the new T-Mobile Arena, which will host the expansion NHL team starting next year.

Most of the tickets for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game were snapped up in the last couple of weeks during presales for UND Champions Club members.

The demand was high, especially after the highly successful game in New York City's Madison Square Garden in December against Boston College.

UND drew an estimated 8,000 fans to that game. The Fighting Hawks beat Boston College 4-3.

The Vegas game has been in the works for a couple of years—since Dave Hakstol was the head coach—and was officially announced in a press conference in July.

Officials decided to play the game at Orleans Arena to ensure a profit—T-Mobile would have charged significantly more in rent—and to make sure interest in these showcase games continued to build.

UND coach Brad Berry has said he wants to continue doing destination games, but the school is going to be careful not to do them too often.

UND has previously played a game in Winnipeg's MTS Centre, home of the NHL's Jets, and an outdoor game in T.D. Ameritrade Park, home of the College World Series.

The Madison Square Garden game was the most successful to date.

UND and Minnesota rekindled their rivalry this season after not playing in either of the last two seasons. It was the start of a seven-year stretch where they will play every year.

Next season, they will play a two-game series in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The following year, they will play in Vegas.

Orleans Arena is part of the Orleans Hotel and Casino, located just over a mile west of New York New York and Excalibur.

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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