UND hockey fans who have airline tickets to Nashville for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game will need to reach out to Allegiant Air if the game is canceled.
The sold-out game against Penn State is set for Oct. 17 in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The status event has been called into question over concerns that the coronavirus pandemic could put limits on fan attendance, as well as other restrictions. Ryan Riesinger, executive director of Grand Forks International Airport, reached out to representatives of Allegiant Air to give a heads up that, should the game be canceled, a large number of people will be calling about their tickets.
In the event of a cancellation, Riesinger said he believes the airline will offer vouchers to ticket holders, to be used for other Allegiant flights. Ultimately, what happens will be between the airline and its customers.
“The ticket holders would be working directly with Allegiant on that information as it comes forward, so we'll see how that plays out,” Riesinger said.
In January, Allegiant announced a one-time direct flight to Nashville so fans could attend the game. The airline has added direct flights from Fargo.
Ralph Engelstad Arena General Manager Jody Hodgson told the Herald on June 18 that those organizing the event hope it will be held at its scheduled time, but the pandemic could impact the game in unforeseen ways. Hodgson said the game could be played at another time in the future.