Stampede fans left out in the cold

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More than 100 unlucky ice hockey fans were turned away as tickets to the national final sold out in 90 minutes on Tuesday. 

Queenstown-based Southern Stamp­ede plays Canterbury Red Devils in the New Zealand Ice Hockey League final match at Queenstown’s Ice Arena on Saturday. 

Organiser Luana Frear says: “They were queuing up when we arrived to sell the tickets. It’s unfortunate for some fans who followed Stampede all season, but there was nothing we could do.” 

The game will be streamed live on the internet after 74 fans pledged $2000 towards the cost – including $200 from the Graham family who own the 400-capacity Queenstown Ice Arena. 

The live stream is expected to be shown in Queenstown bars.