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To keep Amalie Arena blue all playoffs, the Lightning front office has pursued an aggressive ticket strategy that blocks people with out-of-state credit cards from purchasing tickets through the team’s Ticketmaster portal. Only Floridians, who are presumably Lightning fans, can buy tickets directly.

"It’s bad sportsmanship," said Iovinelli, who has family in Florida and is planning to attend Game 5 (if necessary) on June 13 with her husband and parents. "This is big. This is the playoffs. It’s not this competition to see who can get the most fans. It’s about watching hockey, so it’s very frustrating."

In addition to the ticket rules, anyone who sits in the pricey Chase Club and Lexus Lounge, about 1,400 seats, is prohibited from wearing opposing team apparel. If they do, they’ll be asked to change clothes or will be moved into another area of the arena.

The policies follow a trend of professional sports teams, particularly in smaller markets, taking steps to ensure their fans have first dibs on home tickets. The rules were stated on Ticketmaster and have been in place for all four rounds of the playoffs.

But word of the policy made its way for the first time to Chicago on Monday, where it was met with outrage and accusations of foul play. The policy wasn’t created to specifically target Chicago’s faithful, who travel as well as or better than any NHL team’s, but it was taken as a slight by their fans.

It’s particularly vexing in Chicago because fans there have experienced this before. For years, the Nashville Predators have adopted similar strategies to keep red and black sweaters out of their arena. Anyone looking to get into a regular season game against the Blackhawks had to purchase an additional ticket to another game. The two teams clashed in the playoffs this year. The Predators blocked Illinois ticket sales, too.

"This kind of ridiculous behavior ignores the speed and power of the secondary market to get tickets in the hands of those most motivated to attend, which in the end will be a contingent of Chicagoans large enough to unsettle the nervous Mr. Wickett and others," Bernstein wrote.

Illinois residents so far make up 20 percent of all tickets purchased for Game 1 on StubHub, said Cameron Papp, spokesman for the online ticket exchange. That far outpaces the norm; the home state of the visiting squad usually accounts for only 5 to 8 percent of sales, Papp said.

The markup on those sites is considerable — the cheapest seats run for $335 on StubHub, while it costs nearly $5,000 to sit right behind the glass — but it appears Blackhawks fans are willing to pay it. Iovinelli, who already booked flights, is expecting to pay up to $500 each for tickets.

Bob Morrison, executive director for Hillsborough County Hotel & Motel Association, said hotels were happy to see Chicago defeat Anaheim because of its proximity and fan base. But he also said he expects most of the increased hotel stays will come from media, NHL officials and production crews already slated to arrive for the series, while Blackhawks fans will make up a smaller share.