"Sales to this event will be restricted to residents of bordering states," with residency based on credit-card address. "Orders by residents outside of this area will be canceled without notice and refunds given."This kind of trend started when Ted Leonsis restricted Penguins fans buying tickets to a series against the Capitals. However, that was because of the history these two teams have and the fact that Penguins fans used to come in droves to watch these match-ups. With a rivalry like that, I can understand the reason.
Even though there is no recent memory rivalry, I can still understand what the Hurricanes are trying to do out of this. Now, the pressure is on those fans in North Cacka-lacka (as the kids say) to swoop in and get those tickets. If the Canes restrict the sale of the tickets to those in Western New York and people don't show up, then that looks bad on the Canes. However, it could be a success if the RBC Center is rocking full of Canes supporters.