So over half the tickets were free ? Did they at least show up ? Free, or not it's a good sign if they show up.
Nearly all, if not all, the tickets were free. Game didn't start yet, tonight at 7:30. I'm seeing a lot of scalpers on craigslist though, so I'd be surprised if the arena was even 75% full tonight.
Giving free tickets is a good idea. People will spend money on arena food, and it'll probably boost sales for the stores around Downtown San Jose, which have been struggling with no NHL.