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Your Panthers Postseason Primer: Tickets, Parking and Everything Else

ScplayoffsgrabBY GEORGE RICHARDS grichards@MiamiHerald.com

The Panthers play their first postseason game in 12 years on Friday when the New Jersey Devils come to town for the opening of the Stanley Cup playoffs. 

Can't wait to go? Get in line.

Or don't. Tickets are plentiful for Friday's Game 1 – and you can buy them with just a few clicks of a mouse.

Here is some general information for Florida's opening two games of the best-of-7 series against the Devils. 

--Tickets: A quick glance of Ticketmaster.com show plenty of tickets available for both Friday and Sunday's game with tickets starting at $30.50 (that's without various 'convenience' charges) and going all the way up to $500 for a spot in the penalty box. Seriously. 

Stubhub.com listed close to 1,400 available tickets for Friday and over 1,800 for Sunday's game as of Wednesday afternoon. Prices on this secondary market start at $31. 

--Parking: The Panthers are advising people driving to the BankAtlantic Center get their early – and patrons should heed that warning. The arena is charging hockey fans for parking for the first time in years. 

And not everyone pays the same. Renewed season tickets for next year? Free for you. Only have a half season plan? That'll be $5. Mini-plan owners pay $10.

Everyone else will pay $20 for the right to park.

Getting into the lots should take longer than usual with all the change. The arena also charged $20 for parking at Tuesday's Van Halen concert.

--Start Time: The Panthers usually play at 7:30, but for television, Friday's game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Sunday's game will start around 7:30.

--Television: Florida's opener will be broadcast on both FS Florida with Steve Goldstein and Bill Lindsay on the call, with the NHL Network also showing it. Sunday's game will not be on Fox, but will be carried live on the NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus). 

--Gear: If you are walking into the arena and forgot your rubber rat, don't worry. The Panthers team shop sells them for $5. Just don't toss them onto the ice until the game is over.

The shop also has plenty of postseason clothing and all sorts of jerseys. If you like the Devils – or old school gear – the Panthers also have a store for that near the South Florida Hockey Den of Honor.