Stars are 80,000 tickets ahead of last year's sales pace

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Dallas Stars tickets are suddenly in high demand.

The Stars have sold 80,000 more tickets than they had at this time last year, team president Jim Lites told Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News on Friday.

That figure is the total number, meaning the club has sold an average of 1,951 more tickets than last year over the 41 home games.

“(General manager) Jim Nill and his group have worked hard to put together an exciting product, and I think that’s being reflected in the numbers,” Lites said.

The Stars finished 10th in the Western Conference in 2014-15, but Nill made several impactful offseason moves, adding goaltender Antti Niemi, trading for forward Patrick Sharp, and signing defenseman Johnny Oduya.

"I think star power sells, and we have that,” Lites said. “Jamie Benn won the Art Ross, Tyler Seguin was right there. Jason Spezza and Patrick Sharp are legitimate stars in this league. All of that helps sell. But I think what people really are excited about is the fact Jim Nill addressed our concerns and he made our team better. That’s where the buzz is coming from.”

Dallas ranked 19th in home attendance last season, averaging 17,350, according to ESPN.com. The American Airlines Center has a capacity of 18,532.

The rise in Stars ticket sales is impressive considering single-game tickets have yet to go on sale. Those will be made available Monday.

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