ST. PAUL, Minn. - What lockout?

About 150 Minnesota Wild fans lined up at the Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday to buy tickets as they went on sale at 8 a.m.

Pat Vos of Minneapolis was the first to buy tickets for the season cut in half by the lockout.

"It's like Christmas, Christmas in January," Vos said.

He had been in line since 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. About 20 other people spent the night inside the arena, waiting for the box office to open.

"We got thank the management for putting up with us," Vos said. "They did what they could in a week to pull this altogether. It's amazing. Hockey is back."

Like the rest of the Wild fans in line, the walkout did little to kill his enthusiasm. Vos says he's just relieved hockey is back.

"I am just really relieved its over," Vos added. "The lockout is over. We got hockey back. It's a nice snowy day today and we just love our hockey."

Vos bought tickets to three home games, including Saturday's season opener versus the Colorado Avalanche. Team officials expect that game to sell out.