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Last night, it was made official in overtime. The New York Rangers will be facing the Los Angeles Kings in this year’s Stanley Cup Final.
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If you’re tossing around the idea of heading down to New York to catch one of the Rangers’ home games in the Final, I hope you’ve got lots of disposable income and maybe a child or two to throw in to sweeten the deal.
See, tickets have already sold out from the box office. That means you’ll have to buy them from a secondary source (like a scalper, or scalping website for example). These are just about the hottest tickets in Manhattan, and understandably so, since it’s been 20 years since the Rangers have been to the Cup Final.
As such, you’d be lucky to find a single ticket under $1,500… If you don’t mind sitting in the nosebleeds of course.
According to TiqIQ, the average price for one of the three potential Rangers home games in the Final is north of $2,000 for seat.
The average cost for a seat for Game 3, the first Cup game at MSG since Game 7 in 1994, is currently sitting at $2,202.72. Game 4, a possible Cup-clinching game if a sweep is in the cards will set you back $2,419.57. For Game 6, which would potentially be both the last Rangers home game of the season and a game with the Cup on the line, the price rockets up to $2,737.35.
Travis Hughes did some digging around StubHub and found some crazy prices as well, but if you’re willing to sit in the cheap seats, you can save yourself some coin.
Things get a little crazier for Game 6, in which it’s guaranteed that the Stanley Cup will be in the house — potentially to be won by the Rangers. Tickets start at $1,368 but quickly skyrocket, with 94 StubHub listings priced north of $10,000. Twenty-four of those are more than $15,000 and eight are more than $20,000.
20 G’s for a single night of hockey action. The chance to be in the building when the Stanley Cup is awarded is a pretty thrilling proposition, but I couldn’t imagine a life where I wake up in the morning thinking “What am I going to buy today? A ticket for a single night at Madison Square Garden, or a car that I’ll be able to drive all over the place for years to come?”
It seems especially ludicrous when you look at the cost of tickets elsewhere around the league. From the comments on that article:
My bro went to game 4 to game and is expect to pay some serious coinage for a cup final game. His game 4 alone was more than my whole season plan. I live in West Palm Beach and had season tickets to watch all 41 Panther games center ice lower bowl 10 rows back with a free jersey for 305 bucks.
$305 for an ENTIRE SEASON of hockey with a jersey thrown in for free?! I’m tempted to move to Florida and start cheering for the Panthers… I guess that’s the catch though – you have to cheer for the Panthers.
Still, it’s gotta be ridiculous if a fan of the Maple Leafs is complaining about high ticket prices. The Leafs are known for having the highest “Fan Cost Index” in the NHL.
If you’re not familiar with the Fan Cost Index, it’s a somewhat controversial economic assessment of the fan experience at a game. It “comprises the prices of four (4) average-price tickets, two (2) small draft beers, four (4) small soft drinks, four (4) regular-size hot dogs, parking for one (1) car, two (2) game programs and two (2) least-expensive, adult-size adjustable caps.”
So it costs $615.62 (US) for a family of four to buy all that convoluted stuff that TMI calculates they’ll buy at a Leafs game – well over $100 more than a game in Vancouver would cost them, as the second highest FCI team.
The Leafs also have the highest average ticket price across the whole league, at $122.20, over $30 more than 2nd-place Vancouver ($91.45)
I guess it’s nice that there’s finally a hockey ticket that costs more than a Leafs game. Here’s hoping the Rangers can bring it home in game 6 so the fools who pay $20,000 for their seat can feel like it was somewhat worthwhile!