NHL Ticket Information
Over the last few seasons the NHL has been on the up in terms of cashing in on seats filled and tickets sold to games. Considering that the NHL often has to compete for ticket sales with its seasonal counterpart, the NBA, the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals pushed ticket demand to an all-time high. Now sitting on the release of the 2014-15 NHL schedule, teams across the country are continuing the trend driving ticket prices skyward. With an average regular season ticket price coming in at just under $160, the NHL is headed into one of its highest ticket demands in recent history kicking off the season with headline matchups like San Jose at Los Angeles on Oct. 8, Chicago at Dallas on Oct. 9, and Maple Leafs at Rangers on Oct. 12.
As one of the NHL’s most popular teams, it comes as no surprise that the Toronto Maple Leafs stack in at number one with an average price of $368.60 per ticket. Still cashing in on their 2013 Stanley Cup title, the Chicago Blackhawks are getting an average of $313.18 per ticket. Filling in the space behind the Maple Leafs and Blackhawks include the New York Rangers ($232.93 per ticket), Boston Bruins ($222.53 per ticket), Los Angeles Kings ($126.23), and Dallas Stars ($123.79). With LA coming fresh of their second Stanley Cup expect a surge in demand as the 2014-15 season draws nearer.
One of the largest driving factors of a ticket in the NHL is advancing to the playoffs. During the 2014 NHL Playoffs the Los Angeles Kings saw an average regular season ticket price nearly double in just the first round. By the second round the Kings average ticket price jumped from a regular season average of $96.57 to $388.74. Entering the third round the Kings remained the cheapest ticket at $461.55 behind Chicago ($585.03), Montreal ($842.18), and the New York Rangers at nearly a grand per ticket.
Though not nearly as dramatic as the playoffs, marquee matchups tend to have a similar effect on ticket prices in the NHL as well. From the outdoor Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Blackhawks NHL Winter Classic on January 1 to the highly anticipated NHL All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, expect higher prices for these games as they rank amongst the most attended and demanded ticket in the NHL.