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 2015 Stanley Cup Finals pushed ticket demand to an all-time high. Now sitting on the release of the 2015-16 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 over $83, the NHL is seeing a large drop in average ticket prices year over year, making it more affordable for hockey fans to see their favorite NHL team in 2015-2016.
The Winnipeg Jets come into the 2015-16 season with the highest median price of any team in the NHL at $168. This demand for Jets tickets has pushed the team past traditional powers like the Toronto Maple Leafs ($157), Edmonton Oilers ($111), and Montreal Canadiens ($111). Following their Stanley Cup title only a season ago, the Chicago Blackhawks have a median ticket price of $122, with the highest number of tickets sold. Other teams with high ticket demand have been the New York Rangers ($101), Boston Bruins ($95), and the Philadelphia Flyers ($64).
One of the largest driving factors of a ticket in the NHL is advancing to the playoffs. During the 2015 NHL Playoffs the Chicago Blackhawks saw an average regular season ticket price rise almost 25% from the first round ($178) to the second round ($238). That average ticket price would go up $100 for the Western Conference Finals, and almost triple that for the Stanley Cup Finals. The demand for Stanley Cup Finals tickets is consistently among the top for any sports ticket in the world.
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 Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Capitals NHL Winter Classic on January 1 to the highly anticipated NHL All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena, expect higher prices for these games as they rank amongst the most attended and demanded ticket in the NHL.
Ticket prices based on averages as of August 31, 2015