The New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens will meet in the playoffs for the 15th time in these two Original Six franchises’ histories starting tomorrow afternoon in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Montreal. With this being a Conference Finals matchup, one could only imagine just how ridiculously high the ticket prices for this series will be. The only problem is that these prices soar even above the imagination.
Ticket prices for this Rangers/Canadiens Eastern Conference Finals are averaging at a record high $726 per ticket. Yes, you read that right. According to ticket aggregator TiqIQ, this is the highest average ticket price for a series that isn’t the Stanley Cup Finals. In the Western Conference Finals, whether the Chicago Blackhawks play the Anaheim Ducks or the Los Angeles Kings, which will be decided later tonight, the average ticket price for either Western Conference Finals matchup is said to be about $200 less per ticket than the Rangers/Canadiens Eastern Conference Finals.
So what is the cause of this record high average ticket price for the Rangers vs. Canadiens Eastern Conference Finals? Location, location, location.
According to TiqIQ’s Vice President Chris Matcovich, “The geographic locations of these two teams are driving prices.” So since New York and Montreal are within driving distance from each other, a lot of the road team’s fans can easily travel to the visiting team’s arena, meaning that more people than usual can attend these games, and the more people that can go, the more the tickets will be at a premium.
Sooner or later if this continues, and the NHL continues to grow in the United States, all die-hard middle class fans will be priced out in every arena, not just in New York.