The Stanley Cup Final has been set and the enthusiasm coupled with limited supply has led to ridiculous ticket prices to attend any of the games.
Regardless of if you are a hockey fan or not, by now, you’ve probably heard that the Montreal Canadiens are in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 28 years. You might also know that the HABS were the last Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup back in 1993, and you might also know that they had the worst regular-season record heading into the playoffs this year— making the feel-good story of these underdogs the stuff Hollywood loves.
It’s been a wild and crazy run with a ton of amazing stories to tell your kids one day, but none crazier than the current cost of Stanley Cup Finals tickets.
Brace yourselves because it is cheaper to fly to Florida and/or buy a car than purchase two tickets for the Stanley Cup finals.
A simple online search shows resale tickets for Game 1 at Tampa’s Amalie Arena on Monday start at US$439.88 and goes up to as much as US$10,000 per ticket.
Meanwhile, tickets for Game 3 at the Bell Centre on Friday begin at $4,473 and skyrocket to $23,896 per seat in the reds— or $47,792 per pair, plus fees.
Meanwhile, if the series goes to game 6, tickets are being sold for over $35,000 on StubHub.
Another ticketing website, Vivid Seats, is selling seats at the final home game for anywhere between $5,341 to $10,333.
Sure, there are a variety of reasons for increaseing the ticket prices such as atmosphere, home-ice-advantage, the historical context— not to mention the fact that Montrealers have spent more than a year in lockdown and the Bell Centre will only be filling 3,500 of its 21,000 seats— but regardless, these prices are truly outrageous.
The opportunity to see the Stanley Cup return to Montreal is clearly worth something. The question is, how much would you pay to watch one single hockey game that you can also watch from the comfort of your own home?