If you thought scoring a ticket or two to Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium was expensive, wait until you see how much it will cost to attend one of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final games that the New York Rangers will play at Madison Square Garden.
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According to Forbes.com, Games 3, 4 and 6 of this year’s Cup Final will be some of the most expensive in NHL history.
“The average price for each of those games on the secondary market is currently above $2,000 and rises for each game,” writes Jessie Lawrence. “Game 3 has an average price of $2,202.72, Game 4 has an average of $2,419.57 and Game 6 is the most expensive with an average of $2,737.35, which is a game that would only occur if necessary. Overall, the series has an average price of $2,439.85, which is easily the most expensive for any team in the past five years of the Stanley Cup Finals. The only team that has previously exceeded a $2,000 series average is the Vancouver Canucks, with an average price of $2,055.83 in their series with the Boston Bruins in 2011.”
Lawrence also writes that the average ticket price for February’s Super Bowl was $2,567. At the moment, the average ticket price of Game 6 — when one team would have a chance to win the Stanley Cup — is higher than the last Super Bowl.
New York sports fans have witnessed several championships over the last 15 years, but all of them have been won by the New York Yankees or the New York Giants.
Madison Square Garden, the home of the New York Knicks and Rangers, hasn’t hosted a championship series since the 1999 NBA Finals, when the Knicks lost in five games to the San Antonio Spurs. The Rangers haven’t appeared in a Cup Final since 1994, when they defeated the Vancouver Canucks on home ice to end a 54-year title drought. The two MSG teams have combined to make just three finals appearance since 1980.
Watching the Rangers play a Stanley Cup game at the world’s most famous arena is a rare occurrence, and if the early ticket prices are any indication, it will be a mighty expensive one too.