You might see a few more celebrities than usual in attendance for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in Pittsburgh.
They're the only ones who can afford the tickets.
The possibility that the Cup could be awarded for the first time ever in Pittsburgh has driven secondary market prices for tonight's game between the Penguins and the Sharks to staggering levels. And even as ticket aggregation site SeatGeek.com says they've dropped 15% in the past 24 hours, there are no bargains to be had.
Over on StubHub, the cheapest seat in the house has an asking price of $1,318.98. For that, a die-hard would purchase the privilege of sitting in section 225, which is the top corner of the upper bowl, to the right of the net where the Sharks will shoot twice. Ideal for the "I just had to be there" fans whose mortgage allows them to skip a month.
Most seats in the upper deck are going for around $1,500. Want to watch from somewhere closer to the ice? Prepare to dig deeper. The cheapest seat in the lower bowl is $1,792.74, and that's in the corner. Closer to the middle of the ice, they start at $2,700, with club seating starting at $2,725.
Looking for a couple of premium seats? There are four available on the glass to right of the player benches in 101 for a whopping $9,995 each.
Of course, there's always one seller looking to take advantage of a game like this to finance his season tickets for the next couple of years. The highest ask is $24,000 for a single seat in section 105, to the right of the net where the Pens will shoot twice. They might wind up eating that one.
Value is a relative term, but given what's available, the best deal might be a pair of club-level seats in section 102, right at center ice, for "just" $2,675 each.
Given the alternative, it might not be a bad idea to spring for some Primanti sandwiches a case of Iron City and invite everyone over to watch the game at your place.