A seat in the World's Most Famous Arena tonight will make your piggy bank squeal, but won't break it. (Icon SMI)
By Allan Muir
Where will you be for Game 7 tonight?
Most of us will have to settle for watching the action from a bar stool or
a random red couch a trusty sofa.
But if money's no object--and you happen to be in the neighborhood of one of the three arenas in question--there are still tickets to be had that'll get you in the building and give you bragging rights in perpetuity if history just happens to unfold in front of you.
The guys over at Seatgeek.com offered us some insight into what it will cost if you're determined to be there in person. Surprisingly, these prices aren't exactly outrageous.
Philadelphia at New York
With a median listing price of $329 and cheap seats going for $186, this game is the most expensive of the evening...but it's still a lot cheaper than the last Game 7 the Rangers hosted back in 2012. The main reason is the quick turnaround from Game 6 last night in Philadelphia which, according to Seatgeek, has prevented much hype from being built around tonight's deciding game at New York's refurbished Madison Square Garden. There were three days between Games 6 and 7 against the Ottawa Senators in 2012, and in that time the median listing price for Game 7 at MSG increased 18 percent, from $356 to $419. The Blueshirts had also won Game 6 in Ottawa to force Game 7, which boosted demand for tickets to the finale. Losing last night in Philly has put a crimp in the courage (and free spending) of Rangers fans.
Minnesota at Colorado
The median price for a perch in Pepsi Center is set at $200, with tickets starting at $78.
Los Angeles at San Jose
The median listing for a stool in the Shark Tank is $173, with places to park your posterior starting at $90.
The Seatgeek guys note that each of the three home teams is coming off a Game 6 thumping on the road, and those losses have done a William H. Macy on ticket prices.
In New York, the median price has dropped 29 percent from $426 to $329 since Monday morning. In Colorado, it's fallen 19 percent from $237 to $200. In San Jose, the median price dipped 23 percent from $212 to $173.
Two of the three games--Flyers at Rangers and Kings at Sharks--involve teams with core fan bases that dwell within driving distance of their opponent's arena, which opens the door to significant support for the visitors. Seatgeek says 72 percent of ticket shoppers for Flyers-Rangers have come from the NYC metro area compared to just seven percent from Philly. Kings fans, though, are digging deep to (hopefull) witness history. So far, 56 percent of ticket buyers for Game 7 in San Jose are from the Bay Area, but 21 percent are from Los Angeles.
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