This weekend we did some analysis on how and where to get the best deals on Stanley Cup tickets. We went into depth on ticket market prices for seats in Boston and in Vancouver. As part of that analysis, we compared Stanley Cup ticket prices to NBA Finals ticket prices. We were a bit surprised how much higher average ticket prices were for the Stanley Cup Finals ($1,518) vs the NBA Finals ($924).
Average ticket market prices for the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals were slightly higher than the NBA Finals last year, but we guessed that was driven primarily by the off-the-charts fan demand for tickets in Chicago. We saw Cup ticket outpace NBA tickets again this year — and pretty significantly — so thought we’d investigate.
Die-hard hockey fans will say, “I told you so,” but for most what we found is surprising.
Over the last few years, average NBA Finals ticket prices have steadily increased (tickets averaged $875 in 2009 and $924 today), which is a bit of a surprise given the economy. The real shocker was the average price of Stanley Cup tickets since 2009. In 2009, Stanley Cup tickets averaged $750. Today, average ticket prices have more than doubled ($1,518).
In our 2011 Stanley Cup Finals Tickets post your can read more about how the tickets compare in Boston vs Vancouver.
With an average price of $4,300 for the USA – CAN Olympic Gold Medal Game, it’s clear the BC-area loves it’s hockey and it appears that trend applies to the NHL as a whole. we’ll keep an eye on the trend, but at least for this year, it appears hockey is tops.