It would cost New York fans less to fly to Los Angeles tomorrow, rent a hotel room and buy a resale ticket for Game 1 than it would to purchase an average-priced seat for Games 3, 4 or 6, which will be at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, according to secondary-market ticket aggregator SeatGeek.
Game 1 of the best-of-seven series is tomorrow in Los Angeles, as is Game 2 on June 7. The teams then head to New York for the next two meetings before alternating cities if Games 5 through 7 are necessary.
“There’s a huge gap between ticket prices in Los Angeles and New York,” Connor Gregoire, a spokesman for New York-based SeatGeek, said in an e-mail.
The average price paid for a resale ticket to Game 3 in New York was $1,631 as of yesterday afternoon, more than twice the $790 average for a ticket to Game 1 at the Staples Center. Round-trip flights to Los Angeles from Newark, New Jersey, on Travelocity.com, leaving the morning of Game 1 and returning the next day, began at $500, as of yesterday afternoon. The website offered a night at the airport Hacienda Hotel & Conference Center for $84, meaning the total price for a ticket, flight and hotel would be $1,374. That’s $257 cheaper than the average price paid for an MSG ticket, which could be used for cab fares and food.
The least expensive seat for Game 1 is $495, while the cheapest for Game 3 in New York is $1,046, according to SeatGeek. The face value for tickets range from $349 to $2,499 at Staples Center and from $484 to $2,490 at MSG.
Games 3 and 4 at MSG are the most expensive finals-opening contests (meaning Games 1 and 2 at one venue or 3 and 4 at the other) that SeatGeek has recorded since it began tracking the resale market during the 2009-2010 NHL season. The previous high was in Vancouver for Games 1 and 2 in 2011, when ticket prices averaged $858. Game 4 was averaging $1,749 as of yesterday afternoon, higher than what was previously the most expensive ticket to an MSG event, the 12/12/12 Concert for Sandy Relief that averaged $1,026 a ticket.
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