New Yorkers can save money while watching the Rangers play the Los Angeles Kings for the Stanley Cup by packing their suitcases.
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.