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The Stanley Cup Finals are the pinnacle on the season for the National Hockey League, where the two best teams from the Eastern and Western Conference battle it out to have their names etched on Lord Stanley's Cup. Die-hard fans of the NHL generally follow their teams all season long, but for the casual hockey fans the Stanley Cup Finals are the time they tune in and buy tickets.
The commercial success of the Stanley Cup Finals often hinge on which two teams qualify for the championship series. While regionally, the games will be successful, major markets like Detroit, New York, Boston or any of the Canadian cities will translate better to the national audience. The secondary ticket market would also benefit from the bigger markets being matched up in the series.
The average price of a ticket to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals in the hours before the Boston Bruins and host Vancouver Canucks faced off Wednesday, June 15 was, by far, the highest in the history of StubHub.com.
The Sports Business Journal reported earlier Wednesday that ducats were going for $2,749 per seat, which was not only more than three times as high as the average price to last year's Game 7 of the Cup Finals between the host Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins ($746) but also higher than the average ticket price for many recent Super Bowls.
With less than 12 hours to go until the puck drops in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Boston Bruins and the host Vancouver Canucks, those who are curious as to where ticket prices will peak on the resale market might be better off asking this: How high is the sky?
"I'm not going to guess — it's Game 7, unprecedented." Mario Livich of Vancouver-based ShowTime Tickets told TicketNews Tuesday, June 14. "Hometown team, 40 years of pent-up demand."
An NBA Finals matchup between one market known for sizzle, stars and bandwagon jumpers and another famous for being awash in oil money is good news for ticket brokers. But a bicoastal, international NHL Stanley Cup battle between similarly championship-starved cities has been even better for business.
According to figures provided by ticket search engine SeatGeek, the prices on the resale market for tickets to the Stanley Cup — pitting the Boston Bruins against the Vancouver Canucks — are far higher than those for the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks.
As Boston Bruins' fans celebrate the first appearance of their team in the Stanley Cup Finals in 21 years, the TD Garden in Boston, MA, took over the top spot in TicketNews' exclusive venues rankings for the week ending Sunday, June 5.
Up two this week, the Garden hosted the Vancouver Canucks for Game 3 of the series (won by Boston) and will host Game 4 and a possible Game 6 of the series. Secondary sales for these games were strong enough to take the series to No. 1 in TicketNews' Top Sports Events rankings and No. 3 in this week's Top Events rankings. The Canucks currently lead the series 2-1.
Game Sevens don't lack for anticipation. But the decisive NHL Eastern Conference tilt tonight, Friday, May 27, between the host Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden is generating a positively Pavlovian response in Beantown.
The battle between the Bruins and Lightning — who are fighting for a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Vancouver Canucks beginning Wednesday, June 1 — is not just the only game in sports-mad Boston tonight (the Red Sox are in Detroit playing the Tigers and the Celtics were eliminated from the NBA playoffs more than two weeks ago).
For the 31st straight season, the dream Stanley Cup Finals matchup between two "Original Six" teams will elude the National Hockey League. But the second-best scenario for the NHL — as well as ticket brokers — might continue to unfold this weekend in the conference finals.
The top selling event for the week ending May 30 is the Chicago Blackhawks home games during the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. The event has a 6.77 power score, which puts it ahead of Wicked (6.05) and Paul McCartney (2.73).
Home games for the Philadelphia Flyers, the Blackhawks opponent in the Stanley Cup Finals, make the overall top ten at number four (2.70). The New York Yankees (five, 2.59) outsold Lady Gaga (six, 2.34) and Justin Bieber (seven, 1.97). Former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters comes in at number eight (1.96). Closing out the Top Combined Events are American Idol Live (1.86) and James Taylor & Carole King (1.72).
Several Pittsburgh Penguin hockey fans eager to watch Game Four of the Stanley Cup finals on May 31 were disappointed after the tickets they bought from scalpers turned out to be counterfeit. However, police were able to arrest the culprits.
The tickets were purchased outside of the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, hours before Saturday night's game between the Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit won the game and leads the series 3-1.
By Stacey Willets
TicketNews announces its exclusive weekly Top 10s and analysis for the week of 5/21/07 - 5/27/07.
OVERALL TOP 10 EVENTSEvent This Week Last Week Wicked 1 1 American Idols Live! 2 2 Boston Red Sox 3 3 NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Ottawa Senators 4 n/a New York Yankees 5 7 Jersey Boys 6 5 The Police 7 4 Chicago Cubs 8 6 Kenny Chesney 9 8 NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Anaheim Mighty Ducks 10 n/a
By Stacey Willets
TicketNews.com releases its exclusive weekly Top Tens today. Read on for a sneak peek of this week’s hot events.
Yesterday marked the unofficial start of summer. Folks are digging their shorts out of storage, purchasing new swimsuits, packing their beach bags, and, strangely enough, buying hockey tickets.
You may remember the NHL disappeared from the TicketNews Top Tens with the elimination of the New York Rangers from the playoffs. The apathy is over. This week the Stanley Cup Finals put hockey back in the spotlight. The Ottawa Senators take number four on the Overall Top Events chart and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks debut at number ten, providing the ice to cool down our first sips of (almost) summer. Refreshing.
If hockey could be equated with the ice cubes in a tropical summer drink, baseball is the little paper umbrella . . . things just wouldn’t seem right without it. The MLB retains a stronghold on the Top Sports Chart, assuming six of the ten positions. Ottawa and Anaheim break into the rankings with some hard-hitting checks, getting the Senators past the Cubs and the Yankees to claim the number two spot while the Ducks dislodge Ultimate Fighting Championship from the chart and take number five . . .