Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/25/13 at 08:01 AM ET
from Jesse Lawrence at Forbes,
The NHL season is upon us, and before a regular season game has been played, the fans have already weighed in on what teams they’re most excited to see this year. We’ve quantified that enthusiasm by measuring the difference in average price on the secondary market at the beginning of this season versus the beginning of last season. Using that approach, the team with the greatest increase is the New York, and soon-to-be-Brooklyn, Islanders.
That pending move to Brooklyn for the 2014-15 (should be 2015-16) season means that come October next year, Nassau Coliseum will not be hosting NHL hockey for the first time in over 40 years. The result is the 2013-14 Nassau Nostalgia Tour. The tour will last 41 games and the average price for Islanders tickets across those games $150.6 compared to $74.2 last year. In addition to making Islanders tickets hot for the first time since the Reagan administration, the price increase has also reshuffled demand for greater-New York hockey in a way that will likely continue after they move to Brooklyn. While their average price still does not compete with the Rangers $232 average for this season, it puts them ahead of the Devils average of $130 for the first time in years....
As for recent Stanley Cup Champions ticket prices, Blackhawks tickets increased an average of 57% this year compared to last, as fans are excited to see if the Hawks can win their third Cup in five years....
On the down side, the 2012 Stanley Cup champions, LA Kings, had the second largest decrease in average price, behind only Jets tickets. LA Kings Tickets are down 13% from $145 at the start of last season....
For the full list of NHL average prices this year compared to last year, visit the TiqIQ Blog.
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