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by Paul on 12/20/13 at 03:57 PM ET
By Nick Tranfaglia of TiqIQ,
Remember the days of just one NHL outdoor game, i.e. the Winter Classic? Yeah, forget about that. Fans and TV execs love watching the game in its purest form -- on an outdoor rink in freezing temperatures with snow possibly falling above. The league has noticed this fascination and cash opportunity. This year, it's scheduled six outdoor contests and here is a breakdown of NHL tickets for all six:
1/1: Red Wings vs Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium, NHL Winter Classic
Winter Classic tickets started at a high price when the game was first announced, but have been dropping as the game draws closer. On October 28, the average price for a ticket on the secondary market was $437. That price dropped to $363 per ticket on November 28 and currently sits at an average price just just $220. In less than two months, prices for the Winter Classic tickets have dropped almost in half at 49.7% and have dropped 16.7% since just the start of December. The $91 get-in price is also cheaper than every other Stadium Series game this season.
1/25: Ducks vs Kings at Dodger Stadium
Prices for the outdoor game in Los Angeles have dropped, but not by a significant margin. Ticket prices have dropped only 10.5% since the end of October when the average price per ticket was $332. The average price now is $297, but still has one of the higher get-in prices at $141. Since this game is in California, the prices shouldn’t drop dramatically because of the uniqueness of an outdoor professional hockey game in California and the lack of other options like some of the New York teams have.
1/26: Rangers vs Devils at Yankee Stadium
Devils vs. Rangers is always a big draw in the New York-New Jersey area, but putting that game in Yankee Stadium has added to the appeal. The average ticket price is currently $339 and is the second most expensive Stadium Series game. The price has dropped only 8.9% since October 28 as there’s plenty of Rangers and Devils fans in the area willing to buy tickets for an event of two rivals teams outdoors. The get-in price of $151 is the highest of any of the outdoor games this year played in the US.
1/29: Rangers vs Islanders at Yankee Stadium
Rangers will have a second opportunity to play in Yankee Stadium, but playing the Islanders instead of the Devils places this game with a lower average price. Average ticket prices have dropped 17% since the end of October and the current $286 average price is higher than only the Winter Classic. It’s also 15.6% cheaper than the Rangers/Devils game occurring in the same stadium just three days earlier. The surprising drop in price here is the 13% decrease over the past week when tickets were $330 on December 12. The get-in price still remains a relatively high $110.
3/1: Blackhawks vs Penguins at Soldier Field
This Pittsburgh-Chicago matchup in Soldier Field is currently the most expensive game of the Stadium Series. The average price has fallen 23.2% since the end of October, but the current $364 average price remains the highest average on the market. This game is also the only one to have the average price reach into the $400’s with a $474 average price on October 28. Although this game is the highest priced on average, the $85 get-in price is the lowest of any of the Stadium Series games.
3/2: Canucks vs Senators at BC Place, NHL Heritage Classic
This season’s Heritage Classic is one of the higher prices games of the NHL’s outdoor games this season. As the Canadian counterpart to the Winter Classic, the Heritage Classic has been a big draw in the previous two games. The average price for Heritage Classic tickets has dropped slightly this year, down 11.2% since the end of October, but the current $318 average ticket price keeps is as one of the more expensive outdoor games this year. In fact, the $158 get-in price for this game is the highest of all the other stadium games this season.
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