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Demand for tickets for Game 3 of Stanley Cup final sets StubHub record

Friday, 06.06.2014 / 9:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Demand for tickets for Game 3 of Stanley Cup final sets StubHub record

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Demand for tickets for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final has made the Madison Square Garden contest the highest-selling NHL game in StubHub's history.

A spokesman for the online ticket marketplace said Monday's game in New York has set a StubHub hockey record for gross sales. He declined to detail the figure but said the average ticket price sold for the game on StubHub was US$1,800 as of Friday evening.

There were some 1,850 tickets available for the game on StubHub as of 9 p.m. ET Friday. Prices ranged from $1,037.10, for an obstructed view ticket, to $17,590 for a VIP rinkside seat.

The Cup final is the first in 20 years for New York.

SeatGeek reported a "marginal decrease" in ticket prices for Games 3 and 4 in New York, but said even the cheapest tickets were still hovering around the $1,000 mark.

The average price for each game remained around $1,800 per ticket on SeatGeek. But a spokesman for the secondary ticket aggregator said a second loss by the Rangers might cause "a more precipitous drop in demand" for tickets to the games at MSG.

Face value for most Rangers Cup final tickets start at $450 with an average of $750, according to the SeatGeek spokesman. Ice-level seats at Madison Square Garden can exceed $1,000.

In Los Angeles, SeatGeek reported that prices have come down "by a significant margin."

SeatGeek said the average price for Game 2 on Saturday was dipping below $700, compared to more than $800 earlier in the week.

The cheapest Game 2 tickets were moving toward $350 and were expected to fall below that number — less than face value.

SeatGeek said it was the same for Game 1 ticket resales. On Wednesday, the day of the game, tickets resold for an average of $425 with many going for less than $300.

The early start times in Los Angeles — 5 p.m. local for Game 1 and 4 p.m. for Game 2 — have perhaps made the Staples Center tickets less attractive.

Quote of the Day

If you want to prove people wrong, you've just got to go out and do it. Yeah, we blew 3-2 series leads the last two years, but no one is going remember that if we go out there on Saturday night and beat these guys and go play in the Stanley Cup Final. We need to get back to work and we'll start to do that tomorrow.

— Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri following a loss to the Blackhawks in Game 6 on Wednesday