The Vegas Golden Knights continue to make history. One of only two teams to sweep in the Stanley Cup quarterfinals, the expansion team becomes the first in NHL team in history to move on to the conference semifinals, where they’ll play the San Jose Sharks.
If there was ever a question about how Vegas would receive a pro team, Knights fans are answering with plenty of support. According to TicketIQ.com, the current average asking price on the secondary market Golden Knights playoff tickets for the Sharks series is $535 – and $690 for games at T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip. In the first round, fans paid an average of $484 on the secondary market for Knights home games.
The cost to see the Knights in the first round at home was the third highest across the NHL, behind only Toronto ($652) and Winnipeg ($489). How the second-round asking price will compare remains to be seen, as other series wrap up through the weekend.
As of April 19, the cheapest asking price for a Golden Knights home game was Game 1, with an asking price of $690 – just $7 more expensive than the current average asking price for Game 2. The highest asking price on the secondary market is $724 for Game 7, if needed.
It seems likely that asking prices will continue to rise as the start of the series gets closer, due to low inventory. There are fewer than 224 seats available on the secondary market for each of the first three games that could be in Vegas (Games 1, 2, and 5) while there are only 54 tickets still available for a Game 7, if needed.
The price just to have a seat at T-Mobile Arena is also high – the lowest get-in price for the series is $240 for Game 1, while the highest is $319 for Game 7.
For comparison’s sake, the average asking price for a ticket at San Jose is $328 and the current get-in price for Games 3 and 4 is just over $100.
With $400 Tickets, The Golden Knights First-Ever Playoff Series Is Hottest Show In Vegas
The Vegas Golden Knights weren’t supposed to be a factor in the NHL this season, but in their inaugural season, the Golden Knights are, according to FiveThirtyEight, the best expansion team in any sport. Ever.
So making the playoffs shouldn’t come as a surprise. And when the Golden Knights open the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Kings, getting a ticket to T-Mobile Arena will cost a pretty penny.
The current average asking price on the secondary market for Golden Knights playoff tickets at home is $453. That number is 163 percent higher than the average price for Game 3 at Staples Center ($172) – and it represents a 131 percent increase over the average asking price for a regular-season game ($196).
The playoff opener won’t be the only pricey ticket at T-Mobile – the current average asking prices for Games 2 ($426) and 5 ($446) are already above $400. But most stunning may be this number: $501. According to TicketIQ.com, that is the current average asking price on the secondary market for a potential opening round Game 7 at T-Mobile Arena. The get-in price for that game is currently $350.
There isn’t a more expensive NHL playoff ticket anywhere in the U.S. In fact, the average asking price for Game 1 is second in the league to only the Maple Leafs – and they’ve been playing hockey in Toronto for more than 100 years.
The average asking price for all Vegas games at T-Mobile Arena is currently $453 while the average at Staples Center is $172.
With an 51-24 record, the Golden Knights won the Pacific Division and had the fourth-most wins in the NHL during the regular season. Only Atlantic Division winner Tampa Bay (54-23), Central Division winners Nashville (53-18) and Central Division runners-up Winnipeg (52-20) won more games this season.