With the NHL’s Western Conference final series tied at a game apiece, demand on the secondary market for Golden Knights playoff tickets remains strong, according to TicketIQ.com. As the series moves to Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday, the average asking price on the secondary market for seat is $618 – the highest among any of the teams still playing and the seventh-most expensive since TicketIQ.com began tracking data in 2011. The average asking price has slipped 17 percent since Friday.
The average asking price to see the series in Winnipeg, where the Jets play, is $566, and the overall average asking price for the series is $588, the second-highest average asking price of the decade. Only the 2017 Anaheim Ducks-Charlotte Predators series, which averaged $652 per ticket, was more expensive.
When the puck is dropped in Game 3 at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday, fans will have paid an average of $692 to see the first professional conference series in any pro sport in Las Vegas. Only the if-needed Game 7 in Winnipeg, for which the average asking price on the secondary market is currently $726, is higher.
The Vegas Golden Knights have been making history on the ice all season and now they’re making it at the box office. The expansion team that has now advanced to the NHL’s conference finals and Golden Knights playoff tickets have the highest average asking price for the Western Conference Finals since TicketIQ.com began tracking data in 2011.
The $823 asking price is the third most expensive this decade for any conference final. The most expensive was $1,207 to see the New York Rangers play at home in 2015, and the priciest was $954 to see the Rangers at home in 2014.
Only teams already set for the conference semifinals – Vegas beat San Jose in six games to advance in the West and Tampa Bay swept Boston to advance in the East. Vegas will play the winners of the Nashville-Winnipeg series.
Vegas is making history with every game as the first expansion team across any sport to get this far in the playoffs – and it’s no fluke, the Golden Knights swept Los Angeles in the conference quarterfinals and won two straight to beat the Sharks, after the teams split the first four games. That excitement has translated into high ticket prices as fans don’t want to miss any of the action.
The Golden Knights will host at least the two games of the conference finals, but it is the if-needed third game that currently has the highest asking price — $923. The first two games are going for $723 and $829, respectively, on the secondary market. The lowest get-in price of their home games is $352, the most expensive get-in price we’ve ever tracked for a conference finals and a 126 percent premium over the conference semifinals.
Golden Knights Playoff Tickets Remain The Hottest Show In Vegas
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 $402 – and $529 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.
The price just to have a seat at T-Mobile Arena is also high – the lowest get-in prices for the series was $156 for Game 1, while the highest is $270 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.