The Boston area was already excited to see two local schools in the Frozen Four. Providence and Boston University were two of the four schools competing at TD Garden on Thursday as part of the NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament. With BU playing in its hometown and Providence just 50 miles away, local fans were driving up prices on the secondary market to see those schools play. Boston University defeated North Dakota 5-3 and Providence defeated Nebraska 4-1 in the semifinals, pitting the two local schools in the Finals. Now Frozen Four Final tickets are the most expensive on the secondary market since at least 2011.
Currently, the average price for Frozen Four championship game tickets is $444.37 with a get-in price of $209. Only one other time in the past four years has the secondary market average even topped $300. That game came in 2011 at the Xcel Center in St. Paul, Minnesota with an average price of $305.16. Like this year, a local school was involved. Minnesota-Duluth took on and eventually defeated Michigan in the Final.
Last year had the next most expensive average when the Frozen Four was held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. No local schools were involved, but the final matchup involved two No. 1 seeds. Union College defeated Minnesota in a game with an average price of $279.57. The other two years saw an average price below $200, 2012 in Tampa Bay and 2013 in Pittsburgh.
Boston University will be looking for its sixth NCAA title in school history. Providence is making its second trip to a title game, still looking for its first win. The Terriers held a record of 28-7-5 during the regular season, while the Friars were on the fringe of not making the tournament after a record of 25-13-2. Now both schools will be facing off in front of home fans for a chance at a national championship.