At 2-2, Red Wings vs Lightning Tickets 34% More Expensive at Amalie Arena Than Joe Louis Arena

April 23, 2015

(UPDATE 4-23-15) Thursday night will see the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings faceoff at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit for Game 4. Fans looking for last minute Red Wings vs Lightning tickets are in luck, as prices continue tumble on the secondary market hours before puck drop.

The average secondary price for Game 4 tickets is $141.18, down 20.4% from Tuesday’s average of $177.45. The get-in price for the game currently starts at $69.

Over Games 5 and, if necessary, 7, Lightning tickets at the Amalie Arena average at $213.62. That’s 33.6% more expensive than the Red Wings’ home average of $159.91 over Games 4 and 6 at the Joe Louis Arena.

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2015 Red Wings vs Lightning Tickets Now 27% Cheaper At Joe Louis Arena Than Amalie Arena

(Update 4-20-2015) The Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings are tied at one game each as their series shifts to Detroit tomorrow night. Game 2 saw the Red Wings defense struggle, allowing five goals in their first loss of the playoffs. With Game 3 being held at the Joe Louis Arena, the average secondary price for Red Wings tickets is $147.29 over the team’s three potential home games. That’s 27.3% cheaper than what Lightning playoff tickets ($202.85) will average over Games 5 and, if necessary, 7 at Amalie Arena. Detroit is in the midst of its 24th straight playoff appearance, with the team winning its last Stanley Cup in 2008.


(Update 4-17-2015) Long stalwarts in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Detroit Red Wings took Game 1 of their opening round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Game 2 will be played on Saturday afternoon and Lightning playoff tickets for that game currently have an average price of $125.94, down 5.8% from Game 1’s average. Even as prices are dropping slightly, games in Tampa are currently 37% more expensive than those to be played in Detroit. Red Wings playoff tickets have an average price of just $139.89 across Games 3, 4 and 6.


(Update 4-15-2015) The Detroit Red Wings are heading to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 24th straight season, and their perennial postseason ways are allowing ticket prices to remain low on the secondary market. According to TicketIQ, the average secondary price for Red Wings playoff tickets through the first round is $144.13. The team will play the Lightning in the quarterfinals, who make their second consecutive appearance in the playoffs. Lightning playoff tickets average at $171.93 on the secondary market, which is 19.3% higher than in Detroit. Neither team made it out of the first round last season, and the Lightning will be looking to win their first playoff series since 2011.


The Detroit Red Wings will enter the Stanley Cups Playoffs or the 24th consecutive season in 2015. Over that timespan, the team has hoisted Lord Stanley four times in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008. The team has been a considerable force in the Eastern Conference and take a 100-point season into the first round against the Tampa Bay Lightning this year.

Despite being a perennial postseason contender, however, the Red Wings have failed to advance past the second round each year since their appearance in the 2009 Stanley Cup Final. Such a performance hasn’t greatly affected secondary market ticket prices, though - this year, the average price for Red Wings playoff tickets on TicketIQ is $149.80. That marks a price jump of 64.61% over the team’s regular season average of $91.81.

After posting the third best record in the Eastern Conference this season, the Tampa Bay Lightning will make their second consecutive playoff appearance in 2015. The Lightning were swept by the Canadiens in just four games during the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs and will be looking for vengeance against Detroit.

Home games in the first round will be evenly priced between arenas. Red Wings playoff tickets will just be 4% more expensive than games played in Tampa Bay.

On TicketIQ, the average price for Lightning playoff tickets is $179.28. That marks a premium of 123.93% over season average, which was $80.06 on the secondary market. With home ice advantage through the first round, the Lightning have the potential to host four games at the Amalie Arena if necessary. Last season, they hosted just Games 1 and 2 of the quarterfinals before being eliminated in Montreal by Game 4.

The Lightning won their first and only Stanley Cup championship in 2004. It’s been a difficult route since, as the team has entered the playoffs four times since and failed to reach the second round in three of those seasons.

Detroit and Tampa Bay met four times during the regular season, with the Lightning winning three. The only Red Wings win was the most recent, a 4-0 victory on March 28.