NHL prices hit Canadians hardest
|The MTS Centre crowd gets ready for the opening face off between the Jets and the Canadiens in Winnpeg, Man., Oct. 9, 2011. (TODD KOROL/Reuters)
NHL ticket prices are up 4.8% on average this season and, as usual, Canadian fans pay the most.
It should come as no surprise that a Toronto Maple Leafs ticket is the costliest in the league -- an average non-premium seat is $123.77, according to a report from Team Marketing Report released Wednesday.
But the fledgling Winnipeg Jets are hot on the Leafs' heels, with the second-priciest average ticket in the NHL at $98.27. That's an increase of 125.4% over last season when the team played out of Atlanta.
The average non-premium ticket in the NHL is $57.10 for 2011-12, the report says, while the Fan Cost Index price -- four tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-sized hotdogs, parking, two programs and two adult-sized caps -- is up 5% to $326.45.
The survey doesn't include any premium tickets such as club seats.
The report notes that when Winnipeg previously had the Jets, in 1995-96, the team had the third-cheapest average ticket at $23.82, well under the league average then of $34.79.
This season, Canadian teams take the top six spots in average ticket prices, while the Ottawa Senators come in 15th. Overall, 19 teams increased their prices while three -- the New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders and Anaheim Ducks -- reduced them.
Among other ups and downs:
• The New York Rangers increased prices 13% for their first season at a refurbished Madison Square Garden;
• The Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins raised their tickets by 7.3% to an average of $58.94;
• The Dallas Stars have the cheapest average ticket at $29.95 and the cheapest FCI at $224.78. The Phoenix Coyotes are second-cheapest at $36.15 and $228.61;
• The Detroit Red Wings are the only Original Six team to be under the league average. The Wings' average ticket is up 3% to $53.28 and their FCI is up 2.1% to $306.12;
• Rounding out the top 10 are: The Philadelphia Flyers, $66.89; New York Rangers, $66.20; Pittsburgh Penguins, $63.06; and Minnesota Wild, $62.63.
Here is how the Canadian teams match up:
Rank, Team, Avg. Ticket, FCI
1. Toronto $123.77 $626.45
2. Winnipeg $98.27 $485.52
3. Montreal $88.67 $486.28
4. Edmonton $70.13 $369.48
5. Vancouver $68.38 $371.94
6. Calgary $68.18 $374.51
15. Ottawa $55.51 $314.06