Demand to See Lightning Skyrockets This Season in Tampa
With the Lightning one win from advancing to the Stanley Cup for the second year in a row tomorrow night, fans are paying an average of more than $200 a ticket during the Eastern Conference Finals.
This year during the regular season, Lightning fans paid 32 percent more on the secondary market than they did during the 2014-15 season. They went from an average of $56 (23rd in the league) in 2014-15, to an average of $74 (16th in the league) this season.
Overall, demand to see hockey in Tampa has certainly picked up. In the 2011-2012 season, resale tickets averaged $38, compared to this season at $74.
Avg. Price of Regular-Season Tampa Game in 5 Years
|Season||Avg. Resale Price||Ranking in NHL|
|2015-16||$74||16th in the NHL|
|2014-15||$56||23rd in the NHL|
|2013-14||$50||26th in the NHL|
|2012-13||$52||24th in the NHL|
|2011-12||$38||28th in the NHL|
Game 6 currently has an average resale price of $214, which is actually less expensive than Game 4, which had an average resale price of $241 (making it the most expensive non-Stanley Cup Lightning game SeatGeek has seen since it began tracking the secondary market in 2010).
Despite the overtime victory last night, prices have not shot up for Game 6, even with the Lightning having a chance to clinch the series. In fact, listing prices are down 36 percent since when the series started.
The Lightning also hosted Games 3, 4 and 6 last year in the Eastern Conference Finals, when they played the New York Rangers. Those Games had average resale prices of $185, $237 and $165. This year’s games have all been slightly more expensive, which would seem to indicate that demand to see the Lighting is growing.
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