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).
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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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