The New York Rangers are in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1994 and their fans sure are excited about it. Unfortunately, if those fans want to watch their Rangers in person during the upcoming series against the Los Angeles Kings, they would actually be better off flying to LA to do so.
The Rangers will host Games 3, 4 and 6 (if necessary) in their upcoming matchup against the Kings. Seats are so expensive at Madison Square Garden that New York fans would actually save money by flying out to Los Angeles, getting a hotel room and getting resale tickets to Game 1.
According to a Bloomberg report, the average price for a resale ticket to Game 3 in New York is running at a whopping $1,626, more than twice the $679 average for a ticket to Wednesday’s Game 1 at the Staples Center. Meanwhile, a round-trip ticket from Newark to Los Angeles leaving Wednesday morning and returning the next day currently can be had for $490 (via Travelocity). The website also lists a night at the airport Crowne Plaza hotel at just $69.
So if you add that all up, the total price for a flight, ticket to Game 1 and hotel would be $1,238, which is $388 cheaper than the average price paid for a ticket at Madison Square Garden. The savings could be used to pay for food, a rental car, etc.
The cheapest seat to Game 1 is running for $495, while the cheapest ticket to Game 3 is going currently going for $1,087. Meanwhile, the face value for tickets at Staples Center runs anywhere from $349 to $2,499. At Madison Square Garden they start at $484 and go to $2,490.
The Kings have home-ice advantage for the series, after besting the Blackhawks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final Sunday night. The Rangers topped the Montreal Canadiens in six games and have had a few days off to rest.
The series will be the first time teams from Los Angeles and New York have met for a championship in any of the four major sports since the 1981 World Series, when the Dodgers topped the Yankees.
It should be a great matchup, but if you’re a Rangers fan, you might want to consider taking a trip out west if you want to see it live.