The opportunity to see a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final is pretty much a once in a lifetime event. Seeing your team play in the Stanley Cup Final is rare enough on its own, and even then it is not often that a series ends up going the distance (this year’s Stanley Cup Final is only the third to require seven games since the start of the 2005-06 season, and the first since the 2010-11 season).
To have all of that happen and have the game be on your home ice for your favorite team? It is almost impossible for all of those circumstances to play out at the exact same time.
Just consider the Boston Bruins organization. When they host the St. Louis Blues for Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night (8 p.m. ET, NBC; Live Stream) it will be the first Stanley Cup Final Game 7 to ever be played in Boston, and with it being a winner-take-all game the ticket prices to get in the door are understandably high.
Very, very, VERY high.
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Simply getting yourself in the door will cost you as much as $1,448 (on Vivid Seats) and as much as $1,570 on TicketMaster’s resale site or on Stubhub.
Those prices, of course, are for seats in the upper bowl, about as high in the balcony as you can get.
If you want to sit closer to the action those tickets are going for as high as $10,000 per ticket.
According to TicketIQ, the average price to get in to Wednesday’s game is $3,591. Just for some context on that number, the only potential championship clinching game in Boston sports history that had a higher ticket price was the 2019 Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams (obviously played at a neutral site, with an average cost of more than $4,500).
When it comes to potential clinching games actually played in Boston, the closest one was the 2013 World Series when the average cost to get into Fenway Park was $1,689.
This still does not compare to the average cost to get into Game 6 in St. Louis on Sunday night (which was one of the most expensive championship round tickets ever), but the circumstances between the two cities are a little different in the sense that Blues fans were hoping to see their team win its first ever championship. They were hoping to see history and demand was no doubt higher. Boston fans … well … let’s just say they have been fortunate to see a lot more championships over the past decade, so while demand is high for the chance to see a championship, it will not be quite as historic as it would have been in St. Louis.
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