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Plenty of Canucks fans buying tickets in Boston, Bruins fans not as willing to travel to Vancovuer

Jun 1, 2011, 4:43 AM EDT


Yesterday we put up some rough statistics about aftermarket ticket prices following a cursory glance over at StubHub. Here’s the short story: tickets are expensive in Boston and crazy expensive in Vancouver. Since then, we’ve acquired a few more numbers directly from Stubhub to give a better picture of just how strong the demand has been for tickets this year.

Over 1,400 tickets combined for all four potential games in Vancouver. Fans are looking at prices in the $800 range just to get in the building. There are about 250 tickets for Game 1 on Wednesday and 500+ tickets for Game 2 on Saturday.

On the other hand,over 7,000 tickets combined for all three potential games in Boston. It’ll only cost fans in the $500 range to get into TD Banknorth Garden. According to the folks at StubHub, the prices have been holding steady since last week.

As far as actual tickets that have already been sold, fans are paying an average price of $900 for Games 1 and 2 in Vancouver. The least expensive ticket purchased has been $400 (Upper Bowl Goal 319, Game 1), while the most money shelled out for a ticket has been $3,500 (Club 106, Game 1). For a point of reference, fans were paying an average price of $720 for Games 1 and 2 in Chicago.

In Boston, things are a little cheaper; fans are paying an average price of $670 for Games 3 and 4 in Boston. The range of tickets purchased has been $375 (Balcony Side 330, Game 3) to $4,724 (Loge Glass 11, Game 3). At this time last year, fans were paying an average price of $575 for Games 3 and 4 in Philadelphia.

The most interesting figures have been where the ticket purchases have been coming from. Purchases for the games in Vancouver have been fairly predictiable: British Columbia 39% of purchases, Alberta 13%, Ontario and Washington each 8%, and California 7%. Who knew there were that many Bruins/Canucks fans in California? Surprisingly, buyers from New England states make up less than 2% of all purchases for games in Vancouver.

The story is a little different for the games being played in Boston. The top buyer states/provinces for the games in Boston are Massachusetts 36%, Ontario 11%, British Columbia 8%, New York 5%, New Hampshire and Alberta each 4%. New England states are accounting for 45% of the buyers for these games; but 25% of the buyers for these games are from Canada.

Do you think there will be a few Canuckleheads in Boston for Games 3 and 4?

  1. govtminion - Jun 1, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    I’m torn on Vancouver. That’s a ton of money… the upside, of course, is whenever the B’s take a penalty there’s a significant chance of boobs on camera. Downside to that is just as much chance of the Green Men showing up instead. Call it a wash.

  2. polegojim - Jun 1, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Come on Chowdaheads – it’s the STANLEY CUP FINALS.

    Fork it over – Vancouver is awesome – Cheer on those Bruin Bears on enemy soil.

  3. sanjosecupcrazy - Jun 1, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Beware, Boston fans….. As a San Jose Sharks season ticket holder, I can tell you that I’ve never dealt with more obnoxious, aggressive fans at a sporting event than I did with the Vancouver fans in Games 3 and 4 out here. (And I’ve been to a couple of Raider games). I went from having a great respect for the Canucks organization and their fans, to despising them in about 2 days. Definitely not sour grapes over losing the series — they definitely had the better team — but I’ve never seen such an obnoxious group of people at a sporting event and I can’t wait for Boston to break their hearts.


  4. demons87 - Jun 1, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    I think there are several factors.

    Since the Canucks clinched first, They could buy up all of the remaining tickets without Boston or Tampa fans knowing who would be playing them. When the Bruins clinched though, Vancouver fans could try to get in on those tickets as well.

    Bruins fans normally have the luxury of seeing them play in rival stadiums within 5 hours. They are not used to having to get on a plane to see a game. Canucks fans are.

    Finally, Vancouver has a whole nation pulling for them. Them winning would be like Team Canada winning again. Americans are not that loyal because there are so many American teams there is always one playing. It has been since 1989 when Calgary beat the Habs that there has been no american team in the finals. Since then, The Canucks are only the 7th Canadian team to have made the finals. None has won since 1993. So there is a lot of national pride,.

  5. homelanddefense - Jun 1, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    our sports dollars are eaten up back here in New England. We have some of the highest ticket prices in all 4 major sports. Plus the New England teams are all relevant so we dont get to focus our spending on 1 team like Vancouver does.

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