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Want last-minute tickets to 2012 Winter Classic? It’ll cost you

Dec 28, 2011, 7:54 PM EDT

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Want to get your hands on the best 2012 Winter Classic tickets that are available? If you base that assessment on cost alone, the asking price for tickets on Terrace 330 are just $9,999 each on StubHub.com as of this writing.

As Dan Gelston’s interesting Associated Press piece shows, the Winter Classic has morphed into a spend-happy spectacle on the scale of marquee events like Wrestlemania, college bowl games and (some might even say) the Super Bowl. Even the alumni games are becoming big business; the most expensive secondary market tickets are at an even $10,000 right now.

(Stubhub estimates that those tickets would arrive on Dec. 30. No word on whether or not they’ll be delivered in a armored vehicle within an envelope made of pure gold.)

Early estimates indicate that about 175,000 fans will attend “open-air events” revolving around the Winter Classic, from college hockey games to public skates.

It all sounds like an overwhelming behemoth of an event, which naturally spawns the next question: which city will be next? That is still to be determined, but the word is that the NHL would eventually like to hash out such plans 14-15 months ahead of time as the Winter Classic evolves.

By then, Stubhub auctioneers might just ask for your mortgage.

  1. psujay - Dec 28, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    “Early estimates indicate that about 175,000 fans will attend “open-air events” revolving around the Winter Classic, from college hockey games to public skates.”

    Not to mention thousands expected for a Wendesday high school game between The Hill School of Pottstown, PA and NJ’s Lawrenceville Prep, two boarding schools with one of the oldest high school rivalries in the country.

    https://alumni.thehill.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=524

  2. firemarshal1 - Dec 28, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    People are morons if they pay more 10-20 percent above face value.

  3. stakex - Dec 29, 2011 at 3:51 AM

    Its one thing if you were able to buy a ticket to the Winter Classic at face value, but I really couldn’t see paying anything more to go to the game. I mean other then the novely value of saying “Hey, I was there”…. I don’t get the draw of actually going to the out door games, especially paying outrageous prices to do it. The view isn’t that great for the majority of the seats, and the weather could be nasty.

    To me, the best seats in the house are on my couch at home in front of my 55 inch TV. Funny enough, my TV probably cost less then tickets to the game would have… yet it will have the best view of the action. One of lifes little ironies.

  4. rexadelphia8 - Dec 29, 2011 at 8:03 AM

    Serious b.s. To go to the phillies stadium for ten grand, I’ll wait for baseball time and watch hockey indoors, true fans can’t afford to go. Yuppies will be taken over and the crowd will be quiet

  5. brucewaynewins - Jan 2, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    I’m using every penny I’ve got to buy tickets next year and reselling them. Forget this “job” business.

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