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Ticket prices have plummeted for Game 4 at MSG

Jun 10, 2014, 4:52 PM EDT

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With their team down 3-0 in the Stanley Cup Final, it seems New York Rangers fans aren’t so desperate to get into Madison Square Garden for Wednesday’s Game 4 versus the Los Angeles Kings.

From ticket search engine SeatGeek:

The average price on the secondary market so far today is $904, down 40% from an average of $1,525 just yesterday and down 53% from an average of $1,937 per ticket this time last week (prior to the start of the series). The get-in price is now at $432 for Game 4, which is below face value for the 400-level seats at MSG ($484.45, fees included, is the lowest face value for the Stanley Cup Finals games at the Garden). This time yesterday, the get-in price for Game 4 was more than double what it is now at $919 per ticket, and it was at $1,089 a week ago.

To put these Game 4 numbers in further context, tickets for Game 3 last night went for an average of $1,558 on the secondary market after all was said and done. That made it the most expensive Stanley Cup Finals game since Game 7 of Canucks-Bruins in Vancouver in 2011, which drew an average ticket price of $1,928.

If the Rangers end up winning Wednesday, the cheapest price for Game 5 on Friday in Los Angeles is, right now, $730.

Related: After two great games, Game 3 was a big dud in the Big Apple

  1. flyboystransport - Jun 10, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Why are the prices going down?

    • areaman714 - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      Because Kings fans don’t want to fly out to see them clinch . . .

      • 22lakings22 - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:03 PM

        We all know you’re a Ducks fan, so this is obviously a cheap shot at Kings fans not wanting to sell an arm & a leg to fly to New York. If all goes well & we sweep, we’ll still be just as proud of the Kings when they come home. You’re one to talk given that very few Ducks fans made the 40 minute drive to Staples Center during Round 2. Troll.

      • 950003cups - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:06 PM

        If the Kings sweep, I might fly out to LA and celebrate with them as they exit the aircraft. I’ll of course be wearing my Devils jersey. Gotta represent!!!

        GO KINGS GO!!!

      • areaman714 - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:23 PM

        It wasn’t a cheap shot. If the Ducks were in the same position, no way way I fly to New York and pay the flight, hotel and ticket costs for a Stanley Cup Final game. That would exceed one of my season tickets for next year . . .

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      …..drunkenly spectating a hockey game is one of the great joys in life (have to imagine doing so in the playoffs makes it better tenfold, but as a Leafs fan that’s just conjecture) however, without real beer and a marginally competitive Yankees team that fact appears to be lost on the yuppies.

  2. areaman714 - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    As expected . . . the West > East. Any of the last four West teams could handle the Rangers pretty well.

    • flyerspsu - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      the Bruins are the only elite East team that can go with the best of the West

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:56 PM

        Yet they aren’t doing just that. Funny how playoff time works.

      • imleftcoast - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        They were 18 seconds from a Game 7 last year.

  3. flyerspsu - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    if you can get a cheap ticket you go, if the Rangers win it will be an awesome atmosphere, the same thing happened when the Flyers went down 3-0 to the Bruins, me and my friends all got cheap $30 tix for game 4 and it turned out to be one of the best sporting events I ever went to

    • billiam55 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      one of the greatest comebacks ever. if only rangers could do that,.

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      I got tix for $40 right behind the glass for that game 4, you’re $30 price tag beats me, sir

    • nyrnashty - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      The new corporate MSG sucks, just like new corporate Yankee Stadium, you’re better off watching the game from home regardless of the cost of the ticket, it’s still going to be over priced. The real fan has been priced out of games in NY. I would also mention Giants/Jets, but they’re no longer NY, they just like to pretend they are…like the whole world doesn’t know they play in Jersey, I guess you can still call the Brooklyn Nets Jersey since they once played here. This whole area is obscene with the cost of tickets…kind of takes the fun out of going.

  4. 950003cups - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    The tickets dropped because 90% of their fans are 100% fairweather bandwagoneers, who care more about the new coach of the Knicks than its home team making a rally comeback. What a total waste of a fan base.

    • 7mantel - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      nj only averaged just over 15,000 per game and how many of those were NYR fans ?

      • 950003cups - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:31 PM

        The question really is, how many of your attendees are actually fans, and how many are freebee corporate types in suits. The entire lower bowls in MSG are all corporate execs with there spoiled kids pasting their faces on the glass wearing jerseys with the rags still on them from the gift shop downstairs.

        NEVER COMPARE! Devils fans are way more passionate and louder in the playoffs, even when were down!

        Losers! You’re down 3-0 and tickets are plummeting. LOLOL. Yeah! That’s a passionate fanbase. Lol

      • 7mantel - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:39 PM

        GROW UP LITTLE MAN !!!

      • 950003cups - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        That’s your response?
        You people suck

    • stakex - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:13 AM

      Cups, just don’t…. this isn’t a favorable debate for you. I’ve been going to Rangers and Devils games for two decades now…. and its not even close. Devils games have the worst atmosphere of any hockey game I have ever gone to, and Devils fans scatter when their team sucks. Every Rangers game I went to in their seven games playoff drought was still a sellout (or near sellout), and the crowd was rocking. I was at several Devils games this year………. and not so much.

      Perfect example was the ECF two years ago. I was at both games 3 and 4, in Newark. It was almost as loud during game three when the Rangers won, as it was for game four when the Devils won. A pretty sad fact, considering the crowd was only about 30% Rangers fans. The same was not true when the Devils won at the Garden….. that building was more like a tomb.

      Also, a lot of the Devils seats are held by corporate execs as well. That’s actually how I get my tickets to Devils games… from a corporate exec who’s company has a lot of season tickets.

      • 950003cups - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        I notice how you skipped game 6, when the rangers were down 3-2 in games and NO RAGS WERE THERE. Typical of the history of the fan base. Just like the way they are dropping prices on tickets now. That’s what happens when 70% of your own fans are corporate suits.

        You can keep your freebee client fans. I’ll take blue collared Devils fans ANY DAY OF THE WEEK.

        Nobody said you didn’t have a larger fan base. I said they were mostly front-running band-wagoneers. Plus, like I always said, you had a 60 year head start

    • caspermilktoast - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      “Devils fans”??? REALLY???? – as a Flyers fan you cant say that.
      Putting the “S” on the end of “FAN” means more than one Devils fan.
      Your building gets sold out only when the Rangers and Flyers fans make the trek to the corner of “stabme and run” in the beautiful spot we call “The Ghetto”.
      Or maybe when they have “buy one ticket and get four for free” nights.
      Or free Colt-45 malt Liquor night with every ticket purchased.
      Or get a free syringe night with every ticket purchased.
      Or Gun Amnesty night – 1 ticket for every gun returned to law enforcement.
      Devil fan”s” are nothing more than spurned Ranger fans who couldn’t afford Ranger tickets and New Jersey Transit costs on their welfare allowance.

      • 950003cups - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        You’re a Flyers fan? Talking about a city being dirty? They don’t call it Philthydelphia for its beauty. LOLOLOLOL

        You should stand clear from this conversation.

  5. terrier92 - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    I have four Bruins season tickets. My boys couldn’t make finals so I kept two and sold two to Vancover fan for game 3 and 4. Got 1500 a seat. Poor bastards left both games in second period. Both blowouts. Almost felt bad for them but thanked them for paying for my seats for following season.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:57 PM

      Never even think about feeling bad for a Van fan.

    • charastein - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      Key word being “almost.”

  6. 19to77 - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    What’s funny is that this is probably the only chance Rangers fans have to see them win a finals game. Either they lose tomorrow or the Kings rally and clinch it on Friday at home.

  7. Windmiller4 - Jun 10, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Wow, almost $2000 average for tickets in Vancouver in 2011, no wonder they rioted

    • 950003cups - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:04 PM


  8. martysbetter - Jun 10, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    This is hilarious, just 2 weeks ago those idiots on NY Sports Radio WFAN were legimately claiming that the Rangers unbelievable playoff run was going to launch the sport of hockey into the top 3 in the United States. The arrogance of NY sports fans is incredible.

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:43 PM

      I hope you aren’t just realizing this about New Yorkers now!

    • stakex - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      Well there is a bit of history behind such thinking. Hockey received a pretty big bump last time the Rangers won the Cup. The bump was short lived however, as the 1994-95 lockout happened just a few months later and blunted any possible momentum the league might have gained.

      Now I think its kind of idiotic to assume the same would happen this year. There were a lot of reasons that the 1994 Cup was huge news, and this year just doesn’t have the same amount of story lines. Still though, its always good for the sport when its big market teams playing in the finals…. and not Phoenix vs Florid or something.

      • 950003cups - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        Same kind of momentum that was halted after the 2012 Lockout? I believe it was record numbers for that year after play resumed. The 1994 Rangers did nothing more than bring in a bunch of NY front runners who disappeared as soon as the Knicks got back to the NBA Finals, and you never got them back.

  9. bleedrangerblue - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Thanks Mantel. Rangers away games in NJ are actually home games. 950003 lets not talk fan base.

    • 950003cups - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      Your loser organization had 60 year head start to build fans, yet the NY Knicks are the real MSG home team. Nobody in NY really cares about hockey. It’s a garbage organization with a garbage fanbase. It’s the only team that had to cancel a game because of asbestos in that decrepit dump hole. Also, NY is booting you out of MSG again.


      GO KINGS GO!!!!!

  10. bleedrangerblue - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Clueless. Typical Jersey trash. Your on your own from here….

    • 950003cups - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Hey numbnuts! Half your sad fanbase lives in NJ.

      Gotta love rags pride!
      “28 teams would love to be here” LOL
      “the refs cheated”
      “we don’t gets no bounces”
      “two games went to OT”
      “we outplayed them for 2 periods”

      Then my favorite. The one which shows how stupid their fans actually are
      “we have more fans than you”
      Yeah you do! You had a 60 year head start you loser!

      • stakex - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:31 AM

        You know what’s even funnier? Sitting around getting hard about the fact a rival team is going to fall just short of winning the Cup…. when you’re own team hasn’t even made the playoffs in two years.

        So sure, it sucks being a Rangers fan right now and you can revel in it all you want. Just remember though, you haven’t seen the Devils play a playoff game in years….. plural.

      • 950003cups - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:43 AM

        You’re a rangers fan. Shouldn’t you be on a Knicks blog?

      • hollywo0d - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        They also have two championships in 74 years. Making fun of attendance is literally the only play they have. What are they going to say? “Hahaha you losers only made it to the SCF 5 times since the last time we won one.”

  11. blomfeld - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    So ticket prices are plummeting eh ? …

    well that’s a real shame ! :)

  12. heynyc61 - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Face value in the 400 section is 180. Not 400. Poor research

  13. chrisk61 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    in 2010 when flyers were down 3-2 in scf vs chic and gm 6 was in phila, i sold a pair of great lower level blue line seats rather than go to what was best case of tying series and worst case of watching flyers lose scf. they were going for 2200-2400 per ticket. i sold at a discount, but still for 2000 per ticket, and they were sold in an hour. presumably a chic fan saw hawks win sc and i got 1/2 of next season’s tix pad for.

  14. vbcaps - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Economics baby !

  15. hollywo0d - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    What do you call a Rags or Flyers fan that rips on the Devils for their lack of success? Non-existent.

    Keep up that BS “you have no fans” argument that no one but the shareholders care about. 5 Stanley Cup Finals in the past 20 years winning 3. 1 cup in the last 74 years Ranger fans. You have absolutely zero room to crack on another fan base considering your team is about to get swept. Also, it tends to water down your points when half your arena “sells” out to corporate fat cats and wall street execs.

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