posted on February 14, 2013 12:43
Despite a four-month labor lockout, NHL season ticket prices league-wide are reportedly up nearly 6 percent from last season.
According to an annual study released by Team Marketing Report, a sports marketing research firm in Chicago, the NHL had the biggest increase among the major pro sports leagues. The average season-ticket price for non-premium seats is just over $61.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have the highest average ticket price at nearly $125, while the Dallas Stars have the cheapest ticket at just over $36. The Buffalo Sabres saw the biggest jump in price with an increase to more than $46.
If you want to get your hands on some last-minute Sabres tickets, the team has launched a new standby program that will allow fans to obtain tickets to soldout games.
The new contract between the players and owners requires teams to reserve more tickets for players, league officials and referees. When those tickets go unused, customers will be able to sign up for a standby program 48 hours before a home game, and the team will contact people directly several hours before the game to inform them that tickets are available.