In the world of professional hockeyNo two teams are created equal – and according to some eye-opening data, so is the fan experience.
Fans across the country face huge price disparities when it comes to attending a NHL the game and the amount of access to the wallet all depends on where you go to the game.
Online gambling site Time2Play has summed up its numbers the cost for a fan to attend an NHL game in every franchise city and although the cost of attending is not cheap not at all arena, the cost of an average fan experience in some Canadian cities is nothing short of amazing.
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Time2Play looked at the price for an individual ticket plus two beers, a hot dog (sadly yes, only one) and parking, plus the cost of all four to determine their rank.
By far the most expensive Canadian city – surprise, surprise – is Toronto, where the cost of a single-person Maple Leafs game is $240.78. In fact, Leafs fans paid the second highest bid to attend a league-wide game, with only the New York Rangers having a higher total, at $247.99.
On the other side of the Canadian coin, fans of the Ottawa Senators get the biggest bang for their buck with the average cost of a game at around $123.13. But Sens isn’t the cheapest experience across the league; Lower costs to see the Florida Panthers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Buffalo Sabers and Arizona Coyotes.
The other five Canadian teams fall somewhere in between, with the Montreal Canadaiens coming in as the second most expensive fan experience in Canada at $196.79 per game. Vancouver Canucks fans pay the third-highest amount of NHL Canada fans, at a cost of $159.49 per game.
Edmonton Oilers fans are paying somewhere in the middle of the pack, with the game experience for $159.18, while Winnipeg Jets fans have the third cheapest game to attend in Canada, at 139, 11 dollars.
Calgary Flames fans have relatively cheap game day deals, paying just $4 more than Senators fans, at $127.48 per game.
Time2Play’s Ben Treanor told Global News he’s eager to consider the cost of attending an NHL game, given he’s deeply interested in hockey and is a huge fan of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Treanor, a digital PR specialist, told Global News: “I’ve noticed for the past ten years or so, the cost of bringing a family to see a game in Chicago has gotten out of control. “When you factor in parking and snacks, it’s not uncommon for you to spend $500 or more to bring a family of four to a game – and that’s with below-average seats. .”
It wasn’t all doom and gloom, though: Treanor said he was surprised by some of the data, and pointed out that there was great value in some locations.
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“The cheapest experience on the list is in Phoenix, and it’s an insanely great place to go during the winter months when the hockey season is in full swing.”
Treanor said he hopes the NHL realizes how quickly the average person gets into live games and does something to fix that.
“If we want young people today to maintain an interest in the NHL as they grow up, we have to make sure they have access to live games during their formative years so they can build make memories that last a lifetime,” he said. “I suggest teams organize family days more often or even offer discounted tickets for kids traveling with their parents, just to make things a little more affordable.”
Before The official start of the hockey season This week, Canadians can still take solace that they don’t have to bear the league’s highest prices for beer and hot dogs.
Time2Play found out that Rangers fans pay a staggering $19.75 for a pint and Seattle Kraken fans have to drop more than $10.50 for a single hot dog.
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