When the Boston Bruins face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, it will mark the fourth time since 2012 that any Boston pro team has hosted a Game 7, and the game will likely be the second most expensive of the four.
According to TicketIQ.com, the average asking price on the secondary market for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Quarterfinals is $382. Only the 2014 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Montreal Canadiens, at $578.90, was more expensive.
Wednesday’s game marks the first time since that Canadiens game that Boston has hosted an NHL Game 7. But since 2012, the Boston Celtics have hosted two – NBA semifinals in 2017 and 2012. The 2017 matchup with the Washington Wizards was the pricier of the two at $377.20 on the secondary market. The 2012 game against the Philadelphia 76ers settled at $280.82.
As Boston prepares for more hockey hoopla, fans can rest a little easy knowing that paying $382 for Game 7 is a steal in this sense – fans paid more than $650 for a seat for the three games at Toronto’s Air Canada Arena. In Boston, though, fans were less willing to fork over the big bucks – Game 1 cost an average of $185, Game 2 $273 and Game 4 $289. In fact, the $197 get-in price for tomorrow’s game is more than the average price for Game 1. Of course, there’s no guess work to Wednesday’s game – the winner will advance to the Eastern Conference Finals against Tampa Bay, a 4-1 winner against New Jersey.
According to TicketIQ, the average for the previous three semifinal series games in Boston was $249, and Game 7 represents a premium of more than 50 percent.
While the Bruins have experience in their favor, the Maple Leafs have momentum. Boston had a 3-1 series lead before Toronto won two consecutive, including a 3-1 victory in Game 6.