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Despite Lockout, NHL Raises Ticket Prices for Fans

The NHL is skating on thin ice with fans, yet that’s not stopping the league from raising ticket prices for games this season and in future seasons. Despite the fact that the NHL just went through a lockout that shortened the season and robbed fans of a full season of hockey, the sport isn’t giving fans a break and have raised their prices higher than any other professional sport in America for the second consecutive year.

The average price of a non-premium ticket to an NHL game is currently $61.01, 5.7 percent higher than last season. By comparison, the average price for a ticket to an NFL game rose 2.5 percent to $78.38, 3.5 percent for an NBA game, which now costs on average $50.99 per ticket and the MLB remained flat at $26.98 for the average price of a ticket. The average cost for a family of four to go to an NHL game this season is $354.82, which includes tickets and things like drinks, hot dogs and parking, 7.9 percent higher than last season.

- SI.com Report

If you’re a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, you’re in a special group as at an average of $124.69, the Leafs boast the most expensive ticket in all of hockey. While the Leafs are not only the priciest ticket in Canada, but all of hockey, the Washington Capitals have the most expensive ticket among American teams. At $79.27, the Caps topped the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers respectively as the most expensive American ticket for hockey.

But Sabres fans are the unluckiest of all. Despite the fact tickets in Buffalo cost an average of $46.17, that’s a 26 percent increase from last season. Despite this increase in price, attendance throughout the NHL is actually up roughly 200 more people per game.

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