We all know the lockout last year was a squabble over money. What fans realized after the lockout was that it was going to cost them more and more to see their favorite teams play. When the dust settled and the report cleared, the Buffalo Sabres had the largest percentage increase in ticket prices at a large 26.7 percent increase.
That still puts the Buffalo Sabres in the bottom tier of the league where ticket prices are concerned, with the seventh cheapest ticket in the sport – with tickets averaging just 46.15 to watch a game.
But what about the secondary ticket market – as the Buffalo Sabres have a relatively high season ticket base, along with a waiting list of people who get first crack at tickets – so fans are typically sent to secondary markets such as scalpers, Stubhub and other means of picking up tickets for a Sabres game.
In a report by VividSeats - the Buffalo Sabres jump substantially in the league, going from seventh cheapest, to 13th most expensive. Sure its all in semantics, but that means they jump six teams – and go from bottom of the pack to the middle of the club.
The average median ticket price for Buffalo Sabres fans on secondary markets is $103 per ticket. That is probably not a good barometer – as I am sure that the times when the Toronto Maple Leafs come to down spike that average up. I know several season ticket holders that sell their Toronto games to people North of the border to pay for their season tickets for the year, or at least significantly offset the cost.
It is no surprise that Toronto Maple Leafs fans will shell out plenty of money for tickets on the secondary market – they are the highest priced team on the secondary market with the average ticket being resold for an average of $320 per ticket.
The Winnipeg Jets come in second most expensive with the average ticket being resold for $230.
The cheapest tickets in the league on the secondary market are the Phoenix, so if your every vacationing is desert country – picking up a game is only going to cost you between 50-80 dollars on the secondary market.
The most expensive games to get tickets to? When the Montreal Canadiens visit the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tickets resell for $550 dollars each to watch that game at the Air Canada Center. The Buffalo Sabres appear on the report twice in the top 30 most expensive games this season, with resale tickets for the two visits to Air Canada Center fetching right around $350 dollars a seat.
The Buffalo Sabres are the seventh most expensive team in the United States when it comes to buying tickets away from the box office.