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NHL Playoffs: Rangers-Flyers Match-up Most Expensive First Round Ticket

The NHL playoffs are finally here! Tonight the rivalry playoff match-up between the Rangers and Flyers kicks off and the series is already breaking records as the most expensive in the First Round of the playoffs. The fact that these teams haven’t met in the postseason since 1997, coupled with an intense rivalry, means the average price for a ticket to a game is $199. That’s 45% more than the league average for a ticket to a First Round playoff game.

stanleycup_playoff_vs_image_tampa_bay1Rangers fans are really the driving force behind this trend as they head into the series with a bit of an edge having secured home ice-advantage. Ticket prices for games played at MSG vs. Wells Fargo are on average 80% higher. This indicates that Rangers fans will be in strong attendance at home, a fact that doesn’t bode well for the Flyers, who have lost 8 straight games at MSG. Additionally, Game 5 is the most expensive of the series, when the Rangers return home to MSG after two away games. With an average ticket price of $256, Game 5 is also the most expensive First Round playoff game in the league.

This will be the 11th time these rivals meet in the postseason, and Philadelphia has won six of the first 10 meetings, including the last three.  This season both teams overcame sluggish starts to reach the playoffs, but they’re both clicking now. Game 1 will be important to the Rangers as they look to get off on the right foot against their long-time rival, so tune in tonight at 7pm ET as the series begins.

Rangers Opening Day As Told by Twitter

It was an unusual Opening Day for the Rangers, with multiple players out with injuries, including Cy Young finalist Yu Darvish. Despite a heart-breaking loss after coming back from a six-run deficit, Rangers fans were some of the loudest on Twitter during Opening Day, logging an impressive 7,082 tweets with the hashtag #RangersOpeningDay in just 24 hours.

We’ve gathered and analyzed more than 30,000 OpeningDay tweets to identify the top hashtags, conversations, and people leading discussing around the Rangers for Opening Day 2014.

Top Hashtags
#RangersOpeningDay, #Texas Rangers, #GoRangers

Top  Conversations & Breakdown

  • Opening Day statue incident (23% of Tweets)
  • Texas Rangers give up Opening Day record for runs (17%)
  • Major players being out & Tanner Scheppers starting as pitcher (10%)
  • Texas Rangers sell out of “Bacon on a stick” at Opening Day (7%)

Top 10 Tweeters

@hannahbaugh

@hannahbaugh - Small town girl. 22. SOSU Senior. Hopeless Romantic. Baseball is my love. Life-long Texas Rangers fan. Texas Forever.

@TexRangersFan34@TexRangersFan34 – Texas Rangers Baseball since 1994, Sons of Anarchy, SNL, The League, Kroll Show, Inside Amy Schumer, sarcasm, screenshots #RangersAfterDark

@espn_durrett@espn_durrett - Writer and blogger covering Texas Rangers and other sports at ESPN Dallas. Host of Turf Talk with Cowboys CB Mo Claiborne on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM.

@lmweatherall@lmweatherall - Lifetime Texas Rangers fan who is misplaced in CA. Staff Writer for Nolan Writin’.com. I love the Aggies, Nolan Ryan and the Great State of TEXAS.

@drewdavison@drewdavison – Cover the Texas Rangers for the @startelegram, along with Big 12 hoops and Texas Motor Speedway.

@dwcash159@dwcash159 – Long-time Rangers fan and blogger. You can listen to Ben Dieter and me on the Ranger Report weekly on BTR. Co-Editor for Nolan Writin

FSSWGirls@FSSWGirls – FOX Sports Southwest Girls, Kaime and Liddy, are Fan Ambassadors for #Rangers, #Stars, #Mavs, #Cowboys, #Texans, #Big12, #TMS

@davysee9too@davysee9too – DJ to my own party. The best diamonds are the ones we play on. Everything’s bigger in Texas. Rangers correspondent for The MLB Talk 101. ΔΑΩ 81.

@Tx_Baseball_Fan@Tx_Baseball_Fan – I love baseball & I will live-tweet most Ranger games. Also I’m not even gonna pretend I’m not obsessed w some MLB catchers & Mike Napoli.

@JeffWilson_FWST@JeffWilson_FWST – Covers the Texas Rangers for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Join Us for a NCAA Final Four Hangout with Chip Brown, Kris Hughes & Jeff Kubiszyn

We are heading for a crazy, classic, all-time great NCAA Final Four and we’re excited to have some top sports journalists join us for a fan-focused discussion on what the 2014 championship in Dallas will bring.  Here are the details:

When: April 1, 2014 @ 12:15pm CT

Where: The hangout will stream live at this blog post link.

What: Everyone’s buzzing about who will go all the way.  We’re hosting a Google Hangout featuring some of the smartest folks in sports to ask: what does the 2014 Final Four mean to fans- and what can you expect if you’re heading to Cowboy’s stadium this weekend?

Who’s Joining: 

1d2ea35b6b92ec15ff0786c93c61c9a8Chip Brown (@ChipBrownOB) Chip is a writer for Orangebloods.com, as well as an on-air personality at 104.9 The Horn.  Before joining OB, Chip was a reporter at The Dallas Morning News, where he covered the Longhorns and Cowboys.

af2gsBKCKris Hughes (@Kris_Hughes) Chris is currently the hiring manager at Rant Sports and is a contributor for Lindy’s Sports Mag.  Kris is also a former collegiate basketball player and collegiate recruiter.

a32fc74fdbe012ed80a7d7463e8fd68dJeff Kubiszyn (@JeffKubiszyn) Jeff is a writer for Rant Sports, Fansided and LaSportsa Nostra.

Top 10 Most Expensive MLB Opening Day Tickets

For many baseball fans, Opening Day serves as a symbol of rebirth, a chance to forget last season and start fresh with a 0-0 record. This translates into record ticket demand, as fans clamor for a seat to the game.  A ranking of the top 10 most expensive MLB Opening Day tickets can be found here.

While most of North America was fast asleep, the first Opening Day game in 2014 took place on March 22nd on a cricket field in Australia, with both games expected to draw over 40,000 fans.  Excluding the prime-time Padres-Dodgers match-up on March 30th, all other MLB teams will kick off their 2014 season on March 31st or April 1. A few match-ups that stand out on the list:

Opening Day TicketsMilwaukee Brewers at Boston Red Sox, April 4  With last season’s World Series Championship title under their belt, the average ticket price for the Red Sox Opening Day game is currently $265. Ticket prices are up 143% compared to last year’s opening game (average ticket price in 2013 was $109). The Red Sox are also playing in the second most-expensive Opening Day game of the season against the Baltimore Orioles’ at Oriole Park.

Philadelphia Phillies at Texas Rangers, March 31st - Texas Rangers Opening Day ticket prices are up 30% from last year. The investments the Rangers made in their rooster during the off season seem to have re-ignited fans after the team fell short last season. Additionally, Phillies opening day starter Cliff Lee will be making his first return to Arlington since leaving Texas Rangers following the 2010 World Series.

Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals, April 7 - Rivals Cincinnati and St. Louis hold the #4 & #5 spots for both Opening Day games. Last year’s MVP Michael Wacha will start in the Cardinals home opener against their rival Cincinnati.  The last time these two teams faced each other, Wacha held the Reds to six scoreless innings, allowing just 3 hits.  The average ticket price for both Opening Day events is $157.

 

Maple Leafs Rank #1 For Best Fans Second Year in a Row

When we released our study of the “Most Engaged” Fan Bases in the NHL post-lockout last season, the results definitely sparked some debate.  Everyone has an opinion about who are the best and worst fans in the league, and that’s why we’ve taken a data-driven approach to rank the team’s that do the best at engaging their fans both online and offline.  We look at things like game attendance, social media following and ticket demand to determine the final ranking.

Based on the study, we found the NHL has seen huge growth in their communities on social media post last season’s lockout.  In fact, the average growth rate in Twitter followers for the league was 56%, with some teams like the Maple Leafs and Blackhawks nearly doubling their follower base over the course of the season. The official Facebook communities for each franchise also experienced growth, although not as extreme (+22% increase in likes).

Who were the “winners”? Coming off a championship year, the Blackhawks made one of the most dramatic jumps in the league, climbing from #7 to #3 on the list.  The Bruins also increased their rank from #4 to #2, as a New England region that had been rocked by tragedies rallied around the Bruins during their Stanley Cup run.

And of course, there’s no ignoring the Leafs, who now hold the #1 spot for the second consecutive year. Despite a 46 year championship drought, the Maple Leafs hold the #1 or #2 spot in the league for the most Twitter followers, highest average attendance, and most expensive ticket on the secondary market (average ticket price is $191).

Check out the graphic below to find out where your team ranks, and let us know if the comments if you agree!

best and worst nhl fan bases

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