Historic Demand for the 2018 Stanley Cup Final

With an incredible 2018 Stanley Cup Final on our hands, the demand for tickets has fallen right in line and created a historic demand for tickets. Below are some of the reasons as to why we are seeing such an uptick in average ticket prices and what those numbers look like compared to previous Stanley Cup Final games.

Despite being one of the most consistent playoff participants of the past decade in the NHL, the Washington Capitals are playing in just their second Stanley Cup Final ever, the first coming 20 years ago in a sweep by the Detroit Red Wings. While the Caps have built one of the most talented rosters in the league the last few seasons, all eyes are on Alexander Ovechkin, who was finally able to get past his personal rival – Sydney Crosby – and the Pittsburgh Penguins en route to the Cup. Already one of the greatest goal scorers the game has ever seen, much of the blame for the team’s lack of postseason success has been placed on his shoulders. But it’s finally time for one of the league’s most loyal fan bases to enjoy one of the game’s greats on the biggest stage.

No one had big – or maybe any – expectations heading into the inaugural season of the Vegas Golden Knights. Even GM George McPhee was preparing the fans for a five-year process to become contenders. All that changed from the moment they claimed the Pacific Division title. McPhee and coach Gerard Gallant can’t be heralded enough for what they’ve done in their first season at the helm, taking a band of misfits and making Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty eat his words that have been displayed before multiple Golden Knights home playoff games: “There’s no way they’re going to be a better team than us by the end of the season.” You can see the quote below displayed before the Conference Finals during the Vegas Golden Knights pregame ceremony.  That alone would have put this season over the top. But win or lose in this Stanley Cup Final, the Golden Knights finished better than 29 other teams this season, and along the way proved that they have a fan base capable of helping hockey thrive in the desert.

Here’s a look at the 10 highest ticket price averages in Stanley Cup Final games over the past five years. Just looking at the top five on the list, it’s easy to see what kind of impact this matchup has had on the hockey world. Ticket prices for the remaining games have started to drop a bit, creating an opportunity for fans to be thrifty in the event this series goes all seven games.

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