As the New York Rangers head to the Stanley Cup finals next week for the first time in 20 years, tickets are reaching heights worthy of the Super Bowl.
Though the average price for a Super Bowl ticket runs slightly higher, at $2,567, getting in the door at a Stanley Cup game may cost just a bit more, according to data compiled by online ticket price comparison site TiqIQ. At $1,573, the minimum ticket price for a seat at the final Stanley Cup game costs $59 more than one for the 2013 Super Bowl.
This year's average minimum is also higher than the one for last year's Bruins versus Blackhawks Stanley Cup battle. Minimum entry to that game was $1,503.39 once tickets hit the aftermarket vendors.
Yet it is probably their return to the finals after an absence spanning two decades that has fans shelling out wads of cash for a seat at the games, said Chris Matcovich, vice president of data and communications for TipIQ.
"I think as far as fan loyalty goes, at least for home games, the Rangers are one of the top teams, right up there with the Green Bay Packers," Matcovich said. "They have a really die-hard fan base that will go and see them whether they are winning or losing."
The Rangers have several days off before starting the Cup finals June 4. They await the winner of the Los Angeles Kings-Chicago Blackhawks series.
The team plays its home games at Madison Square Garden—and New Yorkers tend to have a lot of disposable income, Matcovich said.
Here is a breakdown of how much tickets are currently selling for each game: