A perfect storm is brewing in professional sports, as fans will be treated to the spectacle of big hockey and basketball games within the space of a week. However, many of them will could be forced to cough up a pretty penny if they hope to attend any of the events on offer.
The National Hockey League finds itself hosting two high-profile elimination games, while the National Basketball Association's Finals kick off with a much-hyped matchup between Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James and Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry.
Yet let the buyer beware. Fans hoping to watch these historic matchups in person may need a second mortgage just to afford the price of admission.
On Friday, the New York Rangers fell short in a Game 7 against the triumphant Tampa Bay Lightning. Despite the crushed hopes of Rangers fans, however, ticket sellers were laughing all the way to the bank.
Seats at the Rangers-Lightning face off were a whopping 73 percent more expensive than last year's Game 7 between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center. They were also 156 percent more expensive than 2011, when the Lightning took on the Bruins at the Garden.
The average price for Game 7 was $1,240, while the get-in price was $550, according to secondary ticket site TiqIQ. The most expensive seat in the house was rink side and cost more than $16,000.