Average ticket resale price for Game 1 of Devils-Rangers series at MSG: $931.37

According to a report in the New York Times, the site TiqIQ.com has calculated that the average resale price for a ticket to Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals series between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden on Monday night came in at a jaw-dropping $931.37.

Given the geographical proximity between the two teams and the likelihood that there are reasonably twice as many people gunning for the same seats, it’s hardly surprising that demand for tickets was at an all-time high, and while the price of a ticket to see the teams play at the Prudential Center in Newark is spendy as well, the average price is nowhere close to what it’ll cost fans to attend a game at the legendary Madison Square Garden:

The average resale price for tickets to games at Madison Square Garden is $931.37, according to TiqIQ.com, which scans ticket resellers. That’s 52 percent higher than the average price, $614.93, to see games between the teams at the Prudential Center in Newark.

It is also 60 percent more than the average resale price to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Capitals on Saturday, according to TiqIQ.com.

The cheapest ticket to Game 1 Monday night at Madison Square Garden is a more reasonable $170.

Only $170? In New York, that’s a steal. In light of that bargain basement price, I suppose the average Rangers fan is presented with the following conundrum:

a) pay up, snatch a ticket for $170 and watch a great hockey game; or
b) save the cash in order to have the funds for the prorated daily amount to rent a 100-square-foot studio apartment in the Big Apple

It’s kind of a toss-up, really.

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