No such thing as 'cheap seats' for Stanley Cup Final Game 3

Fans cheer during the national anthem before Game

Fans cheer during the national anthem before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, May 29, 2014. (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

In the hours leading up to Game 3, demand on the secondary market remained strong for tickets to the Rangers' first home Stanley Cup Final game in 20 years.

Resellers had expected a decline after the team fell behind 2-0 in the series against the Kings, but sales Sunday for Game 3 averaged $1,640, down only modestly from a peak of $1,912 last Wednesday and Thursday, according to SeatGeek.com, which monitors the secondary market.

Overall since the start of the playoffs, as of Monday morning, tickets to Game 3 had sold for an average of $1,656, three times the average of $563 for Game 1 in Los Angeles.

SeatGeek said the estimated $9.6 million worth of Game 3 tickets that had been exchanged as of Monday morning was the highest figure it has seen for a single NHL Final or NBA Finals game.

(Game 6 of the World Series in Boston last year generated an estimated $11.7 million in sales, and Super Bowl XLVIII totaled $38.3 million.)

Another site that monitors the secondary market, TiqIQ.com, said the average asking price for the Rangers' potential three home Cup Final games as of Monday morning was $2,400.20, with a high of $2,810.87 for Game 6.

On Super Bowl Sunday, the lowest listed price for a ticket to MetLife Stadium was $1,514. The lowest price for a potential Game 6 of the Cup Final as of Monday was $1,662.

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