Interested in taking in a game in the Islanders’ first-round playoff series against the Penguins? It might be cheaper to drive to Pittsburgh, including travel costs, than to get into NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum.
According to TicketIQ, which aggregates a number of resale sites, the average asking price for games at the Coliseum ranks third behind only the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vegas Golden Knights among all NHL playoff venues, and is more than double the average for games in Pittsburgh.
As of Thursday morning, the average asking prices for Games 2, 5 and 7 at the Coliseum were $346, $453 and $526, and the least expensive tickets being offered were $220, $175 and $206.
In Pittsburgh, the average asking prices for Games 3, 4 and 6 were $222, $149 and $188, and the least expensive were $84, $73 and $80.
Data from Vivid Seats showed a similar dynamic, with a median asking price for the Islanders’ home playoff games of $298, behind only the Maple Leafs and Golden Knights, while the median for Penguins tickets was $145, last among the 16 playoff teams.
At Seat Geek, the average Islanders ticket was $244, again behind on the Leafs and Golden Knights, compared with only $136 for the Penguins.
Seat Geek said the Islanders’ 2016 first-round games at Barclays Center averaged $130, compared with $209 for the previous first-round series at the Coliseum in 2015.