Saturday will be a monumental day in the history of the Los Angeles Kings, and unless you have fairly deep pockets, you likely won't be there to see the championship banner raised.
This is the first Stanley Cup the Kings have won, so it makes sense that it would be a packed house, but ticket prices are a bit out of control.
The aftermarket prices are dictated by both the original price and the demand for tickets, but it seems like the high pricetag for Saturday is mostly due to the organization. The Kings originally were selling tickets for $155 a pop, so seeing a $148 for nosebleeds means that someone may actually be losing money. And if you want to sit up near the glass, hopefully you have an extra $6,000 lying around somewhere, for one ticket.
Kelly Cheeseman, the Kings' COO, responded to how upset fans are, stating:
"Pricing is something we never take lightly, but in most cases I'll tell fans there's lots of options out there when it comes to purchasing Kings tickets. You look at the Vancouver game, the next [home] game, on Jan. 28, and we have $39 to $148.50 and also season-ticket members pay $13 to $118.50. We're sold out of season seats this year."
It's great that they've sold out of season tickets, because this team deserves all the support in the world, but the fact that they amounted to $13 per seat doesn't help the fact that the regular nosebleed tickets are $39 each. So, for two people to go to a game, it will cost approximately $78 for the worst seats available, then about $15 more for parking. This means fans will pay $93, not including taxes, just to get into the building with a friend, to see the game from the worst possible spot.
Granted, this isn't much different than if a person went to go see the Lakers or Clippers, but to see such a high base price, especially for a fan base that grew so much in the last year, is a bit odd.
Cheeseman went on to say that these tickets were priced and sold even before the lockout, but it still doesn't help to encourage the newfound fans of the sport to come and see the champs play.
Hopefully they'll run some promotions to keep the young fan base going strong, and that doesn't make the lifers empty their bank accounts to take their families to a game.