NHL Playoffs 2017: How Much Are Fans Shelling Out For a Good Ole Hockey Game

April 11, 2017

Canadian redemption is this year’s NHL playoff theme—which means it’s time to load up the beer helmet and start praying to the Hockey Gods (and rubbing anything lucky) that any of the 5 Canadian teams make it out of Round 1. Better yet, that we get to see the Red Mile vs Oil Slick if Western Canada’s greatest rivalry can make it out of California victorious.

The Round 1 headline: Leafs fans should head outside of Toronto if they want to be able to pay off hockey-related credit card charges this year.

With their first playoff berth in four years, we know Leafs fans will travel for this hockey fix, but based on ticket prices at the Air Canada Center, it looks like Toronto fans may have no choice but to travel. According to StubHubticket prices for games 3 and 4 start at $348 CAD, with lower bowl seats at $564 CAD. But if fans brave the almost 9-hour drive to catch a game in D.C., they’ll actually save money. That’s including gas, accommodation, and tickets to the game.

Here’s the breakdown for fans willing to brave D.C.

– Tickets: $45 USD ($90 for a pair)–for nose-bleeds

Average Hotel Price: $306/night USD– or $153/night if you bring a friend

Gas: $80 USD round-trip–aka $40 if said friend goes halfsies.

= Total: $238 USD ($317 CAD) each

That’s almost $31 CAD cheaper than one ticket at the ACC, and means you can afford to splurge on a beer or four. But if you cram three buds into your Honda Civic (and cuddle at night), the total cost is roughly $189 CAD.

Edmonton is hosting the San Jose Sharks, last year’s runner-up. The distance is basically a deal-breaker for travel, but that just means more affordable hotel rooms available for local and regional fans looking to have an alcoholically responsible puckin’ good night.

Date Hotels Within 2kms*
April 12 (Game 1 @ Edmonton) $120
April 14 (Game 2 @ Edmonton) $119
April 16 (Game 3 @ San Jose) $236
April 18 (Game 4 @ San Jose) $515
*Average price in CAD for a double room located within 2kms of hockey arena, based on searches from April 1 to April 11, 2017 on trivago.ca

The Calgary Flames and the Anaheim Ducks had a bit of a dust-up in the regular season – the Ducks won 4 out of 5, but not without serious penalties on both sides. This playoff match-up gives Mark Giordano and Cam Fowler a chance to settle “knee-gate” once and for all, with Game 1 hopefully incurring less than 106 penalty minutes.

Date Hotels Within 2kms*
April 13 (Game 1 @ Anaheim) $214
April 15 (Game 2 @ Anaheim) $204
April 17 (Game 3 @ Calgary) $199
April 19 (Game 4 @ Calgary) $265
*Average price in CAD for a double room located within 2kms of hockey arena, based on searches from April 1 to April 11, 2017 on trivago.ca

New York Rangers fans may want to consider heading up North for Games 3 and 4 against the Montréal Canadiens – individual tickets for nosebleeds in Madison Square Garden are hovering around $180-$187 USD. But fans willing to spend just $80 USD more (which includes gas money) can a have a weekend in “la belle province” that includes a ticket to Centre Bell and a hotel room to recover from the after-parties on St-Laurent.

Date Hotels within 2kms*
April 12 (Game 1 @ Montréal) $208
April 14 (Game 2 @ Montréal) $215
April 16 (Game 3 @ New York) $342
April 18 (Game 4 @ New York) $514
*Average price in CAD for a double room located within 2kms of hockey arena, based on searches from April 1 to April 11, 2017 on trivago.ca

Chicago kicks off its playoff run against former Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban and the Nashville Predators —and fans near and far should note that hotel prices are skyrocketing. Prices are hovering around $295-$360 for the first three games but jack up to $532 for Game 4.

Date Hotels Within 2kms*
April 13 (Game 1 @ Chicago) $298
April 15 (Game 2 @ Chicago) $327
April 17 (Game 3 @ Nashville) $296
April 20 (Game 4 @ Nashville) $522
*Average price in CAD for a double room located within 2kms of hockey arena, based on searches from April 1 to April 11, 2017 on trivago.ca

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins provide the league’s closest match-up — at least in terms of geographic proximity. Nationwide Arena and PPG Paints Arena are just 187 miles apart with split allegiances along the way. With Pittsburg as the No. 2 seed and the Blue Jackets No. 3, this promises to be a bare knuckle brawl of a first round.

Hotel prices for Games 1 and 2 in Pittsburgh don’t vary drastically from Games 4 and 5 in Columbus, so fans will need to think about travel distance and ticket prices to get the best deal.

Date Hotels Within 2kms*
April 12 (Game 1 @ Pittsburgh) $253
April 14 (Game 2 @ Pittsburgh) $213
April 16 (Game 3 @ Columbus) $186
April 18 (Game 4 @ Columbus) $244
*Average price in CAD for a double room located within 2kms of hockey arena, based on searches from April 1 to April 11, 2017 on trivago.ca

There’s a chance all of this will have changed by the time you scrolled through this. Even as we compiled our data, hotel prices for Game 4 in Nashville shot up by about 89%. That’s why we’ll be regularly checking prices throughout the playoffs, and answering media inquiries for up-to-date playoff data and on additional teams— so send a data request to Jayda.Fogel@trivago.com.

Feature image (c) Shawn Carpenter CC BY

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