Want to see a big game? Be prepared to pay big $

Bryce Boese – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Since the 1950’s, ticket prices for major American sporting events have increased by over 300 percent. Different markets see different ticket prices.

Much of the increase is a simple case of supply and demand.  For example, the NHL’S Tampa Bay Lightning are located about an hour north of Lakewood Ranch, and are celebrating their twenty-fifth anniversary in the league this year. In 2013, the average ticket price for a Lightning game was $49.00, compared to $137.00 today. That is a 179 percent increase over four years.

This isn’t just happening in the NHL either, all major sport leagues have seen huge ticket price increases over the course of the past 50 years.

In 1985, the highest average ticket price in the NFL belonged to the Los Angeles Rams at $19 a ticket. However, in 2014, the New England Patriots held the honor of most expensive ticket on average at $122 a ticket.

All these tickets were for just regular season games; when it comes to playoff games the tickets of prices skyrocket.

As the upcoming Super Bowl, the average price of a ticket is $6,931. That is a significant increase over the average price of a Super Bowl ticket in 2017, which was $4,320.

In 2016, the NHL’s Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks had an average ticket price of $601. This may not seem that drastic, but compared to Pittsburgh’s regular season ticket price of $141 per ticket and San Jose’s league low $94, there is a huge change.

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