The story of the Vegas Golden Knights has been well told. First professional team in Las Vegas makes good by winning the NHL’s Pacific Division and reaching the Stanley Cup. The season was the best in the history of expansion teams in North America. And Vegas’ fans are saying thank you in the most tangible way – by pushing up demand for tickets.
The most remarkable story in recent sports history just keeps getting better and better. The average asking price for a 2018-19 Vegas Golden Knights ticket is $271, making it the second most expensive behind Toronto’s $332 average in the NHL. Ticket prices are up more than 38% over last season’s average price of $196, one of the biggest jumps in the league, according to secondary ticket marketplace TicketIQ.com.
Vegas had a stunning run through the post season, sweeping the L.A. Kings in the opening round, beating San Jose in six games in the second round and knocking off Winnipeg in five games in the Western Conference Final. The biggest change in the offseason was losing winger James Neal to Calgary. Other than that, Vegas’ biggest challenge will be living up to expectations.
Given the Golden Knights’ success, it’s no surprise that season tickets are sold out and while single-game tickets are available through primary market vendor AXS, many games at T-Mobile Arena are close sold out, including the October 4 home opener against the Philadelphia Flyers. For that game, AXS has primary market seats available in Section 223, Row L for $275. Seats in the same section are available on the resale market in Row H for $300.
The season opener at T-Mobile doesn’t crack the Top 5 priciest games on the secondary market this season. The single most expensive game is the January 19 Pittsburgh Penguins matchup, for which the average asking price is $327 on the secondary market, with a get-in price of $208. The Golden Knights and Pens played only twice last season, with each team winning at home.