On Ticketmaster, the most expensive tickets to Saturday night’s game cost $ 12,000 each. Adding to the financial barrier, the fact that tickets are only sold in pairs. This means that an evening for two could cost $ 24,000 for a view in section 100 near the blue line.
While the $ 12,000 price tag is an outlier, there are no tickets currently on offer on StubHub or Ticketmaster that cost less than $ 1,500 each.
Game six will be the first time fans will be hosted at the Bell Center to cheer on the Canadiens this year, as COVID-19 restrictions meant live sporting events were to be played without fans. But as the number of cases declines, parts of the country are easing restrictions.
As of today, the Government of Quebec allows indoor venues to accommodate up to 2,500 people divided into independent zones of 250.
At the Bell Center, 2,500 people would represent about 12 percent of the room’s capacity.
This helps explain the inflated ticket prices.
While tickets for the game have been made available to season pass holders, it’s unclear how much they originally cost.
The Canadians did not immediately return a request for comment.
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Teams donate seats for frontline workers
Last week, Alberta issued an exemption for 12 health workers to attend the first game between the Oilers and the Jets as a thank you.
“This is just a small testament to Alberta’s appreciation for the tireless work that has protected Albertans during these very difficult 15 months on behalf of all of our health care workers,” said the Premier from Alberta, Jason Kenney.
Some supporters have suggested the Canadians could have done something similar.
I just can’t with the prices of #Habs hockey tickets for Saturday night. $ 6,500 a pair? At this point, I agree that they should have gone to see nurses, doctors, grocery store workers …
Donating tickets to health workers and other frontline workers has become increasingly common for NHL teams during the pandemic.
The New Jersey Devils donated 10,000 tickets for the 2020-2021 season to frontline health workers “as a thank you and support to those battling the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.”
In March, the Pittsburgh Penguins welcomed 100 essential workers to a home game against the Buffalo Sabers as part of their Essential Workers Salute competition.
The St. Louis Blues have also reserved tickets for their first home game of the season for health workers. The game included a “special dedication puck honoring frontline workers and the heroic work they have done in our community over the past 10 months.”