Finally, the Bruins have come back to Boston.
Hey guys, my name is Christian and I’m a ticket addict. I spend so much time looking at ticket deals across the “interwebs” that I turned it into my full-time job (read below). Basically, I do the dirty work in the corners, talking to season ticket holders and scanning multiple websites with one goal in mind: Find the best Bruins ticket deals.
So what am I doing on TheBruinsBlog.net today? Just a little guest-blogging on the upcoming ticket market, that’s all.
While the puck officially dropped on the 2010-11 season almost two weeks ago, local fans have yet to witness the B’s take the Garden ice. Fortunately, the wait is over. The most anticipated season in recent memory has finally arrived, hitting Causeway St. with three straight games starting tonight vs. the Caps. So if you’re fired up to see the HuLK line in person, here’s a rundown on the ticket scene:
Thursday, Oct 21 vs Washington Capitals – 7 p.m.
As you may have guessed, this game is HOT. Not only is this the home-opener for a team expected by many to make a strong run at Lord Stanley, but you also have a fan base itching for some hockey on home ice. When you add to the equation the introduction of Seguin, the HuLK line, Tuuuuuuuuuka, and Steven Tyler (hmmm … maybe not), you’ve got the perfect storm for a banged-out Garden. The good news is there are plenty of tickets available. The bad news is you’re not going to find any at face value.
*Least Expensive – $80 per ticket, including fees. Unfortunately these are the top few rows of the Balcony End, so you’re paying almost twice face value for disappointing seats. You have a couple options on StubHub and TicketNetwork.
*Best Value – Loge 14, Row 6, $131/per seat, including fees. Pretty good deal considering the market. The catch? You need to buy three seats, which can be tough. The seats are near the face-off circle, here’s your view (just plug in the section). Tickets are available here.
*Single Tickets – Plenty of Loge and Club Level seats available direct from the box office. So if you’re looking to get inside the house tonight and not pay over face value, this is your option.
Saturday, Oct 23 vs New York Rangers – 7 p.m.
Unlike opening night, the box office still has a few pairs available at face value, from Balcony to Loge to Club Level. Obviously you’re paying box-office price, which is still much higher than season ticket face value. (When possible, seek out season ticket holders to save money.) Because it’s a Saturday night and the New Yorkers are in town, this is yet again another sellers market, especially if the B’s put on an impressive performance tonight.
*Least Expensive – $65 per ticket, including fees. This will get you into the upper levels of the Balcony, rows 13-15. The TicketNetwork is your spot for these seats.
*Best Value – Prom 19, Row 1, $95/per seat, including fees. Real solid deal and I’m not sure how long these will last. If you’re looking to catch the game, these are your seats – get them here.
Thursday, Oct 28 vs Toronto Maple Leafs – 7 p.m.
Have you looked at the standings yet? The Leafs are undefeated? Tell me about it, I was shocked too. So beyond the Kessel factor, assuming that’s still in play, you have a chance to see the Bruins take on the team leading the Northeast Division without breaking the bank. If value is important to you, this is my pick. Tickets are available and relatively inexpensive compared to the previous two.
*Least Expensive – $40 per ticket, including fees. Once again Balcony seats, but you have more options to choose from, including a few pairs in rows 8-10. Tickets are available from all the major online marketplaces.
*Best Value – Loge 16, Row 24, $65/per seat, including fees. Obviously the cheapest Loge level seats out of the first three games, and about half the cost of opening night. TicketsNow is selling them here.
And that wraps it up for this week. Three games, three interesting match-ups, and three potential sell-outs. I hope you enjoyed my take on the ticket market and thanks for spending a couple minutes of your day with me.
Christian Galvin is the founder of TixList, a free daily email listing awesome ticket deals around Boston at face value or below. He can be contacted at Christian@tixlist.com or followed on Twitter @tixlist. He has no affiliation with any of the ticket sites referenced in the post. If you’re interested in receiving the daily email, sign up for free at www.TixList.com.