The NHL season will pause for two weeks in February to allow its players to participate in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. While we prepare for the break in action, we take a look at the top stories unfolding on the secondary ticket market regarding the price of NHL tickets. Does a team’s hot streak have an effect on ticket prices? How about their overall record? Or rise in the ranks over last year? All the aforementioned will help get fans back in the rink and excited for the future.
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The high demand for Rodeo Houston tickets was evident Saturday morning when the on-sale crashed systems on the primary market. 2014’s lineup appeals to all age groups, covering numerous genres. Texas native Selena Gomez will take the stage March 9, two nights after Usher headlines Black Heritage Day and two days before 2013 CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee, Jason Aldean performs. Based on ticket prices on the secondary market, fans are most excited to see Adam Levine and Maroon 5 at Reliant Center on March 13. Levine is not the only high roller judge from “The Voice” to rock the stage; four-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton will show you why he is the king of mainstream country music March 20. One of the distinguished country music acts of today, Zac Brown Band, will close the Houston Rodeo March 23 in front of an expectant sold out crowd.
It is not the first rodeo for many of this year’s performers. Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, and The Band Perry we’re among the 2013 talent that was said to be “the strongest lineup in the rodeo’s history.” Maroon 5 previously took the Rodeo Houston stage in 2005 and 2006; Gomez joins the band as a three-peater. REO Speedwagon will rock the largest City in Texas for the second time, last performing in 2002. Rodeo Houston favorite Reba McEntire will make her nineteenth appearance at the world’s largest live entertainment and livestock exhibition; the Country icon first hit the stage in 1984! The music business’ best continue to flock to Houston every year for the Rodeo which is known to draw a couple million people over the two and half week event. With prices as low as $20 to catch the best wranglers accompany the star-studded acts, it’s no wonder why this annual three-week celebration attracts locals and travelers alike.
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2014 was already going to be a big year for soccer with the upcoming World Cup in Brazil as the headliner… more on that in a minute. But right here in North America, Major League Soccer has been making headlines with big player signings, news on expansion, attendance growth, TV ratings and TV rights, the MLS Draft and prepping the US National team for success in Brazil and beyond.
MLS Acquisitions – International, U.S. National Team Players
Major League Soccer made world soccer headlines 7 years ago when the LA Galaxy signed international icon David Beckham which paved the way for bigger contracts and the “Beckham Rule” or Designated Player. Becks sold a LOT of Los Angeles Galaxy tickets. Now some of these DP slots are being allocated to top US players which is a great step for American players. Clint Dempsey was a huge coup for Seattle (as amazing as any soccer atmosphere in the world) last season at a price tag rivaling what Beckham was paid in salary at $6.5 million; of course, he made the move for that amount of money (who wouldn’t?!).
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The countdown has begun for the final NFL game of the 2013-14 season — are you ready to get your hands on the Holy Grail of NFL tickets? Whether you’re looking to score cheap Super Bowl tickets or want to sit in the best seats in the house at MetLife Stadium, we’ve got all the Super Bowl 2014 tickets info you need.
Super Bowl Tickets 2014 Prices at MetLife Stadium
*Table updated 1/19/14
The average cost of Super Bowl tickets hovered around $3,343 two weeks ago when the Wild Card games were determined. When the Divisional round matches were announced, prices showed a slight increase to $3,452. Now that the Conference title games are set, tickets have risen again, to $3,847 on average — up $395 since last Monday. Super Bowl 2014 ticket prices will likely peak Sunday, immediately following the Conference Championship games. At recent Super Bowls, some tickets dropped in price Super Bowl Week, depending on last-minute demand and seat location.
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Move over Super Bowl XLVIII harriers, if you want to experience a real “cold-weather outdoor game” talk to a hockey player or fan. With the majority of hockey players and fans originating from states and countries used to freezing temperatures, who’s complaining? 2014 has proven to be the best year for open-air hockey fans since the Winter Classic was first inaugurated, with an unprecedented six outdoor games listed, fans across the country will get a chance to see the league’s elite teams take the ice. And it’s about to get even better: since these events first went on sale, tickets for all games have dropped significantly in price! The NHL’s outdoor games are supposed to inspire a nostalgic feeling, as fans and virtually each player likely began playing hockey at a local outdoor rink as a youngster. Help keep the tradition alive and check out these awesome outdoor NHL games after the jump!
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You read it correctly. Go ahead, rub the sleep from your eyes and look again – the price of Boston Celtics tickets is actually cheaper after Rondo’s cryptic tweet that suggests he is returning to the hardwood Friday.
Rajon Rondo’s departure from the Celtics lineup as a result of a torn ACL suffered last January immediately impacted the price of Celtics tickets on the secondary market. All but two of the remaining eighteen home games (at the time) saw a fall in average price, some as large as nine percent. This occurred despite the fact that Boston still had a stacked roster with Celtic favorites Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce at the helm. Had Rondo been the sole shining star, we’d imagine that decline would have been much greater.
Last week, Rondo said he was hopeful he’d return before the All-Star break which got discussions rolling as to whether or not the 13-26 Celtics could still make a playoff run behind their four-time All-Star point guard. This season Rondo will be surrounded by a much different supporting act on the court and a new coach on the bench. After a blockbuster trade in the offseason that sent Garnett, Pierce, and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets, Rondo will take on a new role – as veteran, leader, and yes, Boston’s brightest star.
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I recently posted a blog on memorable NBA games in December. Had I chosen to expand and focus on games thus far into the season both Golden State Warriors vs. OKC Thunder matchups would, no question, have made the list. Two of the league’s most explosive teams with two of the NBA’s best fanbases, took the floor twice in November, delivering plenty of points, excitement, lead changes, and last-second wins. When people ask me, “Why should I go to a game instead of watching it on TV?” I play these two game winners for them and say, “Because you wouldn’t want to miss the feeling you get when you are sitting among thousands of your team’s fans and THIS happens against a quality conference foe.” These are the moments, the heart-stopping thrills that every sports fan wants to experience when they attend a game.
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After one wild first round of postseason play, the AFC and NFC divisional round matchups are set. The NFL’s Wild Card weekend showcased three games with underdog road team victories that ushered in plenty of great rematches scheduled in the second round of playoffs. In the AFC, Andy Dalton heinously crashed the Bengals’ victory train at home, while a failed Kansas City defense allowed a historic comeback win; the NFC Wild Card round ended the hopeful Philadelphia Eagles playoff dreams and saw the inability of Green Bay to stomp out a California team on a frostbitten day. Now that we’ve weeded out playoff pretenders from true contenders, let’s get on with the best of the NFC and AFC with this season’s four divisional round games!
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Good things come to those who wait .. especially for Auburn and Florida State fans. The average price of BCS Championship tickets is down 70% since bowl selections; at a (not so) mean price of $636. Tiger and Seminole fans will pay less to watch their teams play for the National title than Spartan and Cardinal fans paid to attend the Rose Bowl Wednesday. The average price of Rose Bowl tickets three days prior to the game was $679.
Last year BCS Championship tickets were hovering around $2,000 on average a couple of days before Alabama and Notre Dame took the field in Miami. So, why are BCS Championship tickets so cheap this year? One contributing factor is the size of stadium; the Rose Bowl is the largest of the four BCS Championship sites, seating over 90,000. Last year’s Sun Life Stadium has the second largest capacity at just over 80,000 seats. The increase in supply (10,000 plus seats) will naturally drive demand down. Another factor is the distance fans have to travel. The further away the bowl game, the more time you need to take off work and the more costly plane tickets can be. Assuming many fans are traveling from near campus, it was much closer for Alabama and Notre Dame fans to travel to Miami than it is for Auburn and Florida State fans to travel to Pasadena. Can you imagine demand if the National Championship game was at Sun Life Stadium in 2014? Combined Alabama and Notre Dame fans traveled about 2,122 miles from campus to their bowl game last year. That is an almost identical distance to what Auburn fans will travel (2,135) from campus to Pasadena this year alone. No doubt, both Miami and Los Angeles at this time of year are desirable destinations so that factor remains constant. Lastly, both Alabama and Notre Dame are routinely named as top five traveling fanbases. The Fighting Irish have proven year in and year out that they can fill stadiums during bowl season. One thing I can not quite wrap my head around is why interest from Auburn Tigers fans is not greater. They sold their Spring Game out after going 3-9 last year and are known to have one of the best fanbases in college football. Are they only rowdy at home? (That’s a challenge Tigers fans!) Championship game tickets are about half the cost of the 2011 title game that pitted the Tigers against the Oregon Ducks in Glendale, Arizona.
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Miami may have earned the NBA’s “Team of 2013” title, but the Indiana Pacers are certainly giving them a run for their money and may be the only team that can keep the Heat from earning a three-peat. Last year, the Pacers finished with a 49-32 record on the season and jettisoned into the Eastern Conference Finals, where they met Miami for an all-out slugfest, neither team yielding to the other. The Pacers ultimately fell to the Heat in the 2013 playoffs, but are looking more promising than ever this season. Recently, Indiana went on a masterful victory spree, inflicting unrelenting pressure on both ends of the floor for five consecutive victories, until yesterday’s uncharacteristic loss to the Toronto Raptors snapped their wining momentum.
But, if there is any team to coolly bounce back from a loss, it’s the Pacers, who lead the Central Division and the Eastern Conference with a record of 25-6. Pacers’ point guard George Hill sent a warning out to the rest of the NBA that vocalized the Pacer’s strength: “We’re a team that hits first. We’re a smashmouth team.” The Pacers are in it to win it again this year: with a healthy team, the league’s best defense, revenge on their minds and the championship within reach, you’ve got to be there to see all the bench-gripping action as Indiana tightens their grip on the East!
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