Expect a ton o' red tonight....
Just means we need to shut 'em up with a win.
The Blackhawks may begin their playoff series with the Blues tonight in St. Louis — but they should feel right at home there if the resale ticket market is any indication.
Brokers say an unusually large number of Chicago-area residents have purchased tickets for Game 1 in Missouri, presumably spurred on by the close proximity of the two cities and the relatively cheap seats at the Scottrade Center.
SeatGeek — an online search engine for the secondary ticket market — says the Chicago region accounts for 30 percent of tickets purchased on the secondary market for tonight’s game. By comparison, St. Louis-area residents make up only 4 percent of ticket buyers for the games slated next week at the United Center.
Typically, about 5 to 10 percent of ticket sales come from a visiting team’s city during a playoff series, said Connor Gregoire, a communication analyst for SeatGeek.
On StubHub, Illinois residents have purchased about 40 percent of the tickets for the game, spokesman Cameron Papp said.
“Forty percent is a very high number for an away team but not incredibly surprising given the proximity and popularity of the Blackhawks in the state of Illinois,” Papp said.
Another factor is the resale ticket market in St. Louis, where the prices are considerably lower than in Chicago. The average ticket price for the Blues-Blackhawks games at the United Center is $207.64, compared with $89.57 in Missouri. In other words, it won’t cost Hawks fans much more to drive down to St. Louis for the night and catch the game there.
The $118.07 gap between the two teams’ average ticket price is the greatest of any NHL playoff pairing this week, according to SeatGeek. And it likely means there won’t be many Blues fans in attendance when the Hawks host Games 3 and 4 next week.
“There's understandably little desire for Blues fans to make the trip up, pay two and a half times (the price) for tickets and be surrounded by the Blackhawks faithful,” Gregoire firstname.lastname@example.org
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