Being a sports fan is much like riding a lifelong rollercoaster. When you’re up, the highs can be incomparable. You feel invincible. Like part of a pack - part of a family that lives and breathes the same passion as you do. When you’re down, it feels like a personal blow.
So, the last thing you want is ticket prices blowing a hole in your wallet. For Boston Bruins fans, costs are rising. Like most stadiums, the iconic TD Garden charges more for match tickets now than it did 3-4 years ago. The question is, are the Bruins’ hockey games still affordable for most fans?
We’ve taken a look at today’s ticket prices to find out the average cost of attending a Bruins game in 2019. Don’t forget though, your ticket is just the start. Keep some dollars back for drinks, halftime snacks and the newest team merch. ‘Cos if you’re going to the match, you might as well enjoy it, right? Here’s hoping you have some cash leftover for the next one.
Why the Cost of a Bruins Ticket…Could Be Worse
According to Vivid Seats, the average cost of a Boston Bruins game in 2019 is $152. This figure relates to the most common types of seat. You could, of course, pay significantly more for a spot closer to the action. For this sort of price, however, you’re going to get a decent seat with a reasonable view.
Most importantly, it isn’t that expensive when compared with other stadiums. Yes, it’s a little pricier than, say, the MetLife Stadium, but it’s cheaper than many others. It costs (on average) around $123 to attend a hockey match at the MetLife. At the larger, premium arenas, prices can easily run to $300 or more.
It’s not to say The Garden isn’t appreciated. In fact, it’s widely considered to be one of the country’s best arenas. So, we’re saying an average ticket price of $152 isn’t so bad. In 2007, extensive renovations were undertaken to expand entryways and concourses. This has resolved many of the problems caused by crowd congestion and made the stadium a safer and more pleasant place to spend time.
But What About All the Match Extras?
Unfortunately, the TD Garden doesn’t get an A* for its concession prices. Snacks and drinks tend to be quite expensive here. It depends on what you’re used to paying at other arenas and, let’s be honest, how much cash you have to flash. However, the majority of people would find $11 for a beer to be overly pricey.
As an example, three pizza slices and three cold beers are going to cost you just under $70 (ouch). You’ll have an easier time by yourself, but who prefers to attend their hockey games alone? In most cases, you’ll be accompanied by friends, relatives or even your kids, all of whom might need a few of those pricey beverages.
It means the cost of watching Boston Bruins games can climb quickly. To save a little cash, consider eating before you head out. Or make sure everybody’s happy to buy their own snacks. We’ve heard the pizza slices at TD are pretty epic. So, good luck trying to resist temptation. Cheering for your team is hungry work.
Don’t Forget the Price of Parking!
Okay, so the average cost of attending a Boston Bruins game could definitely be better, especially when parking fees enter the equation. Hold your breath. The TD’s parking prices are fixed on match days. The majority of events are priced at $50. This covers you for the duration of the game (between two and three hours).
It is rather expensive, particularly when you look at the MetLife stadium which charges an average of $30-40 for parking. For the biggest events, parking fees at the TD peak at a cost of $70. It’s going to add a significant amount to the funds needed for an enjoyable game experience. Then again, can you put a price on supporting your team? You could say it’s all relative for fans who’d do anything for their Bruins boys.
Let’s recap. For your parking, a decent seat with a reasonable view, a few beers and a few pizza slices, you’re looking at around $300. We haven’t included the cost of merch in this estimate. If you’re tempted by the shiny shirts and accessories, it’s probably best to bring a little more along (try $400). Ditto for those attending with children and relatives, unless you’re lucky enough to have a lavish and generous guest.
To conclude, attending Boston Bruins games does get expensive. It can be one hell of an experience though. The cash doesn’t last, but the memories certainly will.
Written by Garrett Parker
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