If you're planning to catch a live game to see your favorite NHL team, you may be in for a surprise. The cost of attending stadium games has been steadily moving upwards. This can be quite a shock for fans who haven't actually gone in person for a few years. To help you prepare for what to expect, we've prepared a listing of the ten most expensive NHL arenas. This will give you an idea of how much money to take along with you for food, parking and the cost of your ticket.
10. Bell Centre, Montreal Canadiens - $220
It's likely to cost you $220 if you go to see the Canadiens play at Bell Centre in Montreal. The average ticket price is $181. If you want to enjoy a beer, the prices range from $7.61 upwards to $14.79 for the finer drafts. A soda is going to cost $5. You will have your choice of hot dogs at $4.57 apiece, popcorn at $6.31, chicken or pizza at about $5.44 and a few other food choices. Parking is reasonably priced at $13.50 so you'll catch a break on that. Bell Centre is the tenth most expensive NHL arena to attend when you're watching the Montreal Canadiens in person.
9. Staples Center, Los Angeles Kings - $230
The price of tickets to get in to watch the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center averages $175 per person. Parking in the garage is an additional $25 on top of that. While you're at the game, you will likely need something to eat and a beverage or two. The price of a beer ranges between $10 to $15. Water is sold at $5 a bottle with Soda priced at $5, popcorn at $10 and food items ranging between $10 and $15 each. You should plan on spending a minimum of $230 per person to see the L.A. Kings.
8. Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia Flyers - $243
Tickets to watch the Philadelphia Flyers play at Wells Fargo Center average $189 each. If you plan to park in the garage for easy access, it will cost you $33 during the game. It's a good idea to eat first and snack at the game because hot dogs are $6 each, with hamburgers at $10, popcorn at $5, with sodas and water at $6 for a regular size and $7.50 for a souvenir size. The cost of beer ranges between $8 for domestic brands and $11 for premiums.
7. TD Garden, Boston Bruins - $250
The average ticket price for the 2017-18 year is $166 each with parking at TD Garden to watch the Boston Bruins in person at $48. TD Garden has an impressive collection of craft and domestic beers, but you're going to pay between $10.50 and $11.75 apiece for them. The food is among the most expensive offered at all arenas. There is a great selection of vendors to choose from with great diversity. You can pick up a smaller item such as standard hot dog or fries for about $5 but if you plan to get full, you'll spend at least $20 on a good combo meal.
6. Capital One Arena, Washington Capitals - $272
Taking in a Washington Capitals game at Capital One Arena is likely to cost a minimum of $272 per person The average ticket price is $220 and to park at the arena, you pay a modest $27. The food and beverage cost will depend on how hungry or thirsty you are when you arrive. You'll have a choice of several different options including popcorn, nachos, pretzels, hot dogs, burgers, chicken tenders, pizza and fries. The least expensive food items are priced at $3 with combos costing upwards of $15. You'll pay $5 apiece for soda or bottled water and the cost of beer and wine begins at $9.50 each.
5. Bell MTS Center, Winnipeg Jets - $291
The average ticket price to watch the Winnipeg Jets depends on which game you're planning to watch. Ticket prices range from $17 through $989 but on average, if you want to have a good seat, you'll pay around $238. Parking is a mere $15, but if you want to buy food or drinks, it's going to be expensive. The cost of a very big hot dog is $9.75, or you can opt for a variety of different combo meals for around $15.50 per person. The average concession foods at Bell MTS Center run between $10 and $15 each with beer going for between $8.75 and 8.75, soda at $5.75 each and bottled water at $4 apiece.
4. United Center, Chicago Blackhawks - $315.50
Attending a Chicago Blackhawks game at United Center can be less expensive if you go with the cheap tickets and least expensive food and beverage offerings, but if you want the average experience, it's going to cost around $315.50 per person. The average ticket price this season is $269 with a $24 charge for parking. While you're in the center, you'll have a nearly overwhelming choice of food options. The cost of a burger ranges between $9.75 and $12.50 with steak sandwiches at $13.50 each. You can get a coke for $5.50 or beer from $7.50 each to $8.50.
3. Rogers Arena, Vancouver Canucks - $322
Watching the Vancouver Canucks live will cost about $322 per person with average ticket prices at $265.48 with a $24 parking fee. When you're in Rogers Arena, there is such a wide array of food offerings that you might feel overwhelmed by the diverse choices. There are poke and sushi options, fresh fish, bacon stands, sausages, Montreal smoked meats offerings, seafood, lobster and the works.The average meal for one person is at $15.50. Beer starts at $8 and goes up to $14.50 apiece with Pepsi brand soda offerings at $4.75.
2. Madison Square Garden, New York Rangers - $335
Tickets to watch the New York Rangers in person cost an average of $275 each. Parking at the venue is between $40 and $60 for the event. You can eat for under $10 if you go with the Sausage Boss's Sausage and chips for $8.50. They also offer chicken dogs for $7.25 each along with standard dogs and several other food offerings, but if you want a hearty meal, the average price is $20 at Madison Square Garden with drinks included.
1. Air Canada Centre, Toronto Maple Leafs - $350
The cost of seeing the Toronto Maple Leafs play at Air Canada Center will cost about $275 ticket price with parking at $35. The food is going to cost you a lot. The price of beer is between $14.50 a can to $20. The food is delicious and they have multiple offerings ranging from hot dogs to sandwiches and full course meals, but plan on paying between $6 and $8.50 for a hot dog. To eat a meal that will fill you up is going to cost a minimum of $20 if you don't have a big appetite. You can purchase sodas and water between $5 and $6 each.
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