Canadiens fans are going to have to put up a pretty penny if they want to see their team live for the first time since March 2020.
Maybe anywhere between $1,600 and $8,000 to be a bit more exact.
After Thursday night’s Game 5 overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs to stave off elimination, the series now shifts back to Montreal’s Bell Centre for Game 6, but with one new and important dynamic that no Canadian team has experienced yet this season: fans.
That’s right. Real cheering instead of computer generated audio.
With the easing for COVID-19 restrictions in Quebec, the province is now allowing large venues to host up to 2,500 people with physical distancing and masking in divided sections capped at 250 people each.
Tickets for the game were already sold out as of Friday morning, but as is tradition in the sports world, a number of tickets were on the resale market available on both Ticketmaster and StubHub. As of Friday morning, the cheapest ticket available on Ticketmaster was $1,593.40 for a seat in the 300 section, while the cheapest on StubHub was $1,765 for another 300-section level seat.
The most expensive on StubHub, for a 100-level seat just behind the Canadiens net, was someone asking $3,783 for a single ticket. For Ticketmaster, someone wants a whopping $8,060 for a single 100-level seat. The ticket itself costs $6,500, while Ticketmaster is charging a cool $1,560 in extra fees.
While there might be an opportunity for Leafs fans in Quebec to attend the game, fans in Ontario remain under a stay-at-home order until June 2.
The Leafs had the opportunity to eliminate the Habs in Game 5 but lost 4-3 almost a minute into overtime off the stick of Nick Suzuki. The two rivals hit the ice again for Game 6 Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Leafs will have at least two more chances to exorcise some first-round playoff demons. Toronto hasn’t advanced to the second round of the playoffs since 2004. The winner of the series will move on to face the Winnipeg Jets.
With files from The Canadian Press
Justin Smirlies is a Star digital producer based in Toronto. Reach him via email: firstname.lastname@example.org