Report: Oilers barely sold out Game 1 vs. Kings

Lots of factors at play to consider with this.

Michael W.

The blistering offensive prowess of the Edmonton Oilers was on full display in Game 1 of their Round 1 Stanley Cup playoffs series against the Los Angeles Kings. Connor McDavid dazzled with an impressive five assists, while Zach Hyman recorded a hat trick, leading the charge as the team thoroughly dominated former Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot.

And as has always been the case, the price tag for fans to be able to be under the same roof to witness their hockey heroes in action during the postseason increases considerably. But according to recently released reports, the Oilers weren't able to declare Monday night's game a sellout until just before the opening puck drop. 

Not only were there pockets of empty seats noticeable on the television broadcasts, but a search on Ticketmaster revealed that there were plenty of tickets still up for grabs by the time the clock hit 8:00 PM MT. Additionally, there were thousands of tickets still available on the resale market. 

A quick excerpt from the above piece detailing the steep rise in tickets: 

"According to the Oilers season-seat brochure, it will cost $13,918 for a 45-game season-seat club seat down to $2,498 for the most inexpensive upper bowl package. Compare that to the 23-24 season range, from $12,247 to $2,238.

Reddit groups of season-ticket holders have decried the prices of playoff tickets, with some commenters saying they aren’t going to go to any playoff games because of the steep price hikes on post-season tickets. If the Oilers make the Cup final, a club seat that sells for $564 in the first round will rise to $1,555.

For those looking for face-value seats for Game 2, they can expect to pay $238.75 each for tickets near the top of the upper bowl, and $760 for a premium lower-bowl seat."

For fans of the Oilers, how much are you willing to shell out in order to catch a glimpse of McDavid and company live in person?

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