Vancouver Canucks fans expect high prices as playoff tickets go on sale | CBC News

Tickets for the Vancouver Canucks’ first home playoff games in nearly a decade went on sale to the general public on Monday, with resale prices quickly rising to hundreds of dollars.

Kingsley Bailey, who resells event tickets through his company Vancouver Ticket, says the cheapest tickets for the Canucks’ upcoming opening game were in the $250 range, but those quickly disappeared.

The cheapest Game 1 tickets, available on Ticketmaster through a verified resale starting Monday afternoon, cost more than $400, including fees.

Standard tickets were still available for more expensive seats, starting in the $700 range.

But Bailey says the prices he’s currently seeing on resale sites are high and he wouldn’t be surprised to see a market correction.

“I would say probably within 48 hours of the game, if there’s a lot of inventory, I think the prices will correct… These prices are high.”

The Canucks became the first Canadian team to secure their spot in the NHL postseason after the San Jose Sharks defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-0 on Saturday night.

The team last made the playoffs in 2020, when games were closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Canucks last played home playoff games in front of fans at Rogers Arena in Vancouver in 2015, when the club lost its best-of-seven opening series to the Calgary Flames four games to two.

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Bailey says prices were more reasonable in 2015 because the Canucks “limped” into the playoffs. According to a Vancouver Sun article at the time, tickets before the game against the Flames ranged from $80 to $300.

Bailey said he’s still seeing a lot of interest from fans, but concerns about rising ticket prices are causing fans to buy fewer tickets at a time.

He said in recent years he has often seen fans buying tickets for two games in a playoff round. Now fans may be thinking about attending fewer games.

“It will impact discretionary spending on events like this,” Bailey said of rising costs. “They used to go to two or three games, now they might choose one.”

Canucks fan Kevin Danchella, who visited Bailey’s storefront in downtown Vancouver on Monday, said tickets were expensive and he could only attend one playoff game.

“I’ll probably just watch the rest on TV,” Danchella said.

Dates and times for the Canucks’ opening round games have not yet been set, nor has their opponent.

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