Without a doubt, the Philadelphia Flyers have been among the most successful teams in hockey over the past few seasons when going by playoff appearances. Led by center Claude Giroux, the Flyers surprised many pundits last year by upsetting the favored Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the playoffs in what was an intense and exciting series. Unfortunately, the run was short lived, as the disciplined defense of the New Jersey Devils was able to stymie the Flyers and eliminate them in just 5 games in the subsequent round.

So far, expectations seem rather neutral for the Flyers this season, as do their ticket prices which are middle of the road in terms of NHL tickets. Despite the condensed 48-game schedule and limited ticket supply, the average price for a Philadelphia Flyers tickets at home is up very minimally over last year, from $123 to $127 dollars according to TiqIQ. In fact, there are still a handful of extremely low priced games for Flyers fans to get in the building for, and cheer on their team. For example, when the Florida Panthers come to town on February 7th or 21st, fans can get in the building for just $29 or $34 dollars. Furthermore, an average seat for either of these games checks in at just $108 dollars, 15% below the season average. Other low priced games include February 5th and 25th against the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs, and even March 5th against the New York Rangers. To get in the building for any of these games will cost fans somewhere in the low-$30s.

On the contrary, last week’s contest against the Pittsburgh Penguins was among the highest priced NHL games of the entire season, at an average price of $356 dollars. Given the in-state rivalry between the Flyers and Penguins, it comes as no surprise that the March 7th faceoff between those two teams is pricey as well, at an average cost of $184 dollars per seat. Other expensive games this season include matchups against the New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, and New York Rangers—all top notch Eastern Conference teams that appeared in the playoffs last season. These games average $168, $194, and $159, respectively.In some respects, the wide variety of ticket prices for Flyers games is representative of the varying quality of play fans have unfortunately come to expect from this team. At times, the Flyers have looked like a team wholly capable of recapturing the magic of 2010 and making a run to the Stanley Cup Finals, perhaps even hoisting the Cup itself. At other times, it becomes painfully obvious why the Flyers currently sit at 0-3 at the bottom of the Atlantic Division and were dispatched by the Devils in four quick games after taking game 1 of last season’s Conference Semifinals. Hopefully fans will be able to reap the benefits of their team’s bipolarity, by taking advantage of currently depressed ticket prices but having the Flyers right the ship in time for those games.

 

Ricky Wegryn

I am the Owner and Founder of Philadelphia Sports Nation

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