The downside to the Canadiens making the playoffs, of course, will be what you’ll pay for tickets to the post-season – face-value, not to scalpers.
From Friday’s Gazette:
If the Canadiens advance to the Stanley Cup final this season, fans will have to dig deep into their wallets if they want the best seats at the Bell Centre.
The top ticket price for a Stanley Cup final game at the Bell Centre in the Platinum section would be $369.63 ($417.22 after taxes). That’s a four-per-cent increase from last season’s prospective playoff ticket prices. Those same tickets have a top price of $197.76 (plus taxes) for an "optimum game" during the regular season.
The Canadiens sent out ticket forms to season-ticket holders on Monday. Season-ticket holders must purchase, in advance, tickets for four games in each playoff series, on the assumption the Canadiens will have home-ice advantage in all four playoff
series, including the Stanley Cup final. The deadline for season-ticket holders to pay for playoff tickets is March 17. The Canadiens play their final regular-season game on April 5.
The top ticket price in the Platinum section for Round 1 of the playoffs would be $236.56 ($267.02 after taxes). Platinum tickets for the second round of the playoffs would cost $273.52 ($308.74 after taxes), with the price jumping to $295.70 ($333.78 after taxes) for the third round.
The cheapest ticket for a Stanley Cup final game at the Bell Centre, according to the season-ticket price list, would be $55.50 in the Blue section ($62.65 after taxes). Those tickets have a top price of $28.43 (plus taxes) during the regular season.
The cheapest season ticket for the first round of the playoffs would be $35.52 (plus taxes), jumping to $41.07 for the second round and $44.40 for the third round.
Season-ticket holders will be refunded money for games that are not played, or have the option of putting that money toward 2008-09 season tickets.
A person, or company, with two season tickets in the Platinum section would have to write a cheque for $10,614.08 (including taxes) for tickets to each of the 16 possible playoff games.
Playoff tickets will not be made available to the general public until after the regular season. A Canadiens spokesperson said yesterday that the team still plans to make about 500 seats per game in the playoffs available to the public in the Saputo Family Zone, where the regular-season price is $28.43 (plus taxes) for adults and $8.77 for children.
The Canadiens, who failed to make the playoffs last year and have missed the postseason five of the last eight seasons, haven’t been in the Stanley Cup final since winning the championship in 1993.
Last night’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins marked the Canadiens’ 130th consecutive sellout at the Bell Centre, with a crowd of 21,273 in attendance.