You’ll dig deep for Habs playoff tickets

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.



  1. Erik says:

    I would gladly pay up to watch the HABS win the cup!

  2. RGM says:

    I’d pay it gladly.

    See you April 5th at the Bell Centre!

  3. RH says:

    I remember paying, something around, $30 for standing room only at the old forum during the ’93 playoffs. Thought that was kinda steep but, watching the Habs win in double OT, against the Isles’ was well worth the admission price.

  4. Spartan117 says:

    They should cut all prices by 1/2 either that or make food prices 1/4 of what they are…this is rediculous, with the salary cap they are making enough money per year…and plus this game as become a rich mans game, it should be open and available to everyone, with a section for season ticket holders and the rest open for everyone to buy. watch le rocket, even the low – income ppl could enjoy watching le grande club
    The Leafs are like an overused joke, it was funny the first 40 times, but after a while it gets old..


  5. Chuck says:

    Just to put things in perspective…

    A ticket up against the glass for a Stanly Cup Final game Montreal would be $369 plus tax.

    A ticket up against the glass at the ACC for tomorrow nights laff game (against Atlanta) would set you back $405 plus tax (DOUBLE the going rate for a regular-season game in the Bell Centre)! On a related note, they toss in the sand in the Vaseline for free. :)


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  6. Dana says:

    Actually, they do offer a breakdown.. it’s on the reverse side of the bill. ;)

    “Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies.”
    – Voltaire on his deathbed in response to a priest asking that he renounce Satan.

  7. coutNY says:

    That’s why they’re so expensive to begin with, the tickets already have the NON-playoff revenue priced in to start the season!

  8. HABZ 24 says:

    friggin outrageous!! whats a hot dog gunna cost $50. !! get real.

  9. amir says:

    Did they send out letters only to the full season ticket holders? It is my understanding that partial plan holders (of 10 games) are also eligile for pre-sale of playoff tickets. Will they get priority after March 17?

  10. Cable Guy says:

    Gainey did hold a press conference this morning….nothing we didn’t already know though.

  11. Jonnyboy says:

    HAHAHA. who knows? I think last time they made it the tickets were 5c, mostly because it was the great depresion though.

  12. Rogie30 says:

    Can you move to Long Island?

  13. Rogie30 says:

    Dont know, but theyre impossible to find. LMAO.

  14. RS says:

    And how much are Leaf playoff tickets?

  15. lesleyw says:

    At least the prices are reasonable during the season… have you ever seen the price of Leaf tickets? 191$ for Reds!!

    191$ to for THAT team… haha

  16. habitual says:

    A true habs fan would paint their room Habs colours to get that full effect!

  17. habitual says:

    A painfully clear example of why the lockout had nothing to do with making hockey affordable for fans. Unless there is a major US TV deal that will help spread revenue through the league Canadian fans can expect to continue to be whalloped.

  18. ZepFan2 says:

    First, lets make the playoffs.

    One step at a time. All this jabbering about Stanley Cup is making us sound like laff fans.

  19. TC says:

    Just be thankful that all the games are on television, the only question being how long before their on pay per view ??


  20. Steiner says:

    I just got my bill today in the mail.
    My favorite part is how they didnt even offer a breakdown they just said “This is how much it is. How would you like to pay?”

  21. Mr.Hazard says:

    Goes without saying, as does Pizza.

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  22. coutNY says:

    Molson EX’s as well, I would assume?

  23. Mr.Hazard says:

    If anyone is interested:

    I’m breaking down all the walls in my house downstairs, buying a wall-sized HDTV, setting up the surround sound with some bleachers along the wall, and charging people $3.50 to come in and watch games. This way we can recreate the Bell Centre atmosphere to some degree at 1/20th – 1/60th the usual price.

    Of course, for that authentic feel, I will indeed be selling Water Bottles for $9.50 as well as Lester’s hot dogs.

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  24. coutNY says:

    True, good point, if you look at other pro sports Baseball or Football in the states these numbers are miniscule in comparison!

    In 2000, World series in Arizona, Face value tickets were $113.00 for the “nose bleeds”. Football is astronomically but in their defense there are only 1 game per series in their playoffs and superbowl.

  25. Dana says:

    That’s very interesting, thank you for a very informative post!

    I think to be fair to the Club though, the salaries of the players have hiked up quite a bit as well, not just in terms of inflation though, no?

    “Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies.”
    – Voltaire on his deathbed in response to a priest asking that he renounce Satan.

  26. Gormdog says:

    I know eh?!? The prices for comedies have skyrocketed over the past few years…

  27. coutNY says:

    1993 Tickets in the REDS (considered B section) at the Bell vs. NYI (Game one of the Conference Finals)= $95.00 face value back than. Third round…
    Economic Breakdown
    Annual inflation rate over that period:
    Price $95.00 starting 1993 adding inflstiosnry costs and than a 50% adj up!
    ————————-Inflation—-1.5x’s Inflation
    __Year__Rate(%)__adj. price__price of inflation

  28. 1994—2.61%—–$97.48——-$98.72
  29. 1995—2.81%—–$100.22——$102.88
  30. 1996—2.93%—–$103.16——$107.40
  31. 1997—2.34%—–$105.57——$111.17
  32. 1998—1.55%—–$107.21——$113.76
  33. 1999—2.81%—–$109.55——$117.49
  34. 2000—3.38%—–$113.26——$123.45
  35. 2001—2.83%—–$116.46——$128.69
  36. 2002—1.59%—–$118.31——$131.76
  37. 2003—2.27%—–$121.00——$136.25
  38. 2004—2.68%—–$124.24——$141.72
  39. 2005—3.39%—–$128.45——$148.93
  40. 2006—3.24%—–$132.61——$156.17
  41. 2007—2.85%—–$136.39——$162.84
  42. *Jan
  43. 2008—4.28%—–$142.23——$173.30
  44. Good lesson on how monopolies work, seeing that a pro sports team has No competition and especially in a city where there is no other alternative substitute pro sports, they follow a different set of rules when it comes to charging their fans. I guess someone has to foot the bill For building the new Bell center???

  • Dana says:

    I don’t follow your point.. I think that the price of Blue tickets even for the Stanley Cup final is reasonable. 55.50$+tax. Come on, that’s like two movie nights. And, let’s face it.. if the Stanley Cup final were to ever come to Montreal, a lot of people would be willing to sacrifice more than just a couple of movies to attend this historic event.

    I think I heard some time ago that the average salary of the Canadian population is around 32000$ (I’m too lazy to go through If that is the case, the AVERAGE Canadian can well afford tickets to the game. Provided that they can get them at face value of course.

    “Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies.”
    – Voltaire on his deathbed in response to a priest asking that he renounce Satan.

  • G-Man says:

    Heck, businessmen who buy tickets use them as a write-off on their taxes for entertainment purposes for clients. That means we as taxpayers are buying tickets to games we never get to go to. It sucks, doesn’t it?


  • Rogie30 says:

    We have snow here in Long Island, there,s actually snow, usually it sees the metro area and runs off, good sign Montreal, we may make the playoffs. Goalies, please get it together, or our trip to the playoffs will be as brief as this storm. SNOW.

  • Lafrich says:

    Who would pay that?!?!

    Actually, whoever would pay this price is partially to blame for the high salaries getting higher, and, consequently, the ticket prices rising again. This vicious circle removes any chance of a normal-salaried person going to the game. It is reserved for the rich. Whatever.

  • Sulemaan says:

    One word. Greed.

  • Wayne says:

    posted in wrong spot – my bad

  • johnnyhab says:

    How does this compare to other Canadian teams or other big market teams in the NHL?

  • Naila Jinnah says:

    Scalpers get a hold of them because we let them. Because they hire students or bums and give them cash to go stand in line or at their computers and buy the damn tickets.

    These are the same people that complain that the games are too expensive and that they can’t afford to go to the Bell Centre.

    Well, at the end of the day, tell your friend who’s buying those tickets for the scalper that it’s all his/her fault and deal with it.

  • The Teacher says:

    Cheaper than I thought they would be. But then again, scalpers get a hold of most of them.

  • tony d says:

    took the words right out of my mouth
    all this talk of the Stanley Cup blah blah blah…
    could we please get back to playing decent hockey fer !@#@$%@ sakes!!
    we can talk playoffs when we’re in the thick of it
    heads out of the clouds boys and back on the ice

  • showey47 says:

    If we continue to get the quality of goaltending like last night we won’t have to worry about it.

  • Exit716 says:

    Does playoff revenue count towards revenue sharing or is it purely for the team to keep?

  • downeast hab says:

    I thought the goverment has a policy on price gouging. They are looking into the price of chocolate, why not hockey.

  • Cable Guy says:

    I guess I won’t be going to any playoff games….

  • Chuck says:

    It sure maks my 8 bucks per month for RDS look like a bargain!


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  • Lafrich says:

    Cost per seat in my living room: 0$

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