I have now received multiple correspondences from readers who have already received their invoices for playoff tickets. I must say, the numbers are startling, with face value tickets of $30 jumping to $55 in the first round, and $161 tickets jumping to $240 during the same time.
And don’t even ask about the second round, or heaven forbid, the conference finals. Those same $30 seats go to $75 in the second round, $100 in the third, and $150 in the finals.
Meanwhile, the $161 seats jump to $300, then $350. If the Rangers make the finals, those seats — individual seats, remember — go for $500.
Man, it’s a good thing Henrik Lundqvist isn’t playing well, or this would actually be a problem.
Seriously, a couple of theories on this: one, despite plenty of evidence to the contrary, the Dolans aren’t stupid. The moment the regular season tickets sold out as quickly as they did the Garden bosses knew people would fork over whatever they could for playoff seats.
What also doesn’t help, and mind you, this only a theory, is the fact that the Knicks are as bad as they are. Fact is, the Garden has to make its money somewhere, and since the Knicks have about as good a chance of making the playoffs as I do centering the Rangers’ second line, they’re milking Rangers fans for all they can.
Agan, die-hards that you are, many of you would chalk this up to being a good problem to have if the Rangers make another playoff run. But let’s just say if things really starts clicking many of you might go broke in the process.
More in a bit…