Pay the Right Price

 

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin plays with a puck during the team's warm-up skate before its game against the Vancouver Canucks on Jan. 14, 2011.

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin plays with a puck during the team's warm-up skate before its game against the Vancouver Canucks on Jan. 14, 2011.

While Caps practices are fun and enjoyable, there’s nothing like going to a real, live hockey game. However, like I said in an earlier post, ticket prices can be expensive so you want to get the most out of what you pay. Here’s a breakdown of the top places to purchase your tickets.

First, there’s the 100 percent legitimate way of buying tickets: through the Washington Capitals themselves. However, being so late in the season, there are hardly any tickets left. And if there are tickets, they are guaranteed to be expensive. Slap on a $4.75 service charge and any other possible mailing charges and the cheapest single ticket is $79.05**.

Another option is TicketExchange, where Caps season ticket holders can sell their tickets. The problem with this site is that, while you don’t have to pay the service charges, you’re forced to pay whatever prices the season ticket holder seems fit. In some cases, this price is larger than the door price. And this is why the following sites are more recommended.

With these other websites, the end ticket price is a bit more expensive, but there is a much larger selection of tickets, so while you’re paying a bit more, there are more options to get the ideal seat.

The first site is Ticket Liquidator. The cheapest tickets are $29 each. Add in a $5 service fee per ticket and a $15 shipping fee, the total amounts to $49.37. The next site, Ticket Luck, is very similar to Ticket Liquidator. The cheapest tickets are $28 each. There is a $5.32 service fee per ticket and a $15 delivery fee. The total cost for one ticket is $48.32.

The third, and final, site is StubHub. The cheapest tickets are $37 each. This site is formatted a bit differently from the other two sites. The shipping charge is cheaper at $11.95 and it is two-day shipping as opposed to the other sites’ standard shipping. Also, the service charge is 10 percent of the total price of the tickets, instead of just a set fee. So for these tickets, the total price, with shipping and service charges included, would be $52.65.

In the end, it doesn’t really matter where you sit because I have yet to have a bad seat at Verizon center. From personal experience, all three of these seats are reliable so the choice is up to you.

**Prices based on the Caps vs. Carolina Hurricanes game on March 29, 2011.

Capitals rookie goalie Michal Neuvirth stretches during warm-ups before the team's game against the Canucks on Jan. 14, 2011.

Capitals rookie goalie Michal Neuvirth stretches during warm-ups before the team's game against the Canucks on Jan. 14, 2011.

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2 Responses

  1. Great post, Alena — once again loaded with useful info.

  2. I too believe so , perfectly written post! .

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