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October 17, 2017

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Watching Las Vegas’ NHL team in person doesn’t have to cost a fortune

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L.E. Baskow

The ice is down and scoreboard lit up as the Vegas Golden Knights host a Glass Seat Reveal for prospective premium ticket members at the T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Did you know?

The Golden Knights have about 14,000 season-ticket holders, of which they say 90 percent have local ZIP codes.

Onward to 2018

Can’t make it to any games in this calendar year? Never fear — the NHL regular season continues through the beginning of April. The last Golden Knights regular-season home game will be played March 31 against San Jose.

If you’re worried about being priced out of attending a Vegas Golden Knights home game during the team’s inaugural season, you can rest easy.

For the most part, anyway.

The exceptions are if you want a seat at T-Mobile Arena for the first home game, or on a night when the Golden Knights are facing one of the sport’s premier teams. Then, it’s going to cost you.

Good news first: On StubHub, the online ticket broker, sellers have been offering tickets to midweek home games for less than $30.

You can see the team for as little as $27 from the upper deck on Dec. 12 against Carolina.

But prices on marquee hockey nights, such as the inaugural home game Oct. 12 against the Arizona Coyotes or later in the homestand against the Chicago Blackhawks, are a different story. It’s more than $100 for the same upper-deck seat at the 17,500-seat arena.

The cheapest price for the opener is $143, while seats closer to the ice are as high as $4,452. The atmosphere on the Strip will likely resemble that of a Floyd Mayweather prize fight or sold-out concert — mega-events which Las Vegas has become masterful at hosting.

But for lower-profile weekday games — like Oct. 12 against Buffalo or Dec. 12 against Carolina, both on Tuesday nights — ticket prices are in the same range as those for other league teams in a midmarket, generally less than $50.

In Chicago, which had the NHL’s best attendance last season at more than 20,000 fans per game, a midweek ticket against small-market Minnesota on Oct. 12 starts at $59, about double the price of a Golden Knights home game against an opponent from a similar market size. A week earlier against Pittsburgh, the defending Stanley Cup champions, tickets in Chicago begin at $98.

The Golden Knights have about 14,000 season-ticket holders — theirs are the ones being offered on StubHub. At this stage of the franchise’s launch, the team is selling season ticket packages for 11 and 22 games, and hasn’t announced individual-game sales. That’s an indicator that most games will likely be played in front of near-capacity crowds.

Range of prices

Want to see the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena? Here’s the range of what it might cost you, from the least expensive seat available for each game to the most expensive. (as of July 17).

Note: StubHub charges a processing fee for tickets purchased through its marketplace, so what you actually pay will be higher than the prices listed here.

Sept. 26 vs. Los Angeles Kings, exhibition ($27-$1,000)

Sept. 28 vs. Colorado Avalanche, exhibition ($18-$884)

Oct. 1 vs. San Jose Sharks, exhibition ** ($21-$1,105)

Oct. 10 vs. Arizona Coyotes, home opener ($144-$4,452)

Oct. 13 vs. Detroit Red Wings ** ($95-$1,104)

Oct. 15 vs. Boston Bruins ** ($68-$1,219)

Oct. 17 vs. Buffalo Sabres ($33-$1,000)

Oct. 21 vs. St. Louis Blues ** ($53-$1,060)

Oct. 24 vs. Chicago Blackhawks ($92-$1,537)

Oct. 27 vs. Colorado Avalanche ** ($43-$1,000)

Nov. 10 vs. Winnipeg Jets ** ($58-$1,000)

Nov. 19 vs. Los Angeles Kings ** ($70-$1,378)

Nov. 24 vs. San Jose Sharks ** ($47-$1,060)

Nov. 28 vs. Dallas Stars ($29-$1,000)

Dec. 3 vs. Arizona Coyotes ** ($30-$1,000)

Dec. 5 vs. Anaheim Ducks ($36-$1,000)

Dec. 12 vs. Carolina Hurricanes ($27-$1,000)

Dec. 14 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins ($99-$1,500)

Dec. 16 vs. Florida Panthers ** ($32-$1,000)

Dec. 19 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning ($26-$1,000)

Dec. 23 vs. Washington Capitals ** ($73-$1,166

Dec. 31 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs ** ($107-$2,000)

** weekend game

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