Ahead of Thursday’s semifinals, tickets still available

Capacity for hockey at Amalie Arena, shown here during Wednesday’s practices, is 19,092 (photo: Jim Rosvold).

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa has been lauded for its hospitality at the Frozen Four, but one of the questions about staging college hockey’s finale at such a southerly location is whether fans would make the trip.

For the most part, they have. So far, we’ve seen the typical assortment of team sweaters around the area, which is the only measure we have so far.

Attendance numbers were good when the Frozen Four was here in 2012 — 18,605 for the semifinals and 18,818 for the championship game — but there were tickets available for Amalie Arena (then known as Tampa Bay Times Forum), which lists a hockey capacity of 19,092.

It appears that’ll be the case again in 2016. As of Thursday morning, tickets were available through the NCAA and Ticketmaster for both semifinals and Saturday’s championship game.

On StubHub, meanwhile, secondary-market tickets were going for as low as $25 and $19 for Thursday’s games and $29 for the title game. At Vivid Seats, tickets were starting at $14 and $20 for the semifinals and $21 for the final.

According to StubHub communications manager Cameron Papp, 31 percent of the sales on the site by Wednesday morning were to buyers in Florida. North Dakota followed at 21 percent, with buyers from Massachusetts (7 percent), Minnesota (7 percent) and New York (5 percent) also making up the top five.

The average price for an all-session package sold on StubHub was $236, down 16 percent from last year in Boston. The average sale price for a championship game ticket was $136, down 55 percent from last season.

It should be noted, however, that location probably has a lot to do with the drop. Last season’s Frozen Four in Boston featured two teams from within easy driving distance, Boston University and Providence, both of whom made it to the final.

1 COMMENT

  1. It’s great to bring new markets into the mix and have it at a destination but not selling out is never a good look. Fortunately we didn’t have a Ferris State, Yale, Northeastern, Harvard group or the numbers could’ve been downright embarassing

  2. I’d expect the next group of four sites to include Buffalo (new arena district), Detroit (new arena), Boston (if it ain’t broke….), and one new one like Nashville

  3. It was great last year driving only one hour to the Frozen Four and witnessing my team win the championship. Tampa does well in the NHL market and there are NCAA fans who attend the FF every year regardless of participants or location. To me it makes more sense holding it in NHL arenas closer to an NCAA hockey school to guarantee sellout attendance. In 1983 I rode 2 1/2 days on a bus to Grand Forks to see Providence play in what was then the Championship and I’d be in Tampa right now if my team was there. College hockey still gets no love outside it’s own community. Not one national morning news program even mentioned it. ESPN is dissing the championship game as well moving broadcast to ESPN2 in order to air a basketball game on the main network. So much for dedication to cawlidge hawkey.

    • Totally wrong about ESPN. Games today on ESPN2 due to long-term contract with Masters, which will air on ESPN. Saturday Final on ESPN. Please check your “facts”. By the way, I am in Tampa to cheer for my team.

      • CHN reported yesterday that ESPN moved the national championship game on Saturday to ESPN2 to cover Golden State basketball, that is what I was referring to. Today’s games were always scheduled for ESPN2. Good luck to the Pioneers today enjoy your time in Tampa.

        • Thanks for the good luck, I will enjoy the final no matter who makes it. Disappointed they didn’t match eastern teams against western teams tonight. As of this moment ESPN still has Frozen Four Final, perhaps CHN jumped the gun. I checked on TV menu in my room and verified it.

    • 21% of “available” StubHub tickets, not total tickets at Amalie. Since most people go through NCAA or Ticketmaster, they both guarantee validity of tickets, this is probably not a big volume of sales. Notice there is no numbers stated. Most are resales from people from those allocated to the four schools.

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