How Much Are Playoff Hockey Tickets? [Fact Checked!]

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The Stanley Cup is back in the United States for the first time in 28 years and the Tampa Bay Lightning have finally won the thing they have been working for all season. The 2018 cup will go down as one of the biggest sporting events of the year not just in Tampa but all of America. With an estimated TV audience of 13 million viewers, the Lightning have definitely achieved pop culture status.

But as exciting as this year’s cup has been, it’s not been all fun and games. Hockey is a rough game and, sadly, it has been proven that people will turn to crime to gain access to the games.

The National Hockey League has responded by raising ticket prices and implementing new security measures. How much are those new security measures costing the Tampa Bay Lightning? Let’s find out.

The Price Of A Cup Of Coffee

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been in the news a lot this year as the championship is finally within their grasp. However, they have also had to deal with a number of off-ice issues that have made headlines as well.

One of the most interesting off-ice stories came from a coffee shop called Nice ‘n’ Easy that sold a very special cup of coffee to the owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The cup, which was designed by the coffee company and auctioned off for charity, was created in collaboration with the Lightning’s mascot, Crunch. The special edition of the caffeinated beverage sold for just $5 a cup. However, if you look at the box, it appears that that’s not all it costs. Around the edges are little gems that are supposed to be stickers that will reveal a secret code. Decoding the hint gives you access to a special content, in this case, a behind-the-scenes look at the Tampa Bay Lightning’s championship journey.

Even more interesting is that this isn’t the first time this has happened. The same thing happened when the Lightning completed their historic comeback at the end of last season. Only this time it was a bit of a mystery box containing a shirt, hat, and some tickets to the finals.

Crime Pays

This is one trend that the NHL is clearly trying to stop. Around the same time these mystery box gifts were appearing, so were stories of fans getting mugged outside of arenas while trying to get good seats for Game 7 of the finals.

The worst part about these robberies is not just the fear and intimidation that the criminal activity causes, but how expensive and difficult the recovery process can be. The fans who bought these tickets did so knowing that there was a risk of getting mugged, however, the price they were paying was worth it. It’s still not clear how much the victims in these cases were robbed of, but we do know that one victim had their purse, credit cards, and wallet stolen. And all of this happened during a time period when a cup of coffee was sold for $5.

A Trend That Will Continue

It seems like these luxury mugging scams are going to continue to happen. Just last year, another special edition of a popular coffee brand appeared with a box that held a Lightning player’s jersey, a hat, and some hockey tickets to the Winter Classic. Once again, this was sold for $5, with the proceeds going to charity. But what’s even more interesting is that this is not the first time a coffee company has tried to sell exclusive content to customers for charitable causes. In 2017, Starbucks announced that they were giving a full day of coffee to doctors and nurses who were working in hospitals around the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. While most coffee companies are donating their services, they are also trying to monetize this during these tough times. It’s a trend that will continue to appear as long as people are scared to go to the games because of the fear that they will be victims of crime. Unfortunately for the Lightning, this is not something that will ever go out of style.

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