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Paying the price: ticket prices go through the roof for Stanley Cup decider

VANCOUVER - See Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final or buy a car?

That's pretty much the bottom line choice if you want your nose anywhere near the ice surface of Rogers Arena for the Stanley Cup decider Wednesday night between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins.

As of Tuesday afternoon, ticket seller StubHub had some 420 tickets available from US$1,600 to $12,413, although the number available and price fluctuated.

"This is certainly the highest we've seen for a Stanley Cup ticket in our (10-year) company history," said StubHub spokeswoman Joellen Ferrer.

The average price for a Game 7 ticket changing hands Tuesday on StubHub was US$2,975, compared to US$2,413 on Monday.

In contrast, the average price for Game 7 of the 2009 series in Detroit between the Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins was US$746, according to Ferrer.

The average price for Game 1 of the Canucks-Bruins series was US$833 on StubHub, rising to US$976 for Game 2 and US$1,219 for Game 5.

StubHub had yet to see someone pay more than US$10,000 for a seat near the boards for Game 7 but Ferrer said it was not out of the question. Premium tickets for the World Series and NBA finals can go that high.

The gold standard remains the Super Bowl, Ferrer said, with premium seats at US$15,000 and an average price tag of US$3,500.

The most expensive ticket bought for the Canucks-Bruins game as of 3 p.m. ET Tuesday was US$6,500. And that person bought two of those in Row 12 in the blue-chip Club level.

For those with deep pockets and champagne and caviar tastes, StubHub had two suites for US$164,710 and US$205,888 apiece.

Ferrer reports that the number of tickets for sale actually increased Tuesday, probably as sellers looked to test the market.

On Craigslist, one optimistic seller offered four tickets in the upper bowl for C$2,300 apiece: "The perfect fathers day gift."

And C$4,500 got you a seat next to the Bruins bench.

Or you could buy three 60-inch plasma TVs and watch it from home.

Attendance at Friday's Game 5 was a sellout 18,860.

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