Round 1 of NBA and NHL Playoffs – April 20, 2017

With both NBA and NHL Playoffs underway, StubHub has compiled ticket demand data and trends for Rounds 1 of each championship

NBA  Playoffs Round 1

Most In-demand Matchups

Warriors vs. Trail Blazers and Celtics vs. Bulls matchups both featuring the top teams in each conference, are the most in-demand series in Round 1 based on ticket sales. Still, ticket demand for Golden State vs. Portland surpasses that of Boston vs. Chicago series by 25%.

Eastern Conference Ranked in Order of Demand

(Based on Total StubHub Ticket Sales)

  1. Bulls vs. Celtics
  2. Bucks vs. Raptors
  3. Cavaliers vs. Pacers
  4. Hawks vs. Wizards

 

Western Conference Ranked in Order of Demand

(Based on Total StubHub Ticket Sales)

  1. Warriors vs. Trail Blazers
  2. Utah Jazz vs. Clippers
  3. Oklahoma City vs. Houston
  4. Spurs vs. Grizzlies

 

 

What NBA teams have the most enthusiastic fan base according to  ticket sales to away games?

  • Golden State fans are the most likely to travel to see their team in action at this stage of the playoffs. Warriors fans are buying three times as many Round 1 away game tickets compared to Portland fans.
  • Chicago have the second most enthusiastic fan base with Bulls fans buying 150% more Round 1 away game tickets than Boston fans.

 

NHL – Playoffs Round 1

Most In-Demand NHL Matchups

Rangers vs. Canadiens matchup is the most in-demand series in Round 1 of the playoffs followed by Blackhawks vs. Predators.

 

Favourite Musical Acts for Most In-Demand NHL Series Teams

Blackhawks Fans’ Favorite Musical Acts

Based on StubHub sales from Jan. 2016-April 2017

  1.      Bruce Springsteen
  2.      Pearl Jam
  3.      Luke Bryan
  4.      Adele
  5.      Coldplay

 

Predators Fan’s Favorite Musical Acts

Based on StubHub sales from Jan. 2016-April 2017

  1.      Blake Shelton
  2.      Florida Georgia Line
  3.      Guns N’ Roses
  4.      Lumineers
  5.      Carrie Underwood

 

Rangers Fans’ Favorite Musical Acts

Based on StubHub sales from Jan. 2016-April 2017

  1. Billy Joel
  2. Bruce Springsteen
  3. Justin Bieber
  4. Adele
  5. Red Hot Chili Peppers

 

Canadiens Fans’ Favorite Musical Acts (Based on StubHub sales from Jan. 2016-April 2017)

  1. Adele
  2. Justin Bieber
  3. Drake
  4. Luke Bryan
  5. Pearl Jam

NCAA Championship Final Ticket Demand – April 2, 2017

Gonzaga and North Carolina Drive Slight Demand Increase Over This Time Last Year

The teams have been decided. South Carolina and Oregon are eliminated while Gonzaga and North Carolina advance into tomorrow’s final.  StubHub gives an updated look into ticket demand and where buyers are coming from for the 2017 NCAA Championship Game .

  • Demand based on ticket sales on StubHub for this year’s final between Gonzaga and North Carolina is up 8% from last year’s showdown between Villanova and North Carolina.

 

Buyers Are Coming From All 50 States and Across the World

  • Tickets have been purchased in all 50 U.S States
  • A total of 7 unique countries are represented in the sales with buyers fromas  far as Ukraine, Namibia and Australia
  • It looks like, regardless of team loyalty, locals are taking advantage of a chance to be a part of the major event with the greatest number of buyers coming from Arizona and California

 

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Where have sales been coming from since teams were decided?

Ticket sales increased 10% from before the teams were decided to when both teams had been determined. Buyers from Washington are responsible for 18% of these new sales while sales from North Carolina account for roughly 4%. Being Gonzaga’s first-ever appearance in an NCAA Final would account for this sudden increase from Washington while it’s North Carolina’s second consecutive year in the final.

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Ticket Prices

The Average Ticket Price for the Championship Game is $364, up 30% from last year’s final between Villanova and North Carolina.

  • After teams were decided the Average Ticket Price increased by only 3%.

The Most Expensive Ticket was purchased for $3,000, down 67% from last year.

The Least Expensive Ticket was purchased for $50.

NCAA Final Four Ticket Demand – March 27, 2017

The 2017 NCAA Final Four teams have been decided. South Carolina, Gonzaga, Oregon and North Carolina are in the race for a title shot. With just under a week left until games begin, StubHub takes a look at ticket demand for this year’s Final Four events.

 

How does demand compare to last year’s Final Four in Houston?

Demand based on ticket sales is up from last year. We attribute this to  Gonzaga’s and South Carolina’s first-ever appearances in the Final Four, and Oregon’s first return since 1939.

Fortunately for fans, average ticket prices are trending similarly to last year…

 

Where are sales coming from?

As of March 27, ticket sales have been registered from 49 U.S. states and 5 unique countries. Outside the U.S., most come from Canada, yet sales have been registered as far as Ukraine and Australia.

Top Buyers by State:

  1. Arizona, 32%
  2. California, 12%
  3. Washington, 7%
  4. South Carolina, 6%
  5. Oregon, 4%

What teams are driving the most demand based on ticket sales:

  1. Gonzaga
  2. South Carolina
  3. Oregon
  4. North Carolina

NCAA Sweet 16 + Elite 8 Ticket Demand – March 22, 2017

After an exciting weekend that brought about the elimination of top-seeded teams Villanova, Duke and Louisville, the Sweet Sixteen for the 2017 NCAA basketball tournament is set and games begin again tomorrow. StubHub takes a look at what ticket packages are in highest demand and where sales are coming from.

Regional Ticket Packages

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Top Purchase Locations for Sweet Sixteen Sales

East Regional in NY:

  1. NY, 38%
  2. NJ 18%
  3. PA 7%
  4. SC 5%

Midwest Regional in KS

  1. KS, 46%
  2. MO, 18%
  3. IA 7%

South Regional in Memphis, TN:

  1. TN 29%
  2. KY 15%
  3. AR 9%

West Regional in San Jose, CA:

  1. CA 83%
  2. WA 3%
  3. AZ 2%

 

AN EARLY LOOK INTO FINAL FOUR SALES

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  1. Arizona, 40.3%
  2. California, 11.5%
  3. Illinois, 4.1%
  4. Washington, 3.6%
  5. New York, 3.4%
  6. Texas 2.5%
  7. Kansas 1.5%
  8. North Carolina 1.5%
  9. Ohio 1.5%
  10. Missouri 1.4%

 

Cross-border Sales

As of today (Wed, March 22), 4.4% of sales for the 2017 NCAA Final Four come from outside of the U.S. The majority come from Canada, although StubHub has had buyers from as far away as Australia and the UK.

The Week in Events – NBA and NHL – March 13, 2017

As both NBA and NHL head toward the end of the regular season, StubHub takes a look at what matchups are generating the most demand this week.

NBA

The Cavs top the list of the most in-demand games with two games scheduled in L.A. during the weekend, stealing last week’s thunder from the Warriors.

The average ticket price for Golden State Warriors games is down nearly  24% from last week. Possible reasons for this decrease could be last week’s three-game losing streak and Kevin Durant’s absence.

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NHL

In NHL, the Lightning vs. Rangers matchup is the biggest draw for fans this week while the Blackhawks continue to perform well in ticket sales as they secure a top position in the rankings.

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The Week in Events – Demand in NBA and NHL – March 7, 2017

With only four weeks left until the end of regular season for both NBA and NHL, each game is becoming increasingly important as teams fight to secure their spot in the playoffs.  This week at StubHub, we take a look at what matchups generated the most demand in ticket sales and discuss factors that could be contributing towards sales trends.

NBA: Most In-Demand Matchups 

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While the Golden State Warriors maintain a top position, the average ticket price for all games has depreciated by 5% since Durant’s injury.

NHL: Most In-Demand Matchups 
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Last Games at Joe Louis

Although Red Wings are ranked last in the Eastern Conference, sales for home games are still doing very well. One reason for this could be that Detroit fans want to cherish their last moments at Joe Louis given the opening of a new arena this fall.

Joe Louis Arena ranks 4th for best performing venues when it comes to sales for NHL games taking place this month.

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