Flyers rank sixth in the NHL in average ticket prices

The Flyers rank sixth among NHL teams for the average price of a ticket and 13th in its Fan Cost Index, according to Team Marketing Report's annual assessment that came out last Friday.

An average ticket to a Flyers game costs $60.25 this season. That's above the league average of $49.66 and an 8.2 percent increase over last season. Toronto tops that list, at $76.15 per ticket. Montreal ($64.26), Vancouver ($62.05) and Boston ($61.40) follow. Minnesota is fifth at $61.28, just ahead of the Flyers. On the low end? It wouldn't cost you much to attend games in Buffalo ($36.43) and St. Louis ($29.95). The Flyers visit Buffalo in November and March, and tral to St. Louis in late January after the All-Star Game.

An average premium Flyers ticket is $173.80, this second highest in the league. The New York Rangers have far and away the most expensive premium ticket, at $254.98. Toronto is third, at $168.14. The NHL's average for a premium ticket is $113.44. Carolina's premium ticket ($75.98) ranks lowest among NHL teams. 

There are a few other interesting numbers among the average ticket prices. While Boston ranks among the top five in average ticket price, its premium ticket costs $88.93, well below the league average. Chicago, one of the league's downtrodden franchises, has an average ticket price of $52.22 and a premium ticket that averages $114.30. Washington ranks below the league average, at $41.66 (average ticket) and $130 (premium ticket)

Defending champion Detroit plays in the Joe Louis Arena, one of the older arenas in the league (opened in late 1979) and one of the few without corporate sponsorship. Tickets to those games on aveage cost $46.60 and premium tickets go for $60.89.

This Fan Cost Index (FCI) you've probably heard about before is used to measure the cost of the fan experience for all four major sports. According to the Team Marketing Report Web site, it represents "a weighted average of season ticket prices for general seating categories, determined by factoring the tickets in each price range as a percentage of the total number of seats in each stadium. It comprises the prices of four average-price tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-size hot dogs, parking for one car, two game programs and two least-expensive, adult-size adjustable caps."

This season's FCI in the NHL is $288.23, a 5.5 percent hike from last season. The Flyers' FCI rose 2.9 percent. Toronto tops all franchises in FCI, at $411.30. Montreal ranks second ($361.25) and Boston, where parking on average costs $20 and a cap costs $20, ranks third ($352.60). Carolina ($219.52) and St. Louis ($193.26) have the NHL's lowest FCIs.