StubHub Ranks the Nation’s Best Places to Snatch a Sports Bargain
By: eBay Inc. Staff
Atlanta’s Combination of Affordable NBA, NFL and NHL Tickets Make it the Top Market to Score a Bargain Seat
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, today unveiled its’ first-ever ranking of top bargain sports markets in the nation, based on data collected between September 1, 2010 and February 28, 2011, excluding all postseason activity. Atlanta topped the list as the market with the best bargains, driven by late season NFL games and midweek NBA matchups at very attractive prices. Charlotte and Detroit ranked number two and number three respectively.
“StubHub’s ticket sales data is the leading measurement of fan demand in the industry, as the prices that fans are willing to pay is a true indicator of a ticket’s worth – whether it’s $1 or $1000”
As home to major league teams including the Hawks, Thrashers and Falcons, as well as collegiate teams like Georgia Tech, Atlanta gives Georgians plenty of sporting events to choose from. Despite the Hawks’ rise from the bottom in the Eastern Conference over the last few years, their home game tickets are among the cheapest in the league at $43 on average. Now, post-All-Star Game, and as the NBA moves closer to the playoffs, fans can purchase tickets on StubHub.com to see Joe Johnson, Al Horford and recent acquisition Kirk Hinrich, for as little as $1 for some games.
The Hawks’ Philips Arena roommate, the Thrashers, also provide an NHL bargain, as fans have been able to get into any Thrashers’ home game for under $20 so far this season. Down the street at the Georgia Dome, despite the exciting early season overtime win against then-Super Bowl Champion Saints, Falcons’ home game tickets stayed on the lower end of the league spectrum throughout the 2010 season, averaging $100 per ticket.
The Charlotte, NC area makes StubHub’s bargain list at number two, buoyed by strong NBA deals. Even with the excitement brought by starting guard tandem D.J. Augustin and Gerald Henderson, Bobcats’ home game get-ins have been found for as low as $1. In the fall, Charlotte saw the loss of “The Freak of Nature,” Julius Peppers, which likely contributed to the Panthers joining the Falcons as one of the best bargains in the NFL, with home games averaging just $87. Panthers’ tickets dipped down to $49 on average for the December 19 matchup against the Cardinals, when the team was no longer in playoff contention.
Detroit rounds out StubHub’s top three bargain markets, as bargains were evenly distributed amongst the local NFL, NBA and NHL teams. Lions home games in 2010 averaged just $70 per ticket, and thus far Pistons’ tickets are averaging $34 per ticket. Another steal StubHub uncovered was that Red Wings tickets could be purchased for under $15. On average, for the past six months, sports fans in Detroit could see nearly all of its professional sports teams for under $45 a game.
“StubHub’s ticket sales data is the leading measurement of fan demand in the industry, as the prices that fans are willing to pay is a true indicator of a ticket’s worth – whether it’s $1 or $1000,” said Ray Elias, director of marketing for StubHub. “As the most trusted ticketing destination with the largest sporting ticket availability, StubHub is continually providing fans with the best selection of seats at prices fans just can’t pass up.”
To arrive at the Top 10 Bargain Sports Markets, StubHub reviewed sales for events in each respective market (based on region, not city) between the dates of 9/1/10 and 2/28/11. The measurement is based on combined average price rankings per team per market; includes the NBA, NHL, NFL, College, Golf, Tennis, MMA, MLS, Wrestling and Motorsports; filters out postseason activity; and considers only markets with at least two major sports teams. StubHub’s list of “Top 10 Bargain Sports Markets” is as follows:
|1. Atlanta||6. Minneapolis|
|2. Charlotte||7. Tampa/St. Petersburg|
|3. Detroit||8. Kansas City|
|4. Cleveland||9. Seattle|
|5. Miami/South Florida||10. Cincinnati|
Similar to its parent company eBay, StubHub connects buyers and sellers in a guaranteed platform, managing the exchange of tickets between fans. As the largest ticket destination in the secondary market (according to ComScore Metrics), StubHub ticket data reflects the largest sample size of tickets sold in the industry. StubHub data is based on actual ticket sales, not ticket listings; this simply means StubHub is providing the most accurate gauge of fan demand.
StubHub is the world's largest ticket marketplace, enabling fans to buy and sell tickets to tens of thousands of sports, concert, theater and other live entertainment events. StubHub reinvented the ticket resale market in 2000 and continues to lead it through innovation. The company's unique online marketplace, dedicated solely to tickets, provides all fans the choice to buy or sell their tickets in a safe, convenient and highly reliable environment. All transactions are processed and delivered by StubHub and backed by the company's FanProtect Guarantee(TM). Company partners include the New York Yankees, Washington Redskins and the University of Southern California along with nearly 60 teams in the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NCAA, complemented with companies such as ESPN and AOL.