My friend and I went to the Habs-Flyers game last night and we were ultimately able to buy tickets from a scalper but what occurred the morning of the game was interesting and informative.
My friend is a veteran of many professional sports events. He regularly attends games of the New York Yankees, New York Giants, Boston Red Sox and professional golf tournaments as well as NHL games. After we had breakfast at the Chez Cora, at about 10 am Saturday morning, he told me we could get good tickets by going to the Bell Centre box office and finding out when the players release their unused allotment for friends, relatives and babes. We talked to a nice young lady at the box office right after it opened at 10 am and she told us to check back at noon but she would call. She also took my friend's prepaid Canadian cellphone number and said she would call when she got the word of the ticket release.
As soon as we left the box office two scalpers followed us. The first guy spoke good English but was very aggressive and wanted $250 for seats that were not that great. He did not really negotiate with us so we told him thanks but no thanks. This guy had a seating chart and showed us where the seats were as did the second dude.
Another scalper must have overheard the conversation because he followed us and attempted to start a new negotiation. I let my friend handle the negotiations as he is veteran at these kinds of negotiations and has ruthless negotiation skills. Anyway the negotiation started at $250 but this second scalper was a personable dude and a knowledgeable sports fan. When he heard that we were from the New York area and were Giants fans, he seemed to know all the issues with the team.
Anyway we ended up buying two tickets in section 103, row E, 10 rows off the ice, for $180 each.
The girl from the box office called us back at shortly after noon and had section 112 seats also 10 rows off the ice, and said they were $190 each. After we heard the asking price we told her we thought we were set, and not to hold those tickets for us.
So tickets can be had in real good seats at sold out games for in the $180-$190 range. The trick is to wait until those player tickets get released and be ready to pounce. I actually think we could have gotten the section 103 seats for $170, maybe even $165, but my friend and I liked the scalper and we felt he needed to make something so my friend showed mercy and pulled the trigger at $180 although this guy was still dropping his price.
The seats were really good, sat next to a couple of hot French Canadian women and got to see the Habs beat the Flyers.