On Monday night the Nashville Predators made history winning their first ever Western Conference Championship landing them in the Stanley Cup Final. Now, if you’re new around here, this is a HUGE deal.
Alright so we might not be “Gunsmoke” but as of Monday night, we in there fam!
Ready or not the Nashville Predators are hot right now!
Tickets for the previous three rounds were already hitting record prices for Bridgestone. You could have booked a flight to the West Coast for cheaper than you could get into a Predators home game. Alas, desperate times call for desperate measures.
Trade a car for Game 6 SCF tickets? Yeah, that's something that was proposed on Facebook. pic.twitter.com/d0jxlFCrpi— Kristopher Martel (@kmartel_sports) May 24, 2017
Good thing the Predators organization hashed out that Uber deal...I guess.
We’re past that now, we’re in the biggest big show of the big show in the National Hockey League. There’s been a lot of talk about how to get into a Cup Final Game. Most of the conversations sound a lot like “...well I know this guy who knows this guy that has this guy...”
If you’re fresh out of guys who know guys who have ticket guys I’ve taken it upon myself to fire up the magical mystical beast that is the internet and scroll to it’s darkest depths (read Google’s page 5 search page) to find out how to get into the Stanley Cup Finals in Nashville.
Alright, first thing’s first, you always have to check your legit resources you can count on AKA Ticketmaster. Now I know what you’re thinking “but the fees are outrageous!” It’s true. But that $75 processing fee, handling fee, shipping fee, paperless fee, purified air fee for your electronic ticket are your security blankets.
Verified Source = Real Ticket = Entry to the Stanley Cup Finals at Bridgestone. Done and done. Rejoice!
If only it were that simple. We know from the previous three rounds Ticketmaster is a guaranteed sell-out. Tickets went on-sale to Season Ticket Holders on Wednesday morning and sold-out within the hour. The Predators had prepared to sell the pre-sale tickets through Thursday.
The Season Ticket Holder pre-sale is SOLD OUT! All STHs that pre-purchased Final tickets are good to go and we'll see you in #Smashville!— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) May 24, 2017
What does that mean for everyone else?
The Ticketmaster Games! Kind of like the Hunger Games, but without all the death.
As a survivor of numerous bouts in the Ticketmaster Games, I will tell you that anything is possible if you believe!
Now I know some of you are still mumbling about those damned fees. You want your options, I respect that!
Note: your chances of getting inside Bridgestone get slimmer and slimmer the further we progress.
So you’ve decided you don’t want to play it safe, you want the best seat your hard-earned dollars can buy and those Ticketmaster fees can kick rocks. Cool. The secondary ticket market’s got you covered. Let’s take a look-see...
I’ll give you a second to pick yourself up off the floor, but yes that’s a Game 3 ticket to Bridgestone in the 300 level going for $850. That’s the cheapest available as of now.
Let’s put this into perspective...
Current List of Things Cheaper than a Re-sale Ticket to SCF Game 3 at Bridgestone:
- Two nights at the Omni Hotel downtown during Memorial Day Weekend
- My car payment
- My mortgage payment
- A roundtrip flight to Los Angeles during Memorial Day Weekend
- Eight tickets to see Metallica literally anywhere in the US this summer
- 10 boxes of Sour Patch Kids at a movie theater
I haven’t swayed your hard-earned dollars? You’re not paying those forsaken fees, and to top it all off, you want lower bowl tickets. Say no more fam!
Yowza X 2!
I’ll give you a minute to pull yourself out of cardiac arrest. That’s one, you heard me, one lower bowl ticket to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena.
Some “cheaper” tickets:
Premium lower bowl, center ice, double letter rows! That’s prime real estate in the Bridge. And you know what they say about prime real estate. Well, I don’t know what they say, but you get where I’m going with this.
Once again, let’s put this into perspective.
Current List of Things Cheaper than a Re-sale Lower Bowl Ticket to SCF Game 3 at Bridgestone:
- My mortgage...for 10 months
- My car payment...for 3 years
- An all-inclusive week-long vacation for 4 Adults to Disney World
- Nashville Predators 300 Level Season Tickets for the next 5 1⁄2 seasons
- 75 Tickets to see Metallica literally anywhere in the United States
- 6 1⁄2 2002 Toyota Solaras
- 4,000 Volcano Tacos from Taco Bell
- 25 boxes of Sour Patch Kids at a movie theater
The secondary market has come a long way, I’ll give them that, but it’s worth noting that with all the ticket policies and procedures that the Predators have put in place there is not a guarantee that even a legitimate resale site is going to get you into Bridgestone. Don’t trust me, trust this guy:
"If it's a paper ticket, the odds of it being real are pretty slim," - @PREDSident— Kristopher Martel (@kmartel_sports) May 24, 2017
Take note now, folks.
So now what? You’ve missed your Ticketmaster opportunity, you’d rather see Metallica 75 times before you buy a resale ticket, what are your options?
Disclaimer: It gets really dark from here.
I was really hoping there would be a Craigslist post for the ages for this moment. A post so bold that it would go down in Preds history on it’s own. Sadly I didn’t get that.
I’ve used Craigslist twice in my entire life, once in 2010 to buy concert tickets, and two years ago to rent a house. Of those two occurrences, I’ve been victorious twice. Again, anything is possible if you believe.
The current state of Craigslist is bleak for tickets. Mostly, it’s people wanting tickets, mass posts for secondary sites, or old listings for the past three rounds. But if you scroll far enough, you’ll find this...
For the record, I’m not sure what the status of the chickens is in reference to Nashville Predators tickets, I wasn’t brave enough to open the link. I told you, it’s bleak in these parts.
Now is probably a good time to exercise caution.
"What logical person would meet a person at a gas station to give them $4000 in cash" - @PREDSident on fans potentially buying fake tickets— Kristopher Martel (@kmartel_sports) May 24, 2017
Also, what logical person does this?
GUNS FOR HOCKEY, EVERYONE. GUNS FOR HOCKEY.
So, Ticketmaster is all sold out. Your significant other won’t let you refinance your home, no one wants your car, and you are fresh out of AR-15s. Now what?
The Hail Mary
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This is as dark as it gets folks. It’s D-Day AKA Saturday, June 3rd, 2017. It’s almost puck drop and the Nashville Predators are about to play their first home-ice Stanley Cup Final game in franchise history.
You still don’t have tickets into the building, the Twice Daily Tickets wouldn’t load, after some questionable e-mails about scarification to the Preds, they aren’t responding to your season ticket requests. Meanwhile, there’s some questionable guys “needing tickets” on the corner of 5th and Broad, but you’re exercising safety and caution as advised.
The clock is winding down but by gawd it’s the Nashville Predators playing for Lord Stanley’s Cup, all the emotions, all the adrenaline, you’re going full Mission Impossible!
I know what you’re thinking, the mascot repels in from the roof, there’s got to be a way. I see where you’re going with this and as the voice of reason here...I strongly suggest you don’t.
Don’t do this.
Your hopes and dreams are shattered, the game is starting, the doors are closing, the questionable ticket guys are disappearing...I told you it was dark down here!
The Back-Up Plan
Luckily, you’re logical and Nashville is the coolest city ever when it comes to the playoffs (see Rounds 1, 2, and 3 and don’t @ me Hawks, Blues, Ducks fans). The Predators have come a long way and they’ve learned a thing or two about throwing a good party (see NHL All-Star Game 2016). But most importantly you’re not alone.
So pull up a chair next to 20,000 - 30,000 of your closest friends and enjoy the ride without the crippling afterthought of bankruptcy or being that person on the news who tried to scale the side of Bridgestone. Inside the building or outside, these are fun times my friends and they only get better from here.