Click fast or you might miss them: About 1,000 tickets for the Stanley Cup Finals Games 3 and 4 in Pittsburgh go on sale at 10 a.m. today, a day after their opponents in Detroit put single-game tickets on sale.
You can hit the phone lines or get in line at the box office, too, of course. Or hit the road. Games 1 and 2 are tomorrow and Sunday at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena. If needed, Game 5 is June 6 at Detroit, Game 6 is June 9 at Pittsburgh and Game 7 is June 12 at Detroit.
Those 1,000 tickets, ranging in price from $125 to $385, are about a thousand fewer than were available for previous playoff games this season. "That's because the NHL has more ticket requirements at its signature event," said Tom McMillan, Penguins vice president of communications.
Only Games 3 and 4 of the finals, televised by the Versus network, will be shown on the outdoor screen in front of Mellon Arena. The other games, broadcast by NBC, will not be shown there or inside the building, to comply with the NHL national broadcasting policy.
During last year's finals between these same teams, 15,000 fans paid $5 to watch games inside the Arena, with the price of admission going to the Mario Lemieux Foundation for cancer and neonatal research.
Ticket brokers began listing tickets as soon as Detroit joined the Pens in the finals with an overtime victory Wednesday night. At sites such as TicketLiquidators.com, tickets to Penguins' home games were going for up to $1,300 "on the glass lowers." On CraigsList, a pair of tickets for Games 3 and 4 in the Mellon Arena's section C2 will cost you $1,000.
But at StubHub.com, as the games go on, the prices skyrocket. Top-dollar ticket in Pittsburgh is for a potential Game 6: Two seats in Level B are $20,000 -- each.
Back in the real world, tickets at Mellon Arena are available online at www.ticketmaster.com and by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or visiting Ticketmaster sites and the Mellon Arena Gate One box office. Tickets to all four potential home games are available, with a limit of eight tickets per game.
Tickets for games at Joe Louis Arena, are available by visiting www.ticketmaster.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. The price range at Ticketmaster was $95-$350.
Games 1 and 2 can be seen on NBC, and Games 3 and 4 are being televised by Vs. The Game 2 starting time has not been announced. All others start at 8 p.m.
Sharon Eberson can be reached at seberson@-post-gazette.com or 412-263-1960.