UPDATE: The New Lower Bowl Looks Comfortable, Expensive… and Blue
UPDATE: It has been brought to my attention that season ticket holders currently in the first few rows of the center ice 200 level will see their ticket price almost double from $108 to $210! That’s an increase of almost 95%!
My family finally got our new seat locations and invoice for next season. With that came our first look at what MSG will look like next season.
Pretty cool, huh? Wait a minute, what color are those seats?
Looks comfy, right? Wait a minute! Those seats are… are… BLUE! Uh oh. Those “die hard,” “true blue” fans up in the “blue seats” aren’t gonna be happy about this. Now the “suits” are actually the ones sitting in the blue seats!
Anyway, I’ve taken the liberty to go through the different price levels and made a little spreadsheet comparing this year’s seats to last years. Keep in mind that this is very much a guesstimation based on two different interactive seating charts. I did the best I could.
If the spreadsheet is not loading, click here.
One thing that jumps out at me is the $57 increase for those sitting in the first few rows of the 100s (non center) sections. My family currently has seats in section 103 row B. The Garden says that its equivalent is section 120 row 11 in the new Garden. The problem is Section 103 row B costs $108 per ticket, Section 120 row 11 is $165 per ticket. That’s a shockingly high increase of $57 or almost a 53% increase!
Even more shockingly, the last few rows of the current purple seats behind the nets seem to be getting a $20 discount on their tickets.
Some good news is that the increases for the 300 and 400 level seats are among the lowest % increases anywhere in the arena.
Something funny that I noticed was that the Rangers will be adding more seats along the glass called VIP Rinkside and VIP Rinkside East. They are in the same places along the glass, just that the VIP Rinkside East seats are on the East side of the the red line. Oh and they cost $110 more than VIP Rinkside. No, seriously, $110 difference for essentially the same seats. I guess because you have the privilege of sitting right next to the Rangers’ backup goalie (with a piece of glass between you), you get to pay more.
I’d honestly rather sit next to the opposing team’s backup, be closer to the end the Rangers shoot at twice and pay less.
About the author: Eric is a lifelong Rangers fan and is currently studying Computer Engineering at Hofstra University. You can follow him on Twitter: @5holeEric