Vancouver Canucks fans were in a forgiving mood Saturday with the ending of the National Hockey League's months-long contract dispute and eagerly anticipate the renewal of play next weekend.
“I'm so excited, it's so nice to have hockey back,” a fan told CBC News. “It finally feels like winter in Canada again.”
Many are already making plans, and some are reaching deep into their pockets for tickets.
“Probably, a good seat, I'd be willing to pay...probably a thousand,” said another fan, evidently with some disposable income.
Teams themselves can't officially sell tickets to individual games until the release of a schedule, which was expected later Saturday night.
That's not stopping season-ticket holders from getting a head start and selling their seats — and giving a boost to local ticket brokers.
“Ranging anywhere between $69 and up,” said Jonathan Jones, of Showtime Tickets. “Season-ticket holders are probably going to start selling their tickets for 30- to 50-per cent below box office pricing.”
But Jones said you might want to pick your games early.
“Bang for your buck. Start of the season is the way to go. Towards the end of the season, we'll see high-pricing and more demand.”
If you want to mix a Canucks game in with your vacation, there are deals to be had if you're willing to fly from Bellingham, Wash.
A return flight to San Jose, Calif., to see the Canucks play the Sharks will set you back $115 dollars, with tickets going for about $50 US apiece.
Getting to Los Angeles and back from Bellingham could cost about $200 dollars, while tickets for the Stanley Cup champion Kings start at $39.50 US. Tickets in nearby Anaheim start at just $27 US.
And if the California coast isn't your scene, a trip to Phoenix, Ariz., can be had for $288, with plenty of $40 US tickets available.