NHL Heritage Classic: Outdoor Hockey is More Popular in USA Than in Canada

SeatGeekAnalyst IFebruary 16, 2011

MONTREAL, CANADA - JANUARY 17:  (L-R) Jaroslav Spacek #6, Jeff Halpern #15 and Roman Hamrlik #44 of the Montreal Canadiens warm up in their Heritage Classic Tuques prior to facing the Calgary Flames in their NHL game at the Bell Centre on January 17, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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Is it possible that outdoor hockey is more popular in the USA than it is in Canada? Ticket prices of the Winter Classic compared to the Heritage Classic show that this might actually be the case.

The Heritage Classic is the second installment of outdoor hockey this NHL season. The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals faced off against one another on New Year's Day at Heinz Field in front of an enormous crowd of approximately 68,000. Ticket prices for the Winter Classic were through the roof, averaging $423 per ticket.

This coming weekend, the Montreal Canadiens will take on the Calgary Flames outdoors at McMahon Stadium in front of a crowd of around 38,000. Heritage Classic tickets are definitely not cheap at an average price $251 a piece, 130 percent more expensive than the average Flames home game, but only 69 percent of the cost of a ticket to the Winter Classic. 

As of today, tickets for the Heritage Classic are not even sold out and Heritage Classic tickets are available on SeatGeek for less than face value.

Heritage Classic vs Winter Classic - Calgary Hockey

So what does this all boil down to? Watching a live outdoor NHL game is more popular in the USA than it is in Canada.