The first pucks of the 2016-2017 NHL season were dropped this week as fans across the country (and, of course, in Canada) streamed into arenas to watch their teams hit the ice. If any of those fans happen to live near their team’s arena, they’re probably paying a pretty penny to do so, according to an analysis from RENTCafe and MarketWatch.
The analysis looked at more than a dozen NHL-primary arenas in the U.S., and showed that some of the newest arenas, those less than 20 years old, have been the biggest drivers of higher rental prices.
The average rent in Columbus, Ohio is $803, but rent near Nationwide Arena, home to the Columbus Blue Jackets is $1,354. In Nashville, the average apartment rents for $1,149, but near Bridgestone Arena, home to the Nashville Predators, it’s $1,911.
The NHL has been on a steady expansion since the early 1990s, growing southward and westward in the U.S. (there are seven Canadian NHL teams) from 21 teams in 1990, to 31 teams starting next year, when a yet-unnamed franchise in Las Vegas will begin playing at the T-Mobile Arena which opened in April on the Strip for the 2017-2018 season.
Both the NHL and the NBA play 82 home and away games a season, and average attendance is about the same, 17,481 a game for NHL games for the 2015-2016 season and 17,319 for the NBA season last year.
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