Cookies help us to deliver our services. By using our website, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn more.

How to Buy Tickets for a Hockey Game in New York

Be fascinated by America's fourth national sport: ice hockey. Here's how to get your ticket to see the Rangers, the NHL's top team in New York.

Matteo Gramegna

Matteo Gramegna

8 min read

How to Buy Tickets for a Hockey Game in New York

NHL | ©Ron Lach

There are thousands of things to do in New York and an NHL game is a highly recommended option. Ice hockey games are known for their atmosphere. You'll see the spectators buzzing as the puck slides quickly across the rink. It's an unforgettable experience that you can do most of the year.

1. Which NHL field hockey games can you watch in New York?

New York Rangers player| ©Matthew D. Britt
New York Rangers player| ©Matthew D. Britt

Ice hockey is an intense and entertaining sport: each game lasts 60 minutes and is divided into 3 halves. To ensure a high tempo, all five players are allowed to change. This strategy is defined as "line switching". In New York the main team is the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders also play.

New York Rangers

In the Big Apple, the New York Rangers are the team of reference. It is the only team that represents the metropolis in this competition. The club was founded in 1926 and is one of the six original teams that gave life to the NHL. They play their games at the legendary Madison Square Garden. The arena is located in Midtown Manhattan between Seventh and Eighth Avenues.

The New York Rangers are part of the Eastern Conference, Metropolitan Division. In this same league compete teams like Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. Some of these games are very heartfelt. Generally, the competition starts in October and the playoffs are played in April.

Book your New York Rangers tickets

2. Where to buy tickets to watch the NHL in New York?

In an NHL game| ©Doug Kerr
In an NHL game| ©Doug Kerr

NHL tickets can be easily purchased online. The tickets are digital and you don't need to print them, just scan the code on the ticket to access the stadium. You can also buy them at the ticket office although I do not recommend it, this way you will avoid wasting precious time during your stay in the metropolis.

Generally, it is preferable to purchase tickets a few days in advance. Check the NHL schedule, if the New York Rangers meet their great rivals, tickets fly. The most heartfelt sports feuds are those with the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders (two derbies), Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins.

Book your NHL tickets

3. How much does it cost to watch an NHL game in New York?

Money in Euros| ©Pixabay
Money in Euros| ©Pixabay

It depends on the seat and the match. Usually, the cheapest ticket ranges between $20 and $30 (roughly between 18 € and 27 €) while the most expensive - and with better visuals, of course - can exceed $300. If you have more budget you can opt for the Event Level, Lexus Level, Signature Level, Lounge and Garden Lounge suites. For more info, I recommend you take a look at the official website of the New York Rangers.

Please note that American teams use dynamic pricing. Let me explain better: the amount of each ticket varies depending on various factors such as market demand and seasonality. In addition, prices go up when the Rangers meet their big rivals:

Book your NHL tickets

4. How to save on NHL tickets in New York?

New York Islanders vs. Buffalo Sabres| ©Doug Kerr
New York Islanders vs. Buffalo Sabres| ©Doug Kerr

The best way to save money to see an ice hockey game is to purchase your ticket in advance. Watching the New York Rangers live at the amazing Madison Square Garden comes at a cost. Still, there are other factors that can help you save when purchasing your tickets.

Choose a more modest opponent

When looking for tickets for a New York Rangers game you should look not only at the date the game is played, but also at the team they are playing. If you choose one of their great rivals, prices may be higher and, in fact, the cheapest seats are sold out quickly due to the interest aroused by the thousands of American fans that this sport attracts.

However, if you get your tickets early, and if your stay in New York allows it, try to select a less attractive opponent and the ticket prices will be cheaper and you will have more options to find cheap tickets.

Preseason game tickets will also be more affordable. Prior to the start of the league, you can watch some great games, including derbies! Also, there are college games that are less interesting but allow you to enjoy the atmosphere of a field hockey game without spending a lot of money.

The best seats at Madison Square Garden

As in the big stadiums of mass sports, there are seats with better or worse visibility. If you want to live the experience of seeing the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden for the show they put on but without having to follow the puck on the ice all the time, I recommend that you choose a seat in zone 200, specifically 208, 210, 222 or 225.

Also, there are other sectors such as those from 413 to 420, where the visibility is worse but the prices are much more affordable, although it will be more difficult to follow the game.

Avoid ticket scalping

Although it is not as common as in other national sports such as the NBA and American soccer, the resale of field hockey tickets also exists. You can find unreliable websites where you can buy them or even around the stadiums where the games are played. To make sure you get an original and valid ticket, it is better to go to official ticket websites such as Hellotickets.

Book your NHL tickets

5. How much do New York Rangers tickets cost?

New York Rangers game at Madison| ©ses7
New York Rangers game at Madison| ©ses7

First of all, remember that New York Rangers games are almost always sold out. To ensure your seat, it is more than advisable to book your tickets well in advance. Let's go back to ours, as a general rule, tickets for the New York team have an average price of 145 $ which is more or less equivalent to 133 €. Prices go up a lot during the playoffs. If the New York Rangers qualify, the cheapest ticket easily reaches $350 (about 321 €).

Book your NHL tickets

6. Can I visit Madison Square Garden if I'm not going to a game?

Madison Square Garden| ©Ajay Suresh
Madison Square Garden| ©Ajay Suresh

Madison Square Garden is the largest and most famous multi-purpose arena in the Big Apple. It is the home of the New York Rangers who share it with the New York Knicks - one of the NBA' s top teams - and hundreds of artists who perform on its stage every week. It is a mythical place that you can visit even if no games or shows are scheduled. For more info on prices and schedules I recommend you to visit the official website of Madison Square Garden.

7. When to watch an NHL game in New York?

Player and the Stanley Cup| ©eyekungfu
Player and the Stanley Cup| ©eyekungfu

The regular season runs from early October to early April. Although there is a pre-season that you can enjoy during the month of September. In total, NHL teams play 82 games during the regular season. The top three teams in each division (Central, Pacific, Atlantic and Metropolitan) and two wild card teams per conference enter the playoffs. The winner lifts the Stanley Cup, the oldest trophy in North American professional sports.

To give you an idea, in the 2019/2020 season the playoffs started on August 1, 2020 while the final took place on September 28, 2020. If you visit New York in the summer you can take the opportunity to escape the heat while discovering a side of American culture.

Book your NHL tickets

8. How long is an NHL game?

Field hockey Players| ©Ron Lach
Field hockey Players| ©Ron Lach

If you are fascinated by this sport but don't know everything about it, this review will be very useful. Ice hockey games are played with 6 players although teams usually include 20 or more athletes. It is a fast-paced sport and each player only plays for a minute or a little more. Therefore, changes are very frequent. Fights" are allowed (red card lasts 5 minutes) and this element adds more adrenaline to the games.

A match lasts 60 minutes and is divided into 3 halves of 20 minutes. Each break lasts 15 minutes. Consider that time stops at each break and substitutions are made at this interval. For this reason, the game usually lasts about two and a half hours. If at the end of the 60 minutes the score is fixed at a draw, an extra time of 5 minutes is foreseen. The golden goal decides the match.

Book your NHL tickets

9. Do children pay admission to NHL games?

New York Islanders vs Philadelphia Flyers| ©Steve Maciejewski
New York Islanders vs Philadelphia Flyers| ©Steve Maciejewski

Depends on age. As a general rule, NHL teams allow children under 2 years of age free admission to the game. Please note that your child will have to sit on your lap as he/she will not have a fixed seat. If you think your child would be uncomfortable, I recommend buying a ticket anyway. Another thing to keep in mind is the temperature. Being a sport on ice, the stadiums are usually quite cold, so wrap up warm before leaving the hotel! Here you have more info about the activities you can do in New York with kids.

Book your NHL tickets

10. Tips for watching an NHL game

In a Game| ©Steve Maciejewski
In a Game| ©Steve Maciejewski
  • It is preferable to arrive at the stadium at least half an hour before the game. Please note that you will have to pass under a metal detector at the entrance.
  • The famous Madison Square Garden is near Penn Station and is easily accessible by train (lines 1, 2, 3, A, C and E) to 34th Street/Penn Station.
  • Around the arena you will find hundreds of places to eat. It is advisable to go in with a full stomach. Inside Madison Square Garden, food is not cheap.
  • Each game begins with the "face off" and ends when the referee blows the whistle or a goal is scored.
  • In penalty kicks, the player who has been fouled must skate alone toward the opposing team's goalie from the center of the field.
  • The ice rink is known as a "rink". It measures 200 feet long by 85 feet wide and is surrounded by protective glass.
  • If you don't want to get cold, bundle up!

Book your NHL tickets