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How affordable are Winnipeg Jets tickets compared with other playoff teams?

The cheapest way to get in the doors of the Bell MTS Place for Game 1 or 2 was to throw down $137, according to Ticketmaster.

Yeah, pretty steep, but just be glad you aren't a hockey fan in Denver; they have the priciest cheap seats in the playoffs at CAD$214.63.

Oof.

Toronto Maple Leafs fans have the privilege of spending $189 to get a seat inside the Air Canada Centre. And that's if they were able to get the ticket at face value, which was near-impossible since only 96 tickets were available to the public, according to a report by the Toronto Star and the CBC.

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The cheapest way to get in the doors of the Bell MTS Place for Game 1 or 2 was to throw down $137, according to Ticketmaster.

Yeah, pretty steep, but just be glad you aren't a hockey fan in Denver; they have the priciest cheap seats in the playoffs at CAD$214.63.

Oof.

Toronto Maple Leafs fans have the privilege of spending $189 to get a seat inside the Air Canada Centre. And that's if they were able to get the ticket at face value, which was near-impossible since only 96 tickets were available to the public, according to a report by the Toronto Star and the CBC.

Here at home, there were only 500 Winnipeg Jets tickets available to the public for general sale for the first round, so it's likely only a few fans in the stands paid face-value for the cheap tickets.

We're not the most expensive, and we're not the cheapest

...but we have the least disposable income in the league

Winnipeggers aren't swimming in extra cash.

After we pay the landlord, feed ourselves and pay the government, Winnipeggers are left with the least cash to spend or save, on average, says the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Washington, D.C. on the other hand, seems to have a lot of extra cash — and it doesn't look as though they have to pay through the nose to see the Capitals play the Blue Jackets in the first round. 

How many people want to see the team play?

In other words, how big is the market, and how many people call themselves fans?

We've taken a very non-scientific approach to answer this question.

As of April 10, just under 370,000 people liked the Winnipeg Jets Facebook page — the equivalent of about half the population of Winnipeg. That's pretty good uptake, but look at Pittsburgh: That's a popular team, or at least it has a fanbase that really loves Facebook.

Fans are happy to pay

Surprise: Winnipeg Jets home-game regular-season attendance was great again this year.

Note Colorado, though. The team had a tough time getting butts in seats this year -- the same team that has the most expensive cheap seats in the playoffs.

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