Whether you're at home, out at the pub with friends, or physically at the game, drinking a cold one and watching a hockey game go hand-in-hand for a lot of us.
For all the thirsty fans out there, we decided to take a look at which NHL teams have the most affordable beer prices. Specifically, if you and a buddy go to the hockey game with $50 in your pocket, how much malted grain can you expect to consume?
For the purposes of this calculation:
- Gratuity is excluded
- Assume $1 USD = $1 CAD (the exchange rate at time of writing)
- The prices do not include local and federal sales tax.
- We used a 16 ounce cup (the standard serving size for beer in most arenas)
Here are how the teams stacked up:
|Rank||Team||How many Beer does $50 buy?||Cost (16 oz.)|
|4||St. Louis Blues||$5.60|
|8||New York Rangers||$6.00|
|10||San Jose Sharks||$6.25|
|11||Los Angeles Kings||$6.40|
|18||Toronto Maple Leafs||$7.26|
|22||Detroit Red Wings||$8.00|
|24||New Jersey Devils||$8.00|
|26||Columbus Blue Jackets||$9.00|
|28||New York Islanders||$9.50|
|30||Tampa Bay Lightning||$10.67|
Data Source: Fan Cost Experience
Here are a few things we learned:
- For every single beer you order at a Lightning game, you'd get 2.7 for the same at an Avalanche game.
- If you spent $50 on yourself at an Avalanche game, you'd have to drink 4 beer per period. (and take several trips to the restroom!)
- The cheapest arena in Canada for a beer is at an Ottawa Senators game.
- The average cost is $7.07 versus $6.06 in 2008. Up 16.7% in 5 years.
Cheers Hockey Fans!
Side note: Thirst for beer bought the Montreal Canadians, they are owned by a partnership group headed by the Molson Family, famed with creating Canada's largest brewing company.