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Tickets for the Vancouver Canucks’ first home playoff games in nearly a decade went on sale to the general public Monday, with resale prices quickly reaching hundreds of dollars.

Kingsley Bailey, who resells event tickets through his company, Vancouver Ticket, says the cheapest tickets for the Canucks’ upcoming home opener were in the $250 range, but they quickly disappeared.

The cheapest Game 1 tickets available on Ticketmaster via verified resale Monday afternoon cost more than $400, including fees.

Standard tickets were still available for more expensive seats, starting at around $700.

But Bailey says the prices he’s currently seeing on resale sites are high and he wouldn’t be surprised to see a market correction.

“I would probably say within 48 hours of the game, if there’s a lot of inventory, the prices, I think, will correct themselves… Those prices are high.”

The Canucks became the first Canadian team to book their spot in the NHL playoffs after the San Jose Sharks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-0 on Saturday night.

The team last reached the playoffs in 2020, when games were closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Canucks last played a home playoff game in front of fans at Rogers Arena in Vancouver in 2015, when the club lost its best-of-seven first-round series to the Calgary Flames four games to two.

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Bailey says prices were more reasonable in 2015 because the Canucks “limped” to the playoffs. Tickets before the Flames game cost between $80 and $300, according to a Vancouver Sun article at the time.

Bailey said he still sees a lot of interest among fans, but concerns about rising ticket prices mean fans are buying fewer tickets each.

He said that in recent years, he often saw fans buying tickets for two games in a playoff round. Now, fans may be considering attending fewer games.

“It’s going to affect discretionary spending related to events like this,” Bailey said of the rising costs. “So when they were going to two or three games, maybe they’ll pick one now.”

Canucks fan Kevin Danchella, who visited Bailey’s in downtown Vancouver on Monday, said tickets are expensive and he can only attend one playoff game.

“I’ll probably watch the rest on TV,” Danchella said.

Dates and times for the Canucks’ first-round games have not been determined, nor has their opponent.

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