Every so often I get a pitch from someone who wants to give me data on how expensive tickets to the Maple Leafs are. They want me to write an article that uses their data to promote their service, which is hard not to see as a carefully designed tool to state the obvious. This would be like making a statistical model that managed to tell you Connor McDavid was good at hockey and not much else.
StubHub wanted us to do an article about their service, which is something you might actually be interested in ahead of the HHOF induction game against the Bruins (why, though?) which is a crucial game for the Leafs and a chance to see the inductees on the ice as well.
Tickets aren’t going to be easy to get, so looking for some deals on StubHub might be your way to go.
Is it safe to buy tickets on StubHub?
StubHub makes this Promise:
BUY TICKETS WITH CONFIDENCE:
Get valid tickets to any event or your money back.
We go out of our way to find replacement tickets if there is an issue with your order.
A full refund if your event is cancelled and not rescheduled.
That doesn’t mean the sellers are all totally honest and upfront, it just means that StubHub will refund your money if something does go wrong. You don’t get that from the guys who scalp tickets outside of venues. There is little protection under Ontario law for you the consumer.
If you decide to try to find tickets on StubHub, make sure you remember two very key things. The prices are all in USD and there will be service fees added on before you checkout. Read the whole page before you click! Don’t be Haydn Fleury:
I asked NHL players an impulse purchase they’ve made over the past year. Haydn Fleury’s response was very relatable https://t.co/GdKw8toDOl pic.twitter.com/A6Eq8fRVcn— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) November 4, 2019
About that USD thing... Make sure you know what your credit card charges you in exchange. Sometimes the fees for a simple USD purchase are absurd, and you don’t even know it’s happening. StubHub takes PayPal, so if you have US dollars in your PayPal account, use those. But if all you have in there is Canadian dollars, you need to check their exchange rates. Buying stuff is a lot of work these days.
Why are you even doing all of this? To go see the Bruins?
No, because the HHOF Induction game on Friday, November 15 is part of the whole weekend that honours the inductees.
And this year’s inductees include a member of the Maple Leafs staff, and one of the greatest players to every wear the red and white.
The Legends Game is on the ice as Scotiabank Arena on Sunday, November 17, and captains Mats Sundin and Nik Lidstrom lead their teams that include Wickenheiser, Marie-Philip Poulin, Jayna Hefford and lots of your Leafs favourites like Tomas Kaberle and Andrew Raycroft. There’s some new Leafs fans like Eric Lindros, and Lidstrom managed to get Igor Larionov to play too.
This is going to be a special event, and great weekend, and if you have faith, the Leafs might just stomp the Bruins after watching pros of that calibre be honoured.
Don’t forget you can also sell your tickets on StubHub if that all seems like too much fun.
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