Thanksgiving week brings us a wide spectrum of events in North America – from NFL rivalry games to Sir Paul McCartney live in concert. Two of this week’s Top 10 Events occur in Canada, including our No. 1 Event of the Week. Can you guess what it is?
Razorgator’s No. 1 Event of the Week was also part of our Top November Sporting Events – it’s the CFL Grey Cup, Canadian Football League’s Championship Game. The CFL East Champions, Toronto Argonauts will play the Calgary Stampeders who upset the B.C. Lions Sunday. The winner of the CFL Grey Cup will walk away with the 100th Lord Earl Grey trophy. Get-in price to Rogers Centre is $331; average ticket price, $1,247.
Another Top November Sporting Event drops in at No. 2 on our weekly Top 10 – the New York Giants. The Giants will play in their second high profile game at MetLife Stadium this month against the Green Bay Packers Sunday. The average ticket price has dropped $111 for this game since the beginning of November.
No rookie to our Top 10 Events of the Week, the New York Knicks come in at No. 3. Tickets for the Knicks are up $39 (on average) per ticket since October 12th. The Lakers still hold the most expensive ticket in the NBA with an average ticket price of $297, but the Knicks are a close second at $296. The Knicks will see the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden Sunday, for their only home game this week. The Pistons (despite being 2-9) are coming off a big win against the Celtics yesterday; while the Knicks are still recovering from their first loss last week. The cheapest ticket in the house, $76.
Dubbed the “most successful composer and recording artist of all time,” Sir Paul McCartney takes over at No. 4 with a live show in Vancouver this weekend. The career of this gentleman is the stuff of legends, from the early beginnings of The Beatles in 1960, to his work with his next project Wings, to a successful solo career that includes his recent work as The Fireman. Seeing the icon comes at a price – get-in price is $90, average price at BC Place Stadium is just over $300.
The only College Football team to make our Top 10 this week is USC vs. Notre Dame at the Coliseum Saturday. The Fighting Irish are one-win away from (what everyone believes) competing in the National Championship Game. Despite USC’s loss to UCLA Saturday and Matt Barkley sitting out Saturday’s game against Notre Dame, tickets against the Fighting Irish have increased 34%. According to Wikipedia, both schools combined have produced the most national titles (22), Heisman trophy winners (14), All-Americas, College Football Hall of Famers and future NFL Hall of Famers (21) of any collegiate football rivalry series; a rivalry that has existed since 1926.
A divisional matchup between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field Sunday has the Bears at No. 6 in our Top 10 this week. Chicago has won the last 5 meetings between the two teams and looks to continue the winning streak to stay on top the NFC North. But the Vikings control their own fate, as two of their last six games will be played against the current NFC North leaders with an additional two against the Green Bay Packers who currently hold the second place spot in the Division. Tickets for the game range from $142- $991.
In another Divisional matchup, the Dallas Cowboys welcome the Washington Redskins to Arlington Thanksgiving Day. A win, for the Redskins would tie the two teams at 5-6 in the NFC East. The last time these two teams met was a year ago and the Cowboys beat the Redskins by 3 in OT. Once called the No. 1 Rivalry of All-Time by SI.com, the rivalry between the two teams always brings a big crowd. Tickets to the game start at $118.
Our No. 8 spot is held by the Brooklyn Nets who host the Los Angeles Clippers Friday and the Portland Trail Blazers Sunday at Barclays Center. Mike Raffone, correspondent for Bleacher Report, believes that despite the Knicks dominance at the beginning of the season, the Nets are New York’s Top NBA Team and they will soon emerge as “the hottest thing in Gotham.” The two West Coast opponents have both managed a relatively good start to the season – the Clippers at 7-2, the Trail Blazers at 5-5. If you’re looking for a cheap ticket, consider Sunday’s game against Portland; the cheapest ticket is just $24.
The San Diego Chargers slide into the Top 10 this Week at No. 9 with a game against the 8-2 Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore will have to play San Diego without their star safety Ed Reed who has been suspended for one game by the NFL for repeated violations of rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players (according to the AP). After a loss Sunday, Chargers fans are hoping for a win this week to stay alive in the Wild Card race.
Miami fans can start their Black Friday shopping early; tickets for the Dolphins/Seahawks matchup are as low as $18 with many opportunities to watch the game at Sun Life Stadium for under $100. Miami may be 4-6 but they have a chance against the 6-4 Seahawks whose all 4 losses came on the road. Both teams are starting a rookie QB, so it’ll be interesting to see how each performs.
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|Top 10 Events||Avg. Price|
|CFL Grey Cup||$1,246.60|
|New York Giants||$328.66|
|New York Knicks||$325.59|
|USC Trojans Football||$300.92|
|San Diego Chargers||$123.43|
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