Hockey fans are notorious diehards, so it wouldn’t be surprising if some want to live as close as possible to their favorite team’s home ice.
While their passion might be admirable, it can also be costly as rents near sports venues can be nearly 70 percent higher than a city’s average, a new study from RENTCafé found.
Boston Bruins fans can expect to pay 9 percent more in rent than the typical city resident to live near TD Gardens, while New Yorkers can expect to pay 7 percent more to be an Islanders neighbor near Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and 5 percent more to be near the Rangers and Madison Square Garden.
Philadelphia Flyers fans living near the Wells Fargo Center, however, actually pay $7 less than the average Philly rent.
Surprisingly, the most expensive jump in rent near NHL arenas isn’t in pricey real estate cities like New York or Los Angeles—that distinction goes to Columbus, Ohio.
Home of the Blue Jackets, the average rent near Nationwide Arena is $1,354. Compared to the Columbus’ average rent of $803, that’s a 69 percent difference.
Rounding out the Top 3, Nashville Predators fans living near Bridgestone Arena pay 66 percent more rent than the average and Tampa Bay Lightning fans can expect to pay 65 percent more in rent to live by the Amalie Arena.
Check out this infographic from RENTCafé to see how the other NHL teams matched up: