December seems to be a busy month for everyone, as people prepare for Christmas, Hannukah, Festivus, New Year's and, of course, National Flashlight Day. But if you can find some free time in your busy schedule, there are all kinds of live events you can enjoy before 2012 overtakes us. See below for some great ideas.
Z100 Jingle Ball: This year's annual holiday bash features Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, David Guetta and several other big names. The megaconcert takes place on December 9.
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Celine Dion: The pop legend is kicking off an eight-month residency in Las Vegas on December 28.
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Metallica: The rockers are playing four dates in San Francisco: Dec. 5, 7, 9 and 10.
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* Based on tickets sold between 8/1/2011 and 10/4/2011
For the past ten years or more, the Bruins were a sports afterthought in Boston and New England. They were rarely talked about on sports radio and lacked very many casual fans. That all changed last season when the B's won the Stanley Cup and became the hottest team in town and that seems to be reflected in ticket sales for the upcoming season.
Since August 1, the Bruins have sold nearly 23 percent more tickets on the TicketNetwork Exchange than any other team in the National Hockey League. Even more eye-opening, the Bruins have sold 389 percent more tickets than the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team that has sold the smallest number of tickets (What?!? Columbus, Ohio, is not a hockey hot-bed? I refuse to believe it).
The Bruins will begin their defense of their title on October 6 against the Philadelphia Flyers. The average ticket price for the game is currently $283, the third highest average ticket price of any game this season.
Canadians really do love their hockey
While the aforementioned Bruins vs. Flyers game has the third highest average price of any game this season, it is one of only two in the top 15 games with the highest average ticket price that takes place on U.S. soil. The rest all take place in arenas north of the border, including the top game of the season, the home opener for the Winnipeg Jets against the Montreal Canadiens. The game, which has an average price of $614, will be the regular season debut for the Jets since relocating to Winnipeg from Atlanta.
After two months and 89 playoff games, the National Hockey League has finally crowned its 2011 Stanley Cup champion as the Boston Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals last night.
It was definitely not an easy road for the Bruins this postseason, having to win three Game 7's in four rounds, but it made the win that much sweeter for their fans (as evidenced by the video below). The championship is the first for Boston in nearly 40 years, and it solidified Boston as the city of champions in the last decade, with all four pro teams winning at least one title.B's goalie Tim Thomas stopped a NHL playoff record 798 shots over the course of the postseason and won the Conn Smythe Award as the playoffs’ most valuable player. The Stanley Cup will make its way through the streets of Boston as the Bruins celebrate with fans during the team's victory parade this Saturday.
In Vancouver, the Stanley Cup Finals did not end as fans had hoped and, well, they acted a little crazy. Scratch that, A LOT crazy. Downtown Vancouver was filled with angry fans flooding the streets, flipping cars, starting fires and harassing the local police. The city at least is living up to its reputation; they did the same thing in 1994 after they lost in the Stanley Cup Finals to the New York Rangers.