If you are a fan, the idea is to get as close to the basket as possible. And on Thursday, $596 won’t get you very close. That’s the cheapest price the Warriors were selling — or, more accurately, re-selling — a ticket to the opening game of the NBA Finals. For that money, you get a seat as far away from the basket as it is possible to get while still being, at least technically, inside the arena. It’s in the 16th row of the upper deck, back in the corner. And that doesn’t include the “service charge” of $98.34. The most expensive seat currently on the market, at courtside, is close enough for Stephen Curry’s sweat droplets to be included at no additional charge. The selling price is $32,315. Few people on planet Earth could even afford the $5,331.98 service charge for that one, let alone the actual ticket. (It was not immediately clear why it would cost 54 times more money to “service” one ticket over another.)
The Cavs have been inundated with media requests for next Thursday’s opener. One team executive estimated tonight that the requests have surpassed the Dec. 2, 2010 game that was LeBron’s original return game to Cleveland as a member of the Heat. Now the Cavs are scrambling to find places to house all the media, since they can’t use their normal postseason media seating. That requires eliminating seats, and fans have already purchased tickets for those seats for Thursday night. Regardless, it should be a special night for the city and Cavs fans. I’ll see you then.
Although the Lakers are a marquee, a ticket to one of their games on the secondary market is not the most expensive in the NBA. According to national ticket marketplace Vivid Seats, the New York Knicks have the “highest median ticket price on the secondary market at $200.” The Lakers are second at $180, ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder ($170) and Chicago Bulls ($165).