Kobe Bryant NBA Finale is Here; Ticket Prices High
We have all been awaiting the Kobe Bryant NBA finale, which is Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz.
The average resale ticket for Wednesday’s game was listed at $2,110 as of Monday afternoon, more than 500 percent higher than the average for Lakers home games this year, according to secondary ticket vendors. The cheapest seat goes for $888. Money is no object to some when it comes to seeing Kobe Bryant one last time. The most expensive ticket is listed at about $25,700.
The 37-year-old Bryant announced in November that he would retire after this season, creating a spectacle despite the Lakers’ struggles. Bryant has played on teams that won five NBA titles and he received a most valuable player award and scored the third-most points in league history.
His final year sent ticket prices higher throughout the season. The average resale price for Lakers’ home games came in at about $317 this year, second highest to the Golden State Warriors, who have the NBA’s best record.
The love for Kobe Bryant goes beyond tickets. The Lakers’ online store is selling a variety of commemorative Bryant gear, including a $38,000 hat with 18-karat gold trim and a nearly $6,000 jacket.
Golden State Warriors Chasing History
Meanwhile, Steph Curry and the reigning champ Golden State Warriors have a chance to actually accomplish something in their final regular season game, which is the same night as the Kobe Bryant NBA finale. A victory over the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena would give the team a record 73 victories to surpass the mark set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.
But with a starting price of about $340, the Warriors’ game is a relative bargain compared to the Kobe Bryant NBA finale. Prices surged 134 percent in the hours after the Warriors matched the Bulls’ 72 wins with a 92-86 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, according to online ticket aggregator TiqIQ. That huge markup has subsided, but prices are still nearly double what they in the hours immediately before the Warriors tagged the Spurs with their first home loss.
The average sale price for the Warriors finale on the secondary market is $698, according to TiqIQ. The most expensive courtside tickets were listed for nearly $16,000 on StubHub on Tuesday.
An Exciting End to the Season
Bryant’s last game will take place on Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz at 10:30 p.m. ET, the exact moment of the tip-off between the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies. The Warriors will be going for their 73rd win of the season, which would break what many believed to be an unbreakable 72-win record set by Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and the rest of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.
Faced with a tough decision, ESPN decided to go with current greatness as opposed to celebrating past greatness. They bumped Bryant’s final game, opting to televise the Warriors game on ESPN instead. Fear not, Kobe’s last game will game will be airing on ESPN 2.