NBA Ticket Information
The 2014-15 NBA season is upon us! The offseason saw some of the biggest moves in recent memory. LeBron James returned home to Ohio and was joined by Kevin Love. Now the Cleveland Cavaliers have a new Big 3 and are instant title contenders. The addition of a highly anticipated player from the draft or free agency can have numerous effects on an individual team’s ticket price.
From 2006 to 2010, before the formation of the Big Three in Miami, the average non-premium ticket price to see a Heat game went from $56.55 in 2006 to $58.55 in 2010 and in the four years that James has been on the roster in Miami that price has soared to $78.30. While winning 2 championships in 4 appearances also played a huge role in the inflation, attributing the culmination of such stardom on one team is definitely not out of the question. With one of the most talented drafts on the horizon in some time, the addition of players like Marcus Smart, Andrew Wiggins, Noah Vonleh, and Doug McDermott could have similar effects to multiple teams in the NBA.
A team’s brand can also play a major factor in setting ticket prices regardless of performance or players on the court. With the loss of Kobe Bryant on the court for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2013-14 season the franchise saw a 27% drop in their ticket price average, falling to $264.24, but remaining as the third highest in the NBA. Teams that have been able to capitalize on their brand and remain relevant as a premier team in the NBA include the New York Knicks ($320.92 per ticket), Miami Heat ($276.45 per ticket), Brooklyn Nets ($228.51 per ticket), and the Boston Celtics ($131.22 per ticket).
If you are looking to get the best deal on tickets to some of your teams biggest matchups, the earlier the better. Expect the San Antonio Spurs $111.69 average ticket price to jump up in the 2014-15 season with their recent NBA Title especially for marquee matchups like Spurs vs. Thunder, Spurs vs. Mavericks, and Spurs vs. Rockets. The marquee matchups scenario can be seen across the league from games like Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers to the Big Apple Battle with New York vs. Brooklyn.
Ticket prices based on averages as of July 10, 2014