Houston Rockets 2015 Western Conference Finals Ticket Trends

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The NBA Western Conference Finals are making their way to Houston for the first time in almost two decades. The last time that Houston hosted a Western Conference Finals game, was in 1997, when the Rockets roster included names like Clyde Drexler, Charles Barkley, and Hakeem Olajuwon. The 2015 Houston Rockets team looks significantly different from those 1997 Rockets, and come back to Houston in a pretty large hole, after dropping the series’ first two games to the Golden State Warriors. Despite being down 2 games to 0, demand for Houston Rockets Western Conference Playoff Tickets has increased drastically over the first two rounds of the Western Conference playoffs, with the median ticket prices for the Rockets first two home games, more than doubling the first two home games from the previous two series.

Here is a look at the median ticket prices for Houston Rockets home playoff games this postseason.

Ticket Predictions

It may go without saying, but ticket prices are expected to continue to rise if the Rockets are able to pull out a win in Game 3 and go even higher if they can also win Game 4. In their Western Conference Semi-Final series against the Los Angeles Clippers, median ticket prices shot up from $190 in the Rockets 2nd home game to more than than $460 for their 3rd game at the Toyota Center. If the Rockets are able to erase this 0-2 series deficit and come back to Houston for a game 6, ticket prices will likely be the highest for the Rockets in over a decade.

Series Predictions

While the Rockets find themselves in a difficult spot down by 2 games, the series has been nothing but thrilling so far. Game 2 ended in heartbreak for Houston as the Rockets erased a 7 point 4th quarter deficit, only to fall just 1 point short. The fact that the Rockets have played well doesn’t make the road ahead any easier for Houston. The Warriors have been the dominant team in the Western Conference from the start of the 2014-15 NBA Season, and the Rockets have shown no indication of finding an answer to Steph Curry. But Rockets fans may remember being in a similar situation in both the 1994 and 1995 Western Conference Semi-Finals, and both times the team was able to come back and win the series. If any team in the playoffs is equipped to come back from a 2 game deficit, it is the Rockets, for no other reason than they have already done it. The Rockets looked to be on the ropes against the Clippers, down 1-3. But Houston roared back, winning 3 in a row to head to the Western Conference Finals. Given the way that the Warriors have played in the Bay Area, the Rockets will have to treat each of these next two home games as must wins, a sense of urgency that will likely push demand and prices for Rockets Playoff tickets higher and higher.

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3 Reason to Root for American Pharaoh to win the Triple Crown.

Zayat Stables' American Pharoah and jockey Victor Espinoza win the Grade I $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA. ©Benoit Photo
Zayat Stables’ American Pharoah and jockey Victor Espinoza win the Grade I $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA.
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1. History

Horse Racing’s triple crown might be the most elusive achievement in any sport. The first horse to ever win the triple crown was Sir Barton in 1919. In the almost 100 year since then, only 10 other horses of succeeded in taking home horse racing’s most elusive title. The last horse to win the Triple Crown was Affirmed in 1978. If American Pharoah wins the Belmont Stakes, it would be 37 years in between Triple Crown winners, the longest drought in the history of the sport.

2. Near Misses

Horse racing has been desperate for another Triple Crown winner for almost 40 years. The 2000’s have been especially heart breaking, with 6 horses winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in the same season, before falling in the Belmont Stakes. Last year California Chrome finished 4th in the Belmont Stakes, after winning the first two. 2004 might be the most heartbreaking of the last twenty years, with Birdstone using the last stretch at the Belmont to overcome a 4 length deficit to edge Smarty Jones Triple Crown attempt by a length. Throw in other near misses from I’ll have Another, Big Brown, Funny Cide, and War Emblem, and the 2000’s have been a bit rough on the Triple Crown hopeful.

3. Because he can win it

One of the reasons that the Triple Crown so difficult, is the differences in lengths between the three races. The Kentucky Derby is 2 km, the Preakness Stakes is 1.9 km, and the Belmont Stakes is 2.4 km, a half a km longer than the Preakness. Following American Pharaoh’s slim victory at the Kentucky Derby, the expectations at the Preakness were lulled. But the 3 year old Colt destroyed the field in the rain, winning by something like 7 lengths. He led front the start, but came alive in the home stretch, pulling away from everyone. With that kind of performance, it has fans across the world believing that he has the ability to keep that going over the extra half a kilometer, and pull in the triple crown we have all been waiting for.

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Seven Things you Should Know about The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

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With its unique blend of rich traditions and technological innovations, the Indianapolis 500 truly lives up to the moniker “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Here are seven things you know about the Indianapolis 500 and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

1. The race can reach about 140 decibels, roughly the same level as the deck of an aircraft carrier.

Even with ear plugs, which are a must, the noise is unlike anything most people will ever experience. It actually gets loudest under the grandstands, where the noise reverberates. Many spectators cite the noise as one of the main attractions of the Indianapolis 500.

2. How it became the Brickyard

After the original surface broke down, the race track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was replaced with 3.2 million paving bricks. A 36-inch strip of the original bricks remain on the front straightaway.

3. The Milk Tradition

Like many of the best traditions, drinking milk after the race was not planned. Louis Meyer drank milk after many of his races, and it just so happened it was captured on camera when he did so in Victory Lane in 1936. Nearly every Indianapolis 500 winner since has followed in his footsteps.

4. Tribute to Jeff Gordon

To pay tribute to Jeff Gordon, who is in his last NASCAR season, Townsend Bell chose the No. 24 car for the Indy 500. Bell had the car painted with the same colors and same font as Gordon’s No. 24 car. Gordon, who has won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway five times, will drive the pace car for the Indy 500. The only thing that would make the tribute even better would be if Bell can pull off an improbable victory.

5. You can bring your own cooler.

The Indianapolis 500 is one of the last major sporting events where you do not have to leave your seat or pay through the nose every time you want a cold beverage. Of all of the Indianapolis 500 traditions, this one may be the best.

6. Helio Castroneves has a chance to tie the record for most Indianapolis 500 victories with four.

Every Indy 500 is a special experience, but the chance to witness history in the making is always special. No active driver can match Helio’s three Indy 500 victories, and a fourth would put him in truly rare company along with A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears. Castroneves was the last rookie to win the Indianapolis 500, back in 2001.

7. Florida Georgia Line Will Play on Legends Day

Even if country music is not your cup of tea, there is no doubt Florida Georgia Line is one of the best fun-and-sun bands going. It is nearly impossible to watch them perform without having a smile on your face.

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