NBA Ticket Information
The 2015-16 NBA season is upon us! The offseason saw the rich get richer, with many of the leagues top teams from last season signing new stars for 2015-16. The San Antonio Spurs brought in LaMarcus Aldridge from Portland who will team with Tim Duncan in what might now be the NBA's best front court. The addition of a highly anticipated player from the draft or free agency can have numerous effects on an individual team’s ticket price.
A superstar player, a good playoff run, or a championship can drive ticket prices the following season. The Golden State Warriors have traditionally held a median ticket price of around $45, but with the MVP season that Steph Curry had in 2014-15, the median price to see a Warriors game rose to $84. That ticket price has increased drastically following Golden State's victory in the NBA Finals, with the median ticket price for Warriors games exceeding $200 after the 2015-16 NBA schedules were released. The Atlanta Hawks have also seen their ticket price rise as a result of a fantastic season, with early median ticket prices for Atlanta Hawks games coming in at $113.
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 2014-15 season the franchise saw a drop in attendance and ticket price, but still maintained an above average ticket price over the course of the season. Teams that have been able to capitalize on their brand and remain relevant as a premier team in the NBA include the Chicago Bulls ($202 median ticket price), and New York Knicks ($125 median ticket price).
If you are looking to get the best deal on tickets to some of your teams biggest matchups, the earlier the better. Expect the Golden State Warriors $224 median ticket price to continue to rise as the season goes on, and for large matchups to drive prices such as 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 August 13, 2015