Save those coins, people. Ticket prices for Kobe Bryant’s historic last game and the record-chasing Golden State Warriors have skyrocketed given the extreme value they now hold for basketball fans everywhere.
According to ESPN, “Fans have paid a StubHub average of $971 for a ticket at the Staples Center to see No. 24 take the final shots of his 20-year NBA career against the Utah Jazz, while StubHub data shows the average price paid for the Grizzlies-Warriors game on Wednesday night is now $436.”
Bryant will play in his last home game with the Lakers Wednesday Apr. 13, capping off a 20-year career with his team. The Golden State Warriors are aiming to win against the Memphis Grizzlies on the same night, which could make a new historic record. If they win, they will be the team with the most victories in a single season in the history of the NBA. Their record is 72-9, a record they share with the ’95-’96 Chicago Bulls (for now).
As of press time, the cheapest ticket for Kobe’s last game is $700, and two first row court side seats are selling for $25,750. The cheapest ticket for the Warriors-Grizzlies game is $360 (a standing-room only ticket), while two VIP court side seats will run you $15,900.
You know what they say: the best seat in the house is from your couch and under a blanket, free of charge.