The NBA’s Most Expensive Tickets and Fan Cost Indices (2013-14)

The Most Expensive House In The NBA, Madison Square Garden

The Most Expensive House In The NBA, Madison Square Garden

Forbes Magazine just came out with a look at the NBA‘s most expensive tickets on the secondary market heading into the final 25 games or so. The Oklahoma City Thunder, actually, top the list with a $185 “median [ticket] price for remaining games.”

The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers are not far behind, of course ($159 / 2nd and $125 / 4th, respectively), with the Miami Heat (3rd) and – what’s this? – the Phoenix Suns rounding out the top five most expensive tickets at the moment. Check out current average secondary prices for all 30 teams here.

But what about the primary, “official” market – the ticket cover price?

Here it is, as usual, the Knicks and Lakers on top, one-two. They’re the only teams in the NBA with an average ticket price over 100 bucks.

One can probably check out at least half the home games in Charlotte and New Orleans. The Bobcats and Pelicans boast average ticket prices on the other end of the spectrum – less than 30 dollars apiece.

The Knicks and Lakers are also tops in fan cost index – the cost of four average-price tickets (two adult and two child), “four small soft drinks, two small beers, four hot dogs, two programs, parking and two adult-size caps.” These are whopping numbers: more than half a grand for both teams.

It will cost a family of four purchasing tickets and such amenities above at least $300 in more than half the NBA’s arenas.

The ranks between tickets prices and FCI don’t exactly match up, reflecting a higher amenity (non-ticket) proportional cost for some teams once you get past the top seven.

Thanks to the Chicago Sun Times for the source data.

2013-14 AVERAGE TICKET PRICE BY TEAM

  TEAM AVERAGE TICKET PRICE (US$)
1. New York Knicks 129.38
2. Los Angeles Lakers 102.25
3. Miami Heat 78.30
4. Chicago Bulls 77.65
5. Boston Celtics 72.64
6. Los Angeles Clippers 65.55
7. Brooklyn Nets 60.50
8. San Antonio Spurs 57.25
9. Phoenix Suns 57.23
10. Houston Rockets 57.15
11. Denver Nuggets 53.15
  NBA AVG. 52.50
12. Dallas Mavericks 51.80
13. Oklahoma City Thunder 51.35
14. Portland Trail Blazers 51.30
15. Toronto Raptors 48.70
16. Milwaukee Bucks 47.70
17. Utah Jazz 44.50
18. Golden State Warriors 44.27
19. Sacramento Kings 43.32
20. Cleveland Cavaliers 43.31
21. Detroit Pistons 40.10
22. Orlando Magic 39.40
23. Philadelphia 76ers 39.25
24. Minnesota Timberwolves 35.50
25. Atlanta Hawks 35.26
26. Indiana Pacers 31.62
27. Washington Wizards 30.31
28. Memphis Grizzlies 30.04
29. Charlotte Bobcats 29.27
30. New Orleans Pelicans 26.87

2013-14 AVERAGE FAN COST INDEX BY TEAM

  TEAM FAN COST INDEX (US$)
1. New York Knicks 659.92
2. Los Angeles Lakers 542.00
3. Miami Heat 472.20
4. Chicago Bulls 456.60
5. Boston Celtics 434.96
6. Los Angeles Clippers 395.20
7. Brooklyn Nets 382.00
8. Phoenix Suns 344.92
9. San Antonio Spurs 339.00
10. Houston Rockets 336.06
  NBA AVG. 326.60
11. Golden State Warriors 324.08
12. Toronto Raptors 321.63
13. Dallas Mavericks 321.18
14. Denver Nuggets 319.10
15. Milwaukee Bucks 309.30
16. Portland Trail Blazers 308.18
17. Oklahoma City Thunder 295.40
18. Utah Jazz 280.98
19. Minnesota Timberwolves 273.98
20. Cleveland Cavaliers 271.74
21. Sacramento Kings 268.28
22. Philadelphia 76ers 266.40
23. Orlando Magic 263.10
24. Detroit Pistons 262.40
25. Washington Wizards 249.22
26. Atlanta Hawks 240.04
27. Indiana Pacers 227.36
28. Memphis Grizzlies 212.16
29. New Orleans Pelicans 208.48
30. Charlotte Bobcats 203.06

Photo: Joe DeLessio via nymag.com

Posted on February 26, 2014, in NBA Basketball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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