Last season, the NBA got its dream match-up when the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers rekindled their rivalry in the NBA Finals, a match-up that benefited the secondary ticket market as well. This season’s ideal scenario was supposed to be Lakers vs. Cavaliers, but the Orlando Magic spoiled those plans and tickets prices on the secondary market may have taken a hit as a result.
According to data as of June 4 provided by StubHub, the average ticket price for the four games in Los Angeles are down 20 percent from last season going from $884 to $678. For the potential three games in Orlando, tickets are selling for an average of $442. Last year in Boston, tickets went for slightly more than $700.
In addition, fans in Los Angeles have purchased more than 20 percent more tickets to Finals games than those in Orlando.
On Ticket Liquidator, tickets for Game 2 of the Finals in Los Angeles can be found for as low as $291, while for Game 3 in Orlando, the low ticket price was nearly $100 less at $199. On the opposite end of the spectrum, courtside seats next to the Lakers bench in Game 2, a set of four tickets that need to be purchased together are priced at nearly $33,000 apiece. Courtside seats in Orlando were significantly less at only $20,735 apiece. TicketLiquidator is owned by TicketNetwork, which is also the parent company of TicketNews.
Tickets listed on TicketsNow for Game 2 range from $295 for Section 311, Row 6 all the way up to $37,450 for courtside seats. Similarly, tickets in Orlando are going to significantly less ranging from $193 in the upper deck, to $23,540 for courtside seats.
Ticket prices for the 2009 playoffs have been down for the entire postseason with the economy and poor series match-ups as the main reasons for the lack of demand on the secondary market.
The NBA Finals continue on Sunday, June 7 in Los Angeles before shifting to Orlando for games 3, 4 and 5 (if necessary).