SportsDay.com reports that the secondary ticket market is capitalizing on the popularity of Warriors point guard Stephen ‘Steph’ Curry with the average price for a single ticket to the game amounting to $239 on SeatGeek.com, as of Wednesday morning (March 16), with upper-level tickets starting at $140 and floor seats going as high as $1,229.
In comparison, SeatGeek’s rate is nearly triple the average resale price for a Mavericks home game this season on the site, which is $86.
“Fan demand to see Steph Curry is sort of an unquenchable thirst,” Nate Rattner, a content analyst at SeatGeek who tracks the Warriors’ numbers on the site, told SportsDay.
The demand to see Curry at his athletic best is going unmatched in the NBA, according to SeatGeek, which highlighted the fact that the Mavericks’ game against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers this season commanded an average ticket price of $157, followed by a $146 average ticket price for the Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs game.
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SeatGeek goes on to point out that DeAndre Jordan’s return with the Los Angeles Clippers pales in comparison to the cost of seeing Curry on Friday with an average of $73.The only Mavericks game to generate such a high price was the team first played the Warriors on Dec. 30, at an average of $249. While many folks shelled out the money, they ended up feeling sad when word got out that an injury prevented Curry from playing.
Competing with SeatGeek secondary ticket vendor Metro Tickets, which is selling tickets for Friday’s Mavs vs. Warriors game at nearly double the rate of the December market.
The desire to see Curry is the reason behind the high-priced tickets as amps the price to $152 for the cheapest upper-level seat while approaching $1,000 for a seat close to the floor.
“This game now is in the conversation for biggest regular season game ever,” Metro Tickets owner Robert Lodes shared with SportsDay. “That’s a whole other echelon when you have that conversation.”
As for the cause of the high demand, Rattner sums it up with referencing a sense of wanting to see “a part of NBA history” regarding the Warriors being within range of breaking the all-time record for wins in a season held by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.
“I think it gives an opportunity for NBA fans to be able to say, ‘I saw a part of NBA history. I saw that Steph Curry team that beat the record,'” Rattner told the site.