On Wednesday, the NBA's regular season comes to a close, and while there's still plenty to be figured out in the way of playoff seeding, two games that have no implication on that are featuring the highest ticket prices of the entire year. They would be Kobe Bryant's final game of professional basketball and the Golden State Warriors' attempt at breaking the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls regular season record of 72 wins.
According to ESPN, fans have paid an average of $971 on StubHub to see Bryant's grand finale at the Staples Center against the Utah Jazz, and the Warriors' only attempt at win No. 73 against the Grizzlies is fetching $436 per ticket on average. However, a ticket market tracking site named TiqIQ shows that while Bryant's last dance has been expensive ever since he announced his retirement in November, prices for the latter game jumped 134 percent as soon as the Warriors beat the Spurs Sunday night to set up their chance at history. The average list price for a ticket is now $1,594.
"This is the most important date in regular season history, not relating to playoffs, since we opened in 2009," said TiqIQ spokesman Chris Matcovich.
As for the most expensive ticket purchased so far? That goes to a fan who purchased two courtside seats to the Lakers game for $27,500 each. Huge Kobe fan, insanely rich, or both?
Probably both. Hopefully both, for his sake and everyone else that wants to go.