Buyer pays $133K for two courtside tickets to Game 5 of NBA Finals
Monday, June 12, 2017
by Darren Rovell | ESPN.com
Someone will be sitting in the most expensive seats in NBA history on Monday night in Oakland.
A person paid $133,000, including fees, for two floor seats to Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena to possibly see the Golden State Warriors win their second title in three years.
A team source said that a Warriors season-ticket holder sold the seats on the team's Ticketmaster resale site on Sunday night. With buyer fees at 15 percent, the buyer paid more than $17,000 in fees alone for the pair of tickets.
While the face value of the specific tickets is unknown, some courtside seats for the Finals have a face value of $3,000 each, according to a document sent by the Warriors to fans during renewal time last year.
The average resale price on the team site for Game 5 is $1,731, which is almost 20 percent higher than last year's Game 5 between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers ($1,444).
The site had two other big sales for the most prime seats in the arena -- one pair was sold for $90,000, while another was sold for $82,000.
Perhaps one of the reasons the Warriors' site has been able to produce such high sales is because of security. When a fan buys on the Warriors' resale site, it generates a new verified bar code that assures the buyer that there aren't any other people with the bar code that they have.
Fans who are not season-ticket holders had a chance to buy Game 5 tickets on a first-come, first-served basis Saturday. The prices for those tickets ranged from $575 to $975.