The Return of Kobe Bryant and Rookie D’Angelo Russell Have Skyrocketed Lakers Tickets
In recent years, the downfall of the Lakers has helped the Los Angeles Clippers become the team of LA. However, according to Laker ticket prices, the Lakers still hold more value in the City of Angels. The team has announced the prices of the tickets for the 2015-2016 season, and the prices have risen to 6.2% compared to the average price of last season.
But the higher price should be expected; given that next season could potentially be Kobe Bryant’s last season. Hampered by injuries the last two seasons, Lakers great Kobe Bryant says he is finally healthy and ready to withstand the wear and tear of a full season. The star shooting guard will have minute restriction during the season, but even 25-30 minutes of action from Kobe is more than enough to entice Lakers fans and Hollywood A-listers to attend the games.
The numbers speak for themselves; the tickets for the 41 home games for the Lakers at the Staples Center are more expensive than last year. The average secondary market price is set at $246.95 at the moment, and the price might go even higher as the year progresses. Teams are not immune to increasing prices during the season, and that especially might apply if the Lakers win more games than they lose and suddenly compete for a playoff spot. Last year, the average price of the secondary market tickets was set at $232.55.
Many people believe that no matter that the Lakers play in a highly competitive Pacific division that is slowly becoming a rival to the Northwest for the toughest western division, other factors contribute to the increase in price. The first and most important factor are the return of Kobe Bryant, who should be back in uniform after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in January last season. Back then, Kobe Bryant said that his plan is to be ready for September and training camp. Aside from the return of Kobe Bryant, the Lakers will also welcome rookie D’Angelo Russell, for whom the city has high expectations. Add in the return of another lottery pick in Julius Randle, as well as additions like Roy Hibbert, Brandon Bass, and Lou Williams, and the city has high expectations for next season.
As expected, the most expensive game the Lakers will play at the Staples Center is against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The rivalry between Kobe Bryant and Lebron James is one of the most anticipated in the past ten years, and fans were always expecting that the two will meet in the Finals. Sadly, that hasn’t happened, but their duels are always primetime. The two teams will play at the Staples Center on March 10, and the tickets are currently priced at $397.23 for a secondary market average. The price is 60% higher than the season average for Lakers tickets. The cheapest Laker tickets for the March 10 game is priced at $86.
The second most expensive game is the Christmas matchup with the Clippers, the intra-city rival. The price for the Lakers Games in December Christmas matchup that has the Lakers as the official host of the Clippers is $383.68. On April 6, the two teams will again meet, and the Lakers will again be the host. That is the third most expensive home game for the Lakers with a price tag of $336.05 for the secondary market average.
Few games will have a price below $200 for the next season, and the cheapest game the Lakers will play against the Denver Nuggets. The two teams will meet on November 3, with the average price of tickets standing at $173.05. The cheapest ticket for the game costs just $23. Some other below $200 games include the duel against the Indiana Pacers (November 29, $192 average price), against the Portland Trail Blazers (November 22, $194 average price) and against the Charlotte Hornets (January 31, $198 average price).
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