Watching many of Kobe Bryant’s final NBA games in person won’t be cheap.
Hours after the Los Angeles Lakers’ guard announced his retirement, ticket prices for most of team’s home and road games rose quickly on the secondary market. The Lakers’ final regular-season game as L.A takes on the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on April 13 really spiked.
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The median price for the Lakers’ regular season finale rose by 240 percent, according to online ticket service SeatGeek spokesman Chris Leyden. The cheapest seat as of Monday morning was $571
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The most expensive: $21,000 each for a pair of tickets in the lower bowl. For about half the price ($11,200), you could sit courtside.
According to SeatGeek, the road games that saw the biggest price jumps in median ticket prices were games at Milwaukee (Feb. 22) 89 percent, Philadelphia (Tuesday) 78 percent, Utah (March 28) 76 percent and at Atlanta (Friday.)
“The tickets are in most demand in markets where the Lakers don’t play that often,” Leyden told USA TODAY Sports. “Maybe these are fans who have never seen Kobe play or want to take their kids to watch one of his last games.”
The prices for some other Lakers road games, however, remained stagnant, including a February contest against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers that saw only a 6 percent bump.