Tonight, the Toronto Raptors will face off against the Golden State Warriros in the first game of the NBA Finals. The Raptors carry the hopes and dreams of not one, but two countries as the franchise heads into the finals for the very first time.
Toronto has already erupted in celebration in anticipation of the showdown. Several outlets have reported that fans began lining up outside Jurassic Park as early as 6 AM. Other antics have included lighting fireworks to rattle sleeping Warriors.
Enthusiasm for the Finals has also extended to the corporate world. Cineplex, for example, is screening the games for free in 33 locations across the country. Taco Bell, meanwhile, is offering free tacos after Raptors victories in Oakland.
The hype surrounding the NBA Finals this year is so great that, naturally, ticket prices have skyrocketed. In fact, tickets to the games in Toronto are now among the most expensive in NBA history.
SeatGeek and NewsTalk, a Toronto-based radio station, report that the average ticket price for Game 1 is a whopping $1,400 (USD) or about $1,880 (CAD) — the highest average price in NBA history. Tickets even at their lowest price are around $800.
Ticketmaster lists Game 1 as sold out, but wealthy fans can still purchase last-minute tickets through SeatGeek for just $691. Tickets to Game 2, also in Toronto, start at $716, though most seem to be well over $1,500.
There's no guarantee that the Finals will extend to 7 games, but if they do, tickets through SeatGeek to that final Toronto match are as expensive as $21,000. There appear to be no tickets for less than $1,900.
WarriorWire also reports that one person has paid $181,740 for 4 seats at the NBA Finals Game 4, which will be played in Oakland, California. Most tickets to Game 4 are over $1,000, the report states.
Stay tuned for more news from the NBA Finals.
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