Knicks-Lakers Game Is Second Most-Expensive NBA Ticket at $567
The Knicks’ game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on Nov. 26, postponed from Nov. 1 by Hurricane Sandy, listed for an average of $592.39, according to the website.
Off to their best 21-game start since 1995, the Knicks (16-5) have the highest average home ticket listings in the NBA at $330.48. The Lakers (9-13), who have lost five of their last six games, are second at $274.33.
TiqIQ spokesman Chris Matcovich said the secondary market growth is a recent trend for New York, which hasn’t advanced past the first round of the playoffs in 12 seasons.
“With the addition of stars including Carmelo Anthony, upgrades to the arena, increasing ticket prices, as well as consistent good play over the past 2 1/2 seasons, tickets on the resale market have seen a huge boost in price,” Matcovich said in an e-mail. “A product that you could have seen live five years ago for $10, now will cost you at minimum above $50 to get in the building via the resale market.”
The Knicks have won eight of their last 10 games and are one game ahead of LeBron James and the defending-champion Miami Heat atop the Eastern Conference. The team has sold out 74 straight home dates at the Garden prior to the Lakers game, according to MSG spokeswoman Stacey Escudero, who said the team doesn’t announce each game’s sales until tip-off.
Face value for Knicks tickets range from $10 to $3,600 for courtside seats that are part of season packages, Escudero said. The lowest secondary market price for tomorrow’s game, the start of a six-game New York homestand, is $152, with the most expensive more than $26,000, according to TiqIQ.
“The Lakers, we know they’ve been struggling as of late, but everybody tries to step up when they come to the Garden,” Anthony told reporters after a 100-97 victory at Brooklyn last night. “We have a great opportunity to do something special over the next couple weeks having a homestand and we want to take advantage of it.”
The only NBA team with a payroll topping $100 million, the Lakers acquired Howard and two-time league Most Valuable Player Steve Nash to complement Bryant this season. Nash is sidelined with a broken left leg, and the team fired coach Mike Brown after a 1-4 start, replacing him with former Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni.
Matcovich said the Lakers are still a big draw on the road.
“It’s gut-check time,” Los Angeles forward Antawn Jamison said after the team’s 100-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers last night, the Lakers’ third consecutive defeat. “We have to look in the mirror and fix some things.”
Madison Square Garden, which bills itself as “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” is two-thirds through a $1 billion, privately funded renovation. The building sold out all 20 Event Level Suites that debuted last year, and has only a few of the 58 Madison Level suites still available, according to Escudero, who declined to say how much each cost. The Knicks sold out their season tickets for the third consecutive season, she said.
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