This article says they are $ 400,000 but that can’t be right… can it? That’s close to a half million dollars.
Later in the article, it says he’s paying $2750 per ticket + $200 for valet parking.
This is why fans of certain teams, say the New York Yankees, often find it cheaper to go and watch their team play at an away location. Most definitely New York fans come here to Kansas City to watch their Yankees play because its cheaper. Boston fans are similar.
Front row tickets to the Utah Jazz (my company has a pair as part of our sponsorship) are $680 a ticket, and Salt Lake City is possibly the smallest market in the NBA. I can readily believe Lakers front row tickets are four times that.
According to the article, that amount applies to a guy who has four season tickets.
In this poker video from several years ago, Jerry Buss says (at around 1:30) that courtside seats for Lakers games cost $2000.
Still, that’s $100k per year per seat. That means a chair makes more money than I do. For a five-month work year, at that. A chair. :smack:
Pardon me while I go drink bleach.
Which are you surprised at: that they cost that much, or that there’s somebody, somewhere, willing to pay that much? Because the former follows directly from the latter. And there do exist millionaire sports fans; how else do you expect them to spend their money?
Is it really cheaper for tickets for a three game series at KC plus flight and hotel than three Yankees tickets?
It’s likely that the Laker organization “subsidizes” the cost of the courtside tickets for certain celebrities. After all, they have a symbiotic relationship; both side achieve publicity from those stars being on the sidelines.
That’s astonishing. Okay, it’s courtside tickets but that’s what you’d pay for Superbowl tickets and that’s a once-a-year event.
Aww, isn’t that sweet…
I don’t know how the Lakers do it, but courtside seats at other NBA arenas come with a pretty dazzling array of perks. I wouldn’t presume to make any kind of judgment about whether they’re “worth it” or not at those prices, but the free stuff that comes with courtside seats is spectacular. You park as close as possible to the doors, you walk right in, no lines, and walk down to your seats (which are after all on the court, which is pretty cool). If you want a beer or either commoner-food or some kind of fancy grub, you ask one of the waitresses who come cruising down the aisle behind you every couple of minutes, and she brings it gratis. If you get bored of being six inches away from the action, you head into the Random-car-or-cable-company Lounge and sit in the free bar/restaurant and hobnob with other bored rich people and get hammered, also for nothing. You’re with your people now; nothing so gauche as money would be openly bandied about.
And at Sixers games, in the waning moments of the game (/loss), they come around with an actual basket of actual chocolate chip cookies. Would you like a cookie, sir? Yes. Yes, you would.
Of course, this is a few hundred bucks, probably, of actual added value. But it’s not crazy to suggest that in stadium value - the idiom in which a plastic cup of Miller Lite is nine bucks - it isn’t really that bad a deal. You’re sitting on the side of the court; this is a very limited resource, what with there being only 30 teams and only 41 regular season games a year at each of their arenas, and only so many truly courtside seats. If a regular old seat is a hundred bucks plus the right to wait in line to park, wait in line to pay fifty bucks for a stadium dinner, and then wait in line to pee on the floor before waiting in line to leave, and you’ve got a couple thousand to throw around…
I figured out once that a friend of mine who was a Redskins fan could fly round-trip to St. Louis, take a cab to the stadium, buy a ticket to watch the Redskins play the Rams, enjoy the usual stadium beer and hot dogs, plus a couple of restaurant meals, and take a cab back to the airport – all for less than it would cost her to buy a ticket and and park at the Redskins stadium.
During the 2004 WS, a friend with tickets to games 6 and 7 wasn’t sure he was going to see any games. Seats at Fenway for games 1 and 2 were so ridiculously expensive (running $1500 for bleacher seats for Game 1) that he ended up flying to St Louis, getting a hotel, and tickets for games 3, 4 and 5, for less than tickets to games 1 and 2 would have cost.
I assume the tickets go to the lowest performers, as incentive to do better?
We joke about that all the time. We should hold a contest for our patients/Facebook followers, where 1st prize is a courtside seat to the Jazz…and 2nd prize is two seats.
The tickets do come with passes to the VIP lounge with its carving stations and open bar, though. I can sit through some pretty bad basketball in exchange for prime rib and whiskey on the rocks.
My wife’s company used to buy season tickets to ALL the local professional sports, including sky boxes at some of the stadiums, and quite a few music and theater venues. All of this was deductable as business expenses, so nobody was really paying the listed prices. When the company was sold, the biggest fights were over who got control over the various season tickets .
My company had season tickets to all the local teams, and also the symphony. The sales managers got to take top clients to the NFL and MLB games. The Marketing guys would take less favored clients to the MLS and NHL games.
And I, the young Finance Manager got to take whichever client wanted to go to the Symphony. I had to scare up a date for each one. As I wasn’t seeing anyone at the time, and not being all that flash socially, this quickly became a problem. So some female co-worker a who was interested in classical music was shanghaied into accompanying the clients with me.
The gig included dinner at a very nice restaurant near the Opera House. I didn’t know or care about classical music when this started. Now my wife (guess who) and I have season tickets to the Symphony and Opera.
A few years later, we found out this was a set up all along by her boss and mine.