The curtain will officially drop on Kobe Bryant’s illustrious NBA career tonight. The Black Mamba will play in his final NBA game at Staples Center, capping a 20-year run that has garnered five championships, 18 All-Star selections, two scoring titles, an MVP Award, and countless other accolades. For fans hoping to be on hand in Los Angeles tonight, however, they’ll be greeted with record-breaking ticket prices on the secondary market.
According to TicketIQ, the average resale price for tickets to Kobe Bryant’s final game tonight is now $2,167.44. That makes it the most expensive NBA game – including playoffs – on the secondary market since at least 2010, when TicketIQ began recording resale data.
Of course, fans just looking to get past the gates at Staples Center can find tickets for much cheaper, though it will still put a sizable dent in the wallet. The get-in price to tonight’s game is now $890 for tickets in Section 310. The most expensive prices are for courtside seats in Section 110, where tickets are listed for a cool $5,980 each.
Tonight’s game is now more expensive than Game 6 of the 2015 NBA Finals, which was the only other NBA game to eclipse the $2,000 average over the last seven seasons. In fact, Kobe’s swan song game also owns the most expensive get-in price for a NBA game since 2010. It will be a fitting farewell for one of the most prestigious players the league has ever seen, and fans will be paying big prices to be on hand as he waves a final goodbye to the Los Angeles faithful.