A seat at Philadelphia’s Wells-Fargo Center for the NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals is approaching $500 on the secondary market, according to TicketIQ.com. And the current average asking price of $493 is the highest in the East. Why? Philadelphia fans are not only hungry after a five-year playoff drought, but impressed by their team’s decisive defeat of the Miami Heat in the opening round.
The average asking price on the secondary market for a ticket to the 76ers-Boston Celtics series, which started Monday in Boston with a Celtics victory, is $379, the third highest across the NBA. At an average asking price of $569, the New Orleans-Golden State series is the most expensive while the Cleveland-Toronto series ($363) is the least expensive.
In terms of demand, a ticket to the Wells-Fargo Center is the third most expensive in the NBA, and tops in the East. According to TicketIQ, only Golden State ($668) and Houston ($565) are commanding more at home. The get-in price of $113 in Philadelphia is the second-highest in the league, behind only Toronto ($130), and $3 more than the cheapest seat at the Warriors’ Oracle Arena.
The Cavaliers, winners of the NBA Finals in 2016, have the lowest average asking price on the secondary market at $229.
The last time the 76ers got into the playoffs was 2011-12 when they lost to – who else? – the Celtics, in seven games. For that series, fans paid an average of $264 to see a game in Philadelphia. That season, during which the 76ers finished eighth in the East, tipped off five sub-.500 seasons in Philadelphia.
For the current series, Philadelphia will host at least two games, but the highest average asking price is for an if-needed Game 6. That price is currently $627 with a get-in price of $175. According to TicketIQ, fewer than 500 tickets remain on the secondary market for that game. The only higher average asking price for the series is for an if-needed Game 7 in Boston ($649). Those two games are among only five across the NBA with average asking prices above $600.
Secondary Market Get-In Prices For 76ers Playoff Tickets Are Tops In The NBA
The Philadelphia 76ers may have finished the regular season third in the Eastern Conference, but fans are rallying a team that qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12 in a big way.
On the secondary market the average get-in price for tickets to a Sixers playoff game at home isn’t just the highest in the NBA, but at $105 it is five times the current average get-in price to the see the Cleveland Cavaliers in a home playoff game. The Cavs, who won the 2016 NBA championship, lost to Golden State in the Finals last year.
Philadelphia hosts the Miami Heat beginning Saturday while the Cavaliers host the Indiana Pacers, also beginning Saturday.
Secondary market tickets to the 76ers are at $15 more than the average get-in price for Warriors home games ($90). The next highest get-in price for a home-game ticket is for the Toronto Raptors ($88).
Sixers fans are clearly anxious to see their team in the post season. Besides having the highest get-in price, the current average asking price for a Philadelphia 76ers ticket is $380, making it the fourth priciest in the league. The Warriors are currently commanding the highest asking price, at $538 while the next most expensive is for the Oklahoma City Thunder ($470). The remaining playoff teams all have average asking prices below $392. The average asking price for the entire Philadelphia-Miami series is $334 and the single priciest game is Game 7 with an average list price of $587.
Interestingly, the Cavs, among the most popular teams in the NBA, have an average asking price of only $168, 14th among the 16 qualifiers.
Though the Sixers-Heat is a No. 3 vs. No. 6 matchup, Miami shouldn’t be underestimated. The Heat has more depth than the Sixers and it will be an interesting study to see if fast and defensive (Sixers) can beat out methodical (Heat). Philadelphia is riding a 16-game win streak into the playoffs.