When the NBA All-Star Game tips off February 17 in Charlotte, tickets for the game will likely be the most expensive All-Star game this decade. A week before the game, both the average asking price and get-in prices for a ticket to Charlotte’s Spectrum Center are the highest since secondary ticket marketplace TicketIQ.com began tracking data in 2011.
After price average prices reached a high of $2,865 last week, prices have dropped significantly with the game less than a week away. The current average price of $1,648 is the 5th most expensive we've tracked this decade. The most expensive ASG cost fans $2,668 in 2016 at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. Two other All-Star games had average asking prices of more than $2,000 – The 2013 version at the Houston’s Toyota Center cost fans $2,620, and the 2011 edition at Los Angeles’ Staples Center settled at $2,486.
The cheapest NBA All-Star Game of the decade cost fans $1,146 at Orlando’s Amway Center in 2012.
In terms of get-in price, the current $650 cost for the cheapest tickets has dropped below the most expensive game, which was $785 for the 2015 All-Star Game at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The cheapest seat of the decade cost fans $185 at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center in 2017. While the cheapest ticket has dropped close to 30% in the last week, it's still the second-most expensive 'get-in' prices we've tracked over the last decade.
Team captains LeBron James (West) and Giannis Antetkounmpo (East) drafted their teams February 7, 10 days ahead of the game. The pair made a pair of Golden State Warriors their first picks – Kevin Durant will play on James’ team and Steph Curry will play for Antetkounmpo’s team.
Charlotte’s Kemba Walker was the eighth and final pick of the first round of the draft, and will play for Antetkounmpo’s team. Walker is the only Hornet who was selected to the All-Star Game, but several other regional stars – New Orleans’ Anthony Davis and Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic – are also on the roster.
Not surprisingly, the best represented team will be Golden State with three players, while Philadelphia, Toronto and Oklahoma City each have two.