A year removed from a franchise record 56 wins and a trip to the Western Conference Finals, the Memphis Grizzlies are expected to once again compete as a top team in the West. With new head coach Dave Joerger committed to playing team basketball, the toughest defense in the league will certainly make every game interesting. Fans are obviously feeling the energy as Grizzlies tickets are seeing their highest prices in years. The average price of a home game ticket in Memphis last year was $78, whereas tickets are already seeing a 55% spike in price this season with the home average ticket price currently sitting at $121. With a small window for the current roster to legitimately compete, the time is now for Memphis to make their run at a title.
Take a look at the five highest-priced Grizzlies tickets below:
1.) April 9th – Miami Heat – Average Price, $203 – Get-in Price, $48
This late season matchup brings LeBron James and the back-to-back defending champion Miami Heat to the FedEx Forum for the only time this season. The championship swagger of the Miami Heat already has ticket prices listed at 68% higher than the home average for the Memphis Grizzlies, at an average price of $203. However, the cheapest price to get in the door sits at just $48. With LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade all eligible to opt out of their contracts at the end of the season, this could be the last chance that Memphis gets to see the “big three” in their current form.
2.) January 14th – Oklahoma City Thunder – Average Price, $201 – Get-in Price, $22
Memphis may have gotten the best of a depleted Thunder team in the 2013 playoffs, but the task won’t be as easy the second time around. With Russell Westbrook back in full health, and Kevin Durant playing at his peak, the Thunder will provide one of the toughest challenges to Grizzlies in the West. The average ticket price for this Wednesday night matchup is currently $201 a 66% rise over the season average for a home game ticket in Memphis. Fans can find tickets as low as $22 to see this playoff rematch.
3.) February 26th – Los Angeles Lakers – Average Price, $181 – Get-in Price, $39
The Lakers may be taking a step back this season in terms of winning, but that hasn’t stopped the Lake Show fan base from driving up ticket prices. Always a hot ticket no matter where they visit, the Lakers are expected to have Kobe Bryant back from his torn Achilles in time for this February matchup. Ticket prices for the game are sitting at a price point that is 50% above the home average, at $181 for the average ticket. Fans can witness the behemoth GASOL brother bash (Pau vs Marc) in Memphis for a “get-in price” of $39.
4.) December 5th – Los Angeles Clippers – Average Price, $171 – Get-in Price, $22
Lob City! Something tells me that Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol will have something to say about Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan trying to throw down ferocious alley-oops on their home court. As much as the Grizzlies front court may not like it, fans still want to see Lob City in action. The average home ticket price for the Clippers first visit to Memphis this season is sitting at 41% above the average home ticket price, at $171. Fans can find a “get-in price” of just $22.
5.) January 25th – Houston Rockets – Average Price, $154 – Get-in Price, $19
Memphis faces off with the Houston on a back-to-back at home, one night after facing the Rockets in Houston. Fans eager to watch the explosive offense and expected Western Conference power Houston Rockets are finding that demand is exceeding supply. Dwight Howard, James Harden, Jeremy Lin and the new-look Rockets will be prime contenders to move past Memphis in the playoff seedings. Ticket prices for this Friday night matchup are sitting at a price point that is 27% above the home average, at $154 for the average ticket. Fans can euro-step their way into the building for a “get-in price” of $19.
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