The Miami Heat are back-to-back champions and have been a box office hit since LeBron James made his decision over 3 years ago. Last year, fans paid an average price of $180 for Miami Heat tickets, but now following their second championship in a row, prices have jumped to $276 a 54% increase. That price is also the third highest in the NBA behind two teams who just happen to be in the two biggest markets in the country, the New York Knicks ($321) and the Los Angeles Lakers ($284). Here’s a look at the five most expensive games at American Airlines Arena for the 2013-14 season.
1) January 23, 2014 vs. Los Angeles Lakers – Avg. Price: $461 | Get-in Price: $104
Whenever LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are on the floor at the same time it is always a hot ticket. However Kobe Bryant’s presence in this January matchup between the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers is unknown. That fact has not hurt ticket prices, as this game is 67% above their season average. Miami Heat tickets for the Lakers matchup in January are averaging $461. On the secondary market the lowest get in the door price for Miami Heat tickets against the Los Angeles Lakers is $104.
2) February 23, 2014 vs. Chicago Bulls – Avg. Price: $457 | Get-in Price: $87
World champion Miami Heat will receive their championship rings against the Chicago Bulls during the Miami heat home opener. That game will feature the return of all star point guard Derrick Rose missed all of last season due to an injury. The Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls met each other in last years second round of the Eastern conference playoffs with the heat prevailing in five games. With the Chicago Bulls always being a decent draw on the road the combination of that and the championship ring ceremony has the average ticket price for the Miami Heat at $457. Tickets for the Miami heat home opener are seeing a 66% increase over the regular season home game average. Fans that are searching for Miami Heat tickets on the secondary market will find that the lowest get in the door price is $87.
3) February 27, 2014 vs. New York Knicks – Avg Price: $421 | Get-in Price: $80
The Knicks and Heat will square off against each other right around the trading deadline. With both teams planning to contend for a title it will be interesting to see this clash. Prices for this game are currently 53% increase for this game compared to regular season Miami Heat tickets. Miami Heat tickets for the Knicks matchup in February are averaging $421. On the secondary market the cheapest ticket you will find is $80.
4) April 6, 2014 vs. New York Knicks – Avg. Price: $397 | Get-in Price: $88
You know rivalry matchups could have huge playoff implications the New York Knicks visit Miami for their second visit to the South Beach area. The month of April has the potential to contain many important games and this one could be one of them. Even fans searching for Miami Heat tickets on the secondary market for this game will have to pay a minimum of $88 just to get in the door. The average Miami Heat tickets for this game are $397. For the Knicks versus the heat in April there is a 44% increase compared to season home game average for Miami Heat tickets.
5) January 29, 2014 vs Oklahoma City Thunder – Avg. Price: $390 | Get-in Price: $89
Kevin Durant and LeBron James are currently the most popular faces of the NBA. When they square off in this late January matchup fans will pay a 41% premium compared to the seasons home average for Miami heat tickets. This will be Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s lone visit to the South Beach area. The average ticket price for this event is $390. The lowest price for Miami Heat tickets against the thunder on the secondary market is $89.
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