The next game Kobe Bryant plays at Staples Center will be his last.
After losing 91-81 to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night in Kobe’s next-to-last home game, the Los Angeles Lakers have four games remaining, but the first three games are on the road (New Orleans, Houston, Oklahoma City).
They return home to to face the Utah Jazz for the final game of the regular season on Wednesday, April 13.
Well, Lakers reporter Beto Duran decided to take a look (on Gametime) at what asking prices are for tickets to Kobe’s final game, and the results are pretty stunning. Keep in mind, this is a week before the game too.
First, seats in the lower bowl (these are several rows behind “courtside” seats):
Kobe’s last game. Seats in the lower bowl.😳 pic.twitter.com/zFzT2vJSCu
— Beto Duran (@DuranSports) April 7, 2016
And the nosebleed prices… ridiculous.
I decided to also check out Stubhub for ticket prices, and the results are pretty similar. The cheapest available nosebleed ticket is for $695:
How about if you wanted to buy two nosebleed tickets? You’re still looking at over $650 a pop:
Resale tickets from season-ticket holders through Ticketmaster are, again, well over $600 for the worst seats in the arena (and all of these listed prices require that you purchase multiple tickets):
And for the best available seats? Do we even want to go to that topic? I guess we have to. Here’s an example of the best available seats on Stubhub, for one ticket:
And here are some of the best available seats on Stubhub if you’re looking to purchase two tickets:
Incredible, especially when you factor in that the Lakers have set a franchise record with 62 losses, and the Jazz are just a .500 team (39-39) themselves. Imagine what these ticket prices could be if the Lakers were even halfway decent and/or their opponent was one of the top teams in the NBA?
However, we are talking about one of the greatest basketball players of all-time playing his final game, and he’s played every single one of them — over 20 seasons — with the Lakers (and won five titles with them). If you’re a diehard Kobe or Lakers fan, the memories may top the ticket price. But, you’d better be doing pretty well financially.