It’s safe to say that fans in LA are happy to see Kobe return to the floor. With news of his return circulating earlier this week, secondary market prices for Lakers tickets rose 12%. Today, when the announcement was made that his return was officially set for Sunday’s match-up with the Toronto Raptors, those prices went through the roof. Today at noon, tickets for the game were averaging $173 per seat. Currently, that price has soared to a whopping $329, an increase of 90%. There are still some affordable tickets available with the get-in price sitting at $50, a 56% increase over the $32 get-in price earlier in the day.
Here’s a breakdown of ticket price trends for the Lakers next five home games:
- 12/10vs. Suns | Avg: $183 | Get-in: $32 | Weekly Trend: +14%
- 12/20 vs. Timberwolves | Avg: $245 | Get-in: $42 | Weekly Trend: +15%
- 12/25 vs. Heat | Avg: $594 | Get-in: $162 | Trend: -4%
- 12/29 vs. 76ers | Avg: $262 | Get-in: $58 | Trend: +7%
- 12/31 vs. Bucks | Avg: $209 | Get-in: $26 | Trend: +2%
As you can see, prices are on the rise for all games except for the Christmas day game against Miami, but prices for that game are already sky-high.
Not only are fans eager to see Kobe take the floor for the first time since limping off the floor last April, but the timing is perfect for the team itself. With their solid 9-9 start, the Lakers find themselves just a game out of a playoff spot in the West. They’re playing high-octane offense and winning more games than anyone expected. Now with Kobe back in the mix they’re in great shape to make a playoff run that many “experts” did not think could happen.
Between the surprising start and the return of Kobe, there’s a lot to feel good about if you’re a Lakers fan.