NBA All-Star Weekend Ticket Prices At A Glance
Both the NBA All-Star Saturday Night event at Barclays Center and the NBA All-Star Game at MSG will be the most expensive basketball events at each arena in the five-plus years our friends at SeatGeek* have been keeping data on the secondary market.
The average resale price for the game on Sunday is currently $1,112 per ticket, which would make it the priciest event we’ve seen at MSG if not for Games 3 ($1,558) and 4 ($1,347) of the Stanley Cup Finals last year. The top single-admission basketball event at MSG behind this year’s All-Star Game would be the first session of last year’s NCAA Tournament East Regional ($504 per ticket), which featured UConn vs. Iowa State and Michigan State vs. Virginia. I specified “single-admission” there because a full strip for the 2011 Big East Tournament (a ticket to every session) went for $1,192 on average.
Over at Barclays, the average resale price for the NBA All-Star Saturday Night event is $501, which tops Game 3 of last year’s Nets-Heat Eastern Conference Semifinals ($306) among basketball events there. The $501 average price for Saturday is also 25% more than the $401 average paid to see Beyonce’s Aug. 3, 2013 show at Barclays. The only more expensive ticket in the brief history of the arena was the December 8, 2012 Rolling Stones show, which finished at an average of $741 per ticket.
Among the last five NBA All-Star Games, though, this year’s game won’t be the most expensive ticket — it actually ranks third behind 2013 in Houston and 2011 in L.A. We’ve seen prices for these NBA All-Star events in recent years be driven by the overall health of demand for NBA basketball in the host city; Houston had just acquired James Harden and Jeremy Lin for that 2012-13 season, and the 2010-11 Lakers were defending champs. But with the Knicks and Nets both struggling mightily, demand for tickets to All-Star weekend this year isn’t as high as it might have been if both teams were at least contending in the Eastern Conference.
Below are the average resale prices for the All-Star Game and Saturday Night events from 2011-2015, as of the Monday before All-Star weekend:
2011 (L.A.): $1,135
2012 (Orlando): $883
2013 (Houston): $1,527
2014 (New Orleans): $781
2015 (New York): $1,112
Right now, the get-in prices for Saturday Night and the All-Star Game are hovering around $450 and $800, respectively. And as far as face value goes: All-Star ticket packages, which included seats to both Saturday Night and the All-Star Game, ranged from $1,199 to $8,499.
*Based on secondary ticket data from SeatGeek.com