LeBron’s Return Marks Hottest Regular Season Celtics Ticket in 4 Years
Tomorrow night sees LeBron and the Cavaliers making their way to TD Garden to take on the Boston Celtics. Tickets to the event have resold for an average of $211 each on the secondary market, making this the most expensive Celtics home game of the season. After the Cavs, the most expensive teams to see in Boston this season are the Lakers ($143 average ticket price), Nets ($135), Bulls ($122), and Knicks ($107).
In fact, Friday night’s game is the hottest regular season Celtics ticket since the 2010-11 season, when LeBron’s first game in Boston as a member of the Heat (also the Celtics’ home opener that year) drew an average price of $370 per ticket on the secondary market. Even the Celtics’ most recent playoff game in Boston — Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Knicks in the spring of 2013 — wasn’t as expensive as tomorrow’s game; fans paid $160 per ticket to see that game, which turned out to be Paul Pierce’s and Kevin Garnett’s final game as Celtics.
Of course, it’s the presence of LeBron James that has driven up ticket prices on the resale market for games against the Cavs this year. Last season, the Cavs visited Boston twice, and neither game was even half as expensive as tomorrow night’s matchup at the Garden. Tickets for the first game in 2013-14 averaged just $66 on the resale market, and seats for the second game — played on the Saturday after Christmas — resold for $104 apiece.
As of right now there are just over 4,000 tickets for Cavs-Celtics available on the secondary market, ranging from $75 in the last few rows of the upper level to more than $700 for loge floor seats. For the latest on pricing and availability, visit SeatGeek’s event page for the big game.