Ticket prices increasing for Lakers-Heat Christmas Day game
Instead of feasting on turkey, drinking egg nog and watching holiday classics such as "A Christmas Story" or "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" for the millionth time, it appears more and more Lakers fans will spend their Christmas Day at Staples Center.
Tickets for the Lakers-Heat Christmas Day game are averaging $549 each, a 281% increase from the Lakers other regular-season games, according to SeatGeek.com, a website that forecasts the prices of sports and concert tickets on the secondary market.
"The biggest reason is the Heat," said SeatGeek.com spokesman Ben Kessler, who said the presence of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh has spurred a 20% to 70% increase in ticket prices for Miami road games. "When the Heat comes to town, they're substantially higher."
The Lakers' average ticket price outside the Christmas Day matchup is listed at $144, a league best (the New York Knicks at second at $134). Meanwhile, Miami's game with the Lakers was fetching $507 when the Heat started with an 8-6 mark, but the price went up $42 after the Heat went on a 12-game winning streak. Although the Lakers' average road ticket price ($110) bodes less than the Heat's road draw ($178), Kessler said that in no way diminishes the Lakers' league popularity. It instead speaks more to fans' want to see how the newly constructed Heat look.
"Historically, the Lakers are the top team in the secondary market," Kessler said. "... This year it's the same. The Lakers have cemented themselves in the league."
-- Mark Medina
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