The Golden State Warriors host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night in Game 7 of their best of seven NBA Western Conference Finals. The winner of Game 7 moves on to the NBA Finals to play the Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA championship.
The Golden State Warriors have won two straight games in the series to tie it a 3-3 after trailing 3-1 and facing three straight elimination games. With a win, Golden State will return to the NBA Finals for the second straight season.
It is therefore no surprise that tickets for Game 7 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California are hard to come by and outrageously expensive to buy.
In fact, TiqIQ, a search engine for tickets, shows that Monday’s Game 7 between the two Western Conference rivals has the second highest NBA Game 7 prices tag over the last five years at a whopping $960.
The one time a Game 7 topped the matchup on Monday night at the Oracle Arena was during the NBA Finals of 2013 when Game 7 between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat had tickets that reach $1346.00.
On Sunday night, the few tickets that remained for the game were put on sale by Golden State at prices that ranged from a low of $230 to a high of $2150. The few tickets sold out in less than five minutes.
Those prices however do not include the arena’s floor seats, which were already sold out. However, someone did go to the resale site for the Warriors, which Ticketmaster runs and bought two of the floor seats for an incredible $29,000 apiece.
A StubHub spokesperson said the company appealed a decision by a federal judge to dismiss its suit against Ticketmaster and the Warriors. The spokesperson added that the least expensive seat available at the arena was $359.
StubHub accused Ticketmaster and Golden State of conspiring to control the primary as well as secondary ticket markets.
Officials with the Warriors said that having a company like Ticketmaster controlling both its primary as well as resale markets ends up helping ensure that tickets are authentic.
A spokesperson for the Warriors said the club needed to turn away over 80 fans from its Game 5 on Thursday at its Oracle Arena due to the tickets they were carrying being fraudulent.
Odds makers have made the Warriors a 7-point favorite for the Monday night game.