If you want to see history — Kobe’s finale or Warriors history — it’s going to cost you. A lot.
This is America, where money can buy you anything you want.
However, if what you want is a seat in the building for NBA history — either Kobe Bryant’s final game at Staples Center or the chance to watch the Golden State Warriors win their 73rd game — it’s going to cost you.
The least expensive ticket for Kobe Bryant’s final game Wednesday was high up in the corner of Staples Center, and it is selling for $740 per ticket. Good middle of the court seats in the upper bowl — which at Staples often feels like an afterthought — start at $991 a seat.
The lower bowl for Kobe’s farewell starts at $1,050 and goes up quickly, with most of the seats north of $2,000 each. And if you have way, way too much disposable income there are courtside seats available for a mere $17,000 a seat.
If you, like ESPN, prefer to see the Warriors at Oracle Arena go for historic win number 73 (and likely get it, that is one banged up Memphis team they face) it’s a less expensive than seeing Kobe’s farewell, but it’s not cheap.
The least expensive seats in Oracle — upper bowl, behind the baskets — start at $340 a seat. If you want good, center seats in that upper part of the arena you can get them for $425 or so a chair.
Seats in the lower bowl at Oracle (or, within Stephen Curry’s shooting range) start at $560 and go up to $1,200 to $2,000 a pop for the good seats. Courtside seats are a mere $3,900 each.
If you’re someone who has enough disposable income and are going to attend one of these games, congratulations. And the next round is on you because you can certainly afford it.