The NBA draft is not until Thursday night and the 2017-18 season doesn't begin for another four months, but Sixers fans already are buying up their tickets. Lots of them.
The Sixers have sold a franchise-record 14,000 season tickets for the upcoming season. They rank first in the league in new full-season ticket packages, and have done so for the past two seasons.
The Sixers expect they will sell out for all of their home games in the upcoming season.
"Fortunately we're able to break the Sixers' all-time record for season-ticket memberships," Sixers chief sales and marketing officer Christopher Heck said. "That is a testament to the strong fandom that we believe not only is this a true sports town, but it's a basketball town."
The lower level and mezzanine season-ticket packages have sold out, but there are other ways to access tickets. There will be a limited number of single-game tickets on sale for both individual and group sales. Fans still can purchase tickets through the Sixers' partner StubHub. There also are a limited quantity of premium season-ticket packages available.
For those interested in season tickets, the Sixers have a wait-list program with information available by contacting Club76@sixers.com or 215-339-7676.
"We want to allow and spread the opportunity to everyone in Philadelphia to come and see a game live," Heck said.
The Sixers have been steadily building their season-ticket sales over the recent years. They had sold 3,400 season-ticket packages at this time during the summer of 2013. Last year, season tickets were just under 10,000.
The Sixers had expected to sell out over this summer. The plan was fast tracked when sales jumped following the news of the No. 1 pick trade with the Celtics. Since Saturday, the team has sold hundreds of season-ticket packages. They also have taken thousands of partial-plan deposits.
"To see what's going on right now is something we've experienced over the last, really, four years that started with the most loyal fans, with season-ticket holders," Heck said.