Resale numbers suggest Oracle won’t be flooded with Raptors fans

If you watched the first two games of the NBA Finals, you know that Canadians are hyped to watch their “Raps” play for the Larry O’Brien Trophy. But ticket resale numbers from StubHub suggest that Toronto fans won’t be migrating in large enough numbers to turn Oracle Arena into a franchise of Jurassic Park.

As of Tuesday, the ticket resale website StubHub reports that only 6 percent of sales for Game 3 of the series between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors came from Canada, with the vast majority — 88 percent — coming from United States internet addresses.

If those numbers are consistent across resale sites, the crowd of spectators with Canadian passports will probably top out around one in 20 fans. Presumably, many Warriors season ticket holders will be keeping their seats for these final games at the Oakland arena, shrinking the pool of Canadian spectators. Obviously these numbers could be skewed slightly by ticket allotments given to the Raptors franchise and by American residents cheering for Toronto.

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As of Tuesday, StubHub reports the average sale price for Game 3 sitting at $1,316, with the cheapest seat sold so far going for $398. People from 36 different states had purchased seats to the game, but the bulk — 52 percent — were from California.

The cheapest listed seats Wednesday morning were $570. That’s a far better deal than what is listed for games 4 and 6, which each hover near $750. Of course, those games have the added potential to be the final games at Oracle Arena before the Warriors move to the Chase Center in San Francisco next year. Game 6 could also be the final in the best of seven series.

Bill Disbrow is SFGATE’s Director of Content. Email: | Twitter: @bdisbrow

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