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Would you rather be there for an if-necessary Game 5 of the Western Conference finals between the Warriors and Trail Blazers this week, or see the Dubs in a preseason game against the Lakers in early October?
Believe it or not, resale prices for tickets to the latter are currently well outpacing those for a potential Game 5 at Oracle Arena.
In March, the Warriors announced the date for the first basketball game to be played at the new Chase Center in San Francisco. The Lakers-Warriors’ October 5th game was put on the calendar well ahead of the rest of NBA preseason dates, allowing the team to start promoting “the first professional basketball game in the city of San Francisco since January 29, 1971.”
As of Monday, it appears the (limited) market for tickets to that first basketball game at Chase requires paying a serious premium. The most affordable pair of seats were listed at $327 each on the resale site StubHub. Rival site SeatGeek listed its cheapest pair for $315 apiece.
By comparison, seats to a potential Western Conference Finals Game 5 were on sale for as little as $158.
This math may change if Game 5 becomes necessary and the team makes more seats to the preseason opener available. The Warriors said in March that they would be making Lakers-Warriors seats available thorough “a variety of presales, including one exclusively for Chase cardholders.” They are not currently available on the venue website.
As of Monday, only 11 different sets of tickets had been posted on StubHub for the preseason game.
The excitement over the opening of the 18,000-seat arena does not seem limited to basketball. Tickets for the first event of any type at the venue — Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony on September 6 — are currently going for more than $400 each on secondary markets.
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