Cavaliers vs. Warriors Game 7 Courtside Tickets Sell for Record $49,500 Each

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2016

Jun 3, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; A view of the NBA Finals logo on the scoreboard during practice prior to the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers forced a Game 7 with a 115-101 win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night, and fans have not shied away from paying exorbitant prices to catch a glimpse of the historic NBA Finals action Sunday night at Oracle Arena.

According to ESPN.com's Darren Rovell, online ticket marketplace StubHub sold a pair of courtside seats for Game 7 at $49,500 apiece—the highest price ever paid for a non-suite ticket in the site's history. 

"Nothing really surprises me with the Warriors," StubHub spokesperson Cameron Papp said, per USA Today's A.J. Perez. "It's a Game 7 and it's in Silicon Valley, where people have deep pockets."

According to Fox Business' Thomas Barrabi, StubHub competitor SeatGeek disclosed that Game 7 tickets are selling for an average of $2,153 on its service. 

"In some ways this game is approaching the level of Super Bowls when it comes to demand," SeatGeek content analyst Chris Leyden said in an email, per Barrabi. "The least expensive Super Bowl we have tracked was the one in 2013 between the 49ers and Ravens at the Superdome in New Orleans. That had an average resale price of $2,479."

And that's not all.

While the scene is shifting to the Bay Area for the season's final game, Cleveland.com's Joey Morona reported select season ticket holders posted their Quicken Loans Arena watch-party tickets on Craigslist at $750 a pop. Tickets for the communal viewing were originally $5. 

Game 7 is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday night.

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