It’s almost over for Kobe Bryant. After a 19-year career, the lifetime Laker who has earned 5 NBA championship rings, 2 Olympic Gold medals, and 18 NBA All-Star team selections, has four games left before he hangs up his jersey for good.
Although Kobe Bryant is essentially a shell of his former self, his legacy has forever been imprinted in the NBA. Because of that, basketball fans have been paying tribute to Bryant’s hall of fame career by flocking to games to see number 24 play in his final game in each city.
Three out of the four Laker’s remaining games are on the road, however, their final game of the season will take place at home for the Lakers on Wednesday, April 13. Although Kobe has been recognized in each city this year since he announced his retirement last November, nothing will be quite like his final game in front of the home crowd at Staples Center. And a game like no other demands ticket prices like no other.
According to data from the TicketNetwork.com exchange, tickets for Kobe’s final game are starting at $581 and are average at $628 each. Fans looking to sit courtside can expect to pay over $14,000 for a single ticket.*
Do Any Past Farewell Games Compare to Kobe’s Farewell Game?
The answer is yes. Ticket prices to Kobe’s final home game are similar to ticket prices for the final home game of former Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter, which took place on September 25, 2014. For that game against the Baltimore Orioles, patrons were paying $421 on average to attend the game at Yankee Stadium. Though tickets to Derek’s final game averaged $207 less than tickets to Kobe’s final game, total sales for the two matches are fairly comparable.
In the end, many fans are willing to shell out big bucks to see their favorite player compete in their respective sport one final time. If you want to see The Black Mamba one final time, tickets for each of his final four games are still available. Click here to browse.
*Ticket sales data as of 4/8/2016 9:00 a.m. EDT. Trademarked terms are the property of their respective owners and are used strictly for descriptive purposes. TicketNetwork.com is an online ticket marketplace and is in no way affiliated with any of the trademark owners or the teams or venues mentioned.