When a franchise has a remarkable, record-breaking season, that’s usually grounds for jacking up ticket prices and charging fans an arm and a leg for their product.
That hasn’t happened with the Atlanta Hawks.
According to TravelMag, a couple will pay just $35 per ticket, on average, to get into a Hawks game in the 2015-16 season. That’s cheaper than all but five NBA teams, according to their data.
Most of those five teams won far fewer games last season than the Hawks, so it would make sense that their tickets would be cheap. The Hawks, however, are just giving their fans a bargain.
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TravelMag also calculated the cost of the two tickets plus a three-star-or-better hotel room near the arena, and when those two are paired, the Hawks are officially the most affordable team in the NBA. It would cost $162 for two tickets and a hotel room, a package that obviously targets the traveler more than the local resident.
The two most expensive tickets in the NBA this season belong to the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers, two teams that combined for 38 wins a year ago. The Hawks won 60, but you’d pay, on average, nearly $100 more to see either of those bottom-dwellers play.*
The tickets-and-hotel-r0om package in New York would run you $430, or about 2.5 times as much as the same product in Atlanta. I’ll say this: Madison Square Garden is awesome, but maybe Philips Arena will catch up after the $250 million or so in renovations they’re planning.
If you’re free Tuesday night, perhaps you wouldn’t mind joining me for the Hawks-Celtics game. Upper-deck tickets are $20 (no fees, either!), and the Hawks will be retiring Dikembe Mutombo’s number and giving away all kinds of awesome stuff.
Time to support the Hawks, Atlanta. It won’t even hit your pocketbook that hard.
*The Knicks actually haven’t been that bad so far this season. The Lakers have been terrible and should be paying fans to come watch their games.
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