If you thought the Kobe Bryant retirement train had reached its final destination two seasons ago when he dropped 60 points on the Utah Jazz in his last-ever game at Staples Center, followed by a literal mic drop, then think again.
This summer, the Lakers organization announced that this season they would retire not one but both of the jerseys Kobe wore throughout his career.
As with just about any Lakers home game, it’s bound to be a star-studded affair, and to absolutely nobody’s surprise, the ticket prices will reflect that. In fact, according to StubHub, it’s the best-selling game of the NBA season, by far.
The hottest single-game ticket this season? Dec. 18 when the Warriors visit the Lakers — Kobe Bryant’s jersey retirement game, where the average ticket price is $660. Ticket prices right now range from $510 per seat in the top of the building to $7,000 or more to be in a prime location. That shouldn’t be a shock, Kobe sells. The Kobe game has generated more ticket sales on StubHub than the No. 2, 3, and 4 games on the list combined.
But Kobe isn’t the only draw in Los Angeles these days. The Lakers are also the best-selling team so far this season, with the Knicks and the Celtics rounding out the top three.
So if you’re an NBA fan in one of these cities, better start making arrangements now if you want to catch your hometown team in action.