It seems like it is a season of streaks ending for the Los Angeles Lakers as Tuesday’s game at Staples Center failed to be a sellout, which ended the franchise’s marks of a 270-game home game sellout streak, according to Ben Bolchy of the LA Times.
The attendance for the Lakers 116-95 win over the New Orleans Pelicans was at 18,426, which was over 500 seats under Staples Center’s full capacity number of 18,997. The last time the organization was unable to sellout a game was a 2006 regular season game on December 6 against the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, when the team drew 18,535 to watch a starting lineup that featured Smush Parker, Kobe Bryant, Luke Walton, Lamar Odom and Kwame Brown.
The Lakers had sold out 320 regular season games including the playoffs. According to a Forbes report, the franchise has the third-most expensive tickets in the NBA behind the New York Knicks and Miami Heat.
As for the other tenants of Staples Center, the Los Angeles Clippers currently have a 97-game home sellout streak and appear headed to surpass the 100-game mark when they play next Monday against the Memphis Grizzles.
That is not the only thing changing around Staples Center as the ticket price difference between the two franchises is now at $70, which is a significant drop from three seasons ago when the Lakers held an average of $150 difference in ticket price over the Clippers.
With the Lakers’ home sellout streak now coming to an end, it may be a sign from the fans that they are not satisfied with the product on the floor that currently holds a 4-5 record, which ranks the team 10th in the Western Conference and fourth in the Pacific division.
Although it is early in the season, if the Lakers continue to struggle expect there to be more home games that franchise is unable to sell out. Fans want to see a competitive team on the court every night, and this may be the way fans show their displeasure of seeing Lakers failing to do so.
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