Between the Golden State Warriors’ historic regular season run and the San Jose Sharks flirting with an appearance in the Stanley Cup Final, 2016 has been kind to Bay Area sports fans. Both teams have championship dreams and continue their hunt toward sports immortality through the Conference Final round.
And while excitement continues to build both on the court and the ice, fans are willing to pay big premiums for tickets to watch the Warriors and Sharks fulfill their title hopes. According to online ticket reseller TiqIQ, the Warriors own the most expensive tickets at home among all remaining NBA playoff teams. While tickets aren’t nearly as expensive 40 miles south at SAP Center, the Sharks’ potential first-ever Stanley Cup Final games are bound to increase should the team punch their ticket to the NHL’s biggest stage.
With the Warriors’ series with the Thunder headed back to Oakland for Game 5 Thursday, the average resale price for tickets is now $554.35. That does make it the cheapest game at Oracle Arena during the Conference Finals, though it is still considerably more expensive than that of Game 4 in Oklahoma City, where tickets are averaging $385.22 in the hours leading up to tipoff. The cheapest ticket to Game 5 Thursday night is now $177.
Should the Warriors clinch their second straight berth in the NBA Finals, expect prices to again reach the four-digit average on the secondary market. Last year’s three Finals games at Oracle Arena owned a gaudy $1,465.51 average. As it stands now, Warriors Finals tickets in 2016 own a $1,905.39 average over four potential home games.
As for the Sharks, the team has the opportunity to clinch a Stanley Cup Final berth with a win in Game 6 Wednesday night at home, and ticket prices have continued to climb since Monday night’s victory in St. Louis. Sharks Game 6 tickets now average $299.71, up 25% from Sunday’s average of $240.28. The get-in price starts from $165.
A trip to the Stanley Cup Final would cement the team’s first in franchise history, and ticket prices will more than double for home games at SAP Center should it materialize. Sharks Stanley Cup Final tickets at home currently average $708.63, with the get-in price starting from $350 for Game 1.
The hour-drive between Oracle Arena and SAP Center may give many fans reason to attend both the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Final this year. While flights and hotels continue to be booked, Oakland parking can be found at low rates on ParkWhiz.com for those headed to see the Warriors. Parking near SAP Center for the majority of Sharks home games starts from just $4.
Fans will be traveling from far and wide to take in all the action should both teams advance, but what separates this year’s NBA and Stanley Cup Finals may be the proximity of both. Not since 1994 has an NBA and NHL team from the same city played in their respective Final at the same time. That came in New York City when the Knicks and Rangers were each playing for championships. With the 22-year drought on the verge of being snapped, a special fervor will exist in Northern California at the start of the summer if the Warriors and Sharks make it to the Finals.