The 2022 NBA Finals begin Thursday with Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors taking on Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics. Judging by the ticket prices, there is a lot of excitement for this matchup.
According to Vivid Seats, a ticket resale marketplace, Game 1 of the Finals (9 p.m. ET on ABC) has the most expensive average ticket price for any event at Chase Center since its opening in 2019.
The current average price sold for the first game of the series is $873, which is over $300 more per ticket than when the Los Angeles Lakers visited the Warriors in February -- and these Finals tickets are $300 more expensive than a Metallica concert, played in September 2019, that had an average price of $542.
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On the Warriors' team website, linked to Ticketmaster, the only tickets available are resale tickets. They range from $590 to $6,900.
Finals tickets are typically more expensive than tickets for most other rounds in the playoffs and regular-season games, so it's also no surprise that Game 1 has the most expensive average ticket price on Vivid Seats in the NBA so far this season. That same Lakers-Warriors game from February is No. 2 at $543, with Game 2 of the Western Conference finals between the Dallas Mavericks and Warriors on May 20 coming in third with an average ticket price of $418.
The Warriors have also been a part of the top five games with the most expensive average ticket this season.
It's difficult to make a meaningful comparison between Game 1 prices and the most expensive tickets from any NBA Finals game, since the prices will likely go up as the series continues. The most expensive average ticket price from Vivid Seats since 2010 came in 2019 for Game 5 of the Warriors-Raptors series, with a price of $1,550.
The Warriors, who moved into the Chase Center in San Francisco in 2019, have participated in three of the top five NBA Finals games with the most expensive average ticket price since 2010. Golden State played in five consecutive Finals from 2015 to 2019 and won three NBA titles. Those series were played at Oracle Arena in Oakland.
The lowest price listed for Game 2 at Golden State is $749, according to Ticketmaster.