Basketball in New Orleans is back with the emergence of one of the NBA’s brightest young stars Anthony Davis. After reaching the postseason for the first time since the 2010-11 season, when Chris Paul was still on the roster, all signs are trending positively for the Pelicans, as the organization and its fans are ready to start another season.
Alvin Gentry is the new head man in charge for the playoff hopeful Pelicans after the club surprisingly elected to fire Monty Williams. The Pels also made a few role player additions to the roster during the offseason, and with a nice foundation already in place that also includes Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon, this could be the year they make a deep postseason run.
With Davis’ popularity growing in conjunction with the team’s rising success, tickets to see the Pelicans on the secondary market are becoming an increasingly sought-after item. With information provided from SeatSmart.com, below are a few of the most expensive Pelicans games of the season in terms of highest-priced secondary market tickets.
10/27/2015 | Golden State Warriors vs. New Orleans Pelicans | Oracle Arena | Average Price: $473.99 | Get-in Price: $173
3/14/2016 | Golden State Warriors vs. New Orleans Pelicans | Oracle Arena | Average Price: $411.23 | Get-in Price: $92
2/6/16 | Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New Orleans Pelicans | Quicken Loans Arena | Average Price: $283.15 | Get-in Price: $72
12/25/15 | Miami Heat vs. New Orleans Pelicans | American Airlines Arena | Average Price: $283.15 | Get-in Price: $72
12/4/15 | New Orleans Pelicans vs. Cleveland Cavaliers | Smoothie King Center | Average Price: $244.45 | Get-in Price: $57
The two teams that met in the NBA Finals are the most expensive games for the Pelicans next season, starting at the top with the defending champion Golden State Warriors. Tickets for entrance into Oracle Arena in late-October have an average price of $473.99 with a get-in price of $173, as New Orleans looks for revenge on the team that eliminated them from last year’s playoffs. In March, the Pelicans go to raucous Oracle again and that late-season contest carries an average ticket price of $411.23 and a get-in price of $92.
On Christmas Day, New Orleans plays the Miami Heat on national television, which is a sign of how far the franchise has come, since they’ll be playing on one of the most high-profile slates of the season. The average price for this affair is understandably high, being $283.15 with a get-in price of $72, to see the Pelicans play holiday basketball against a quality opponent at American Airlines Arena.
Lastly, the most expensive home game at the Smoothie King Center comes against the Cavaliers, having an average price of $244.45 and a get-in price of $57. With Davis and LeBron James — arguably the NBA’s two most athletic players — on the court together, that alone will be worth the price of admission.