For Cleveland Cavaliers fans, defending an NBA championship won’t cost an arm and a leg on the secondary market this season.
On the heels of their first title in franchise history, the Cavaliers enter the 2016-17 NBA season as heavy favorites to reclaim the Eastern Conference and return to the NBA Finals. Those welcoming odds won’t be that costly for fans, however, as Cavs tickets are the cheapest they’ve been in three years, according to ticket search engine TicketIQ.
Across all 41 games at Quicken Loans Arena this season, the average resale price for Cavaliers tickets on TicketIQ is $136.49. That is the team’s cheapest season average on the secondary market since the 2013-14 season, when they owned a $119.79 average.
Despite the falling ticket demand, several marquee matchups are generating big prices at the Q this season. The Golden State Warriors return to Cleveland for a Finals rematch on Christmas Day and serve as the top-priced opponent on the Cavaliers’ schedule. Tickets for the December 25th matchup currently own a $500 average and the cheapest tickets are now listed from $163 each. The Cavaliers’ home opener against the New York Knicks on October 25, which included a championship ring ceremony and banner raising, had a $379 average and $128 get-in price.
Other top-priced games in Cleveland will be played against the Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls. The Celtics will be in town for a game on December 29, and tickets currently average $218 with a get-in price of $73. The Spurs hit Quicken Loans Arena on January 21 while the Bulls are welcomed one month later in the fourth and fifth highest-priced games of the season. Those games own a $208 and $200 average, respectively.
If you’re looking for the cheapest Cavaliers games to attend this season, tickets for a November 8 game against the Atlanta Hawks will be the least expensive home game at an average price of $59 and a $12 get-in price. The Toronto Raptors, Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks also head to Cleveland in least expensive games this season. The Grizzlies’ visit December 13 owns the cheapest available tickets of the season at $11 each.