The Indiana Pacers are the NBA’s darlings. With a roster full of easy-to-root-for, hard-working, upstanding young professionals fresh off a Game 7 Eastern Conference Finals loss, this 12-1 juggernaut now seems to be the league’s best hope of preventing LeBron James and the Miami Heat from winning a third straight title.
And according to a recent study, it doesn’t even cost that much to see these guys live.
Sreekar Jasthi ran some numbers for Nerd Wallet on how much it costs a family of four to a see a home game for each NBA team, and only Cleveland has a cheaper arena to spend an evening in than Indianapolis.
[T]he Pacers have the second lowest TFC in the entire league at less than $263, making them perhaps the best value in the NBA from a cost-quality standpoint. Tickets on the resale market are third lowest of all teams, and beer, soda, hot dog and parking prices are all lower than average. Families should definitely take advantage of the undervalued resale tickets before the team’s success causes a dramatic increase in prices.
The figures for each team include “median 2013-14 ticket prices on the resale market for each team, along with average prices of 16 oz. of beer, 16 oz. of soda, a hot dog, and parking.”
I get that two-and-a-half bills is still a large sum to pay to get into a game. But as 8 Points, 9 Seconds’ Indiana Pacers tickets partner TiqIQ shows on its website, there are plenty of cheap options. So, with a dynamite team playing 41 regular season games in The Fieldhouse — not to mention three or four rounds worth of home playoff games — Hoosiers are running out of excuses not to attend.
Last year, according to ESPN, the Pacers finished 25th in average home attendance with a nightly crowd of 15,269. Through seven home games so far this season, that figure has jumped to 16,197 and the rank has increased to 20th.
Good progress. But with a capacity north of 18,000, there is still a lot more room — quite literally — for further improvement.
If you’re looking to hit up a game soon, here is a list of the most and least expensive home match-ups this season, as listed on the TiqIQ secondary market.
5 Most Expensive Upcoming Games
Miami Heat (12/10) – $203 (average) | $40 (lowest)
Miami Heat (3/26) – $200 (average) | $35 (lowest)
Los Angeles Lakers (2/25) – $171 (average) | $20 (lowest)
Oklahoma City Thunder (4/13) – $146 (average) | $22 (lowest)
Chicago Bulls (3/21) – $141 (average) | $27 (lowest)
5 Cheapest Upcoming Games
Detroit Pistons (12/16) – $60 (average) | $4 (lowest)
Charlotte Bobcats (12/13) – $60 (average) | $8 (lowest)
Orlando Magic (2/3) – $75 (average) | $4 (lowest)
Sacramento Kings (1/14) – $77 (average) | $3 (lowest)
Toronto Raptors (1/7) – $78 (average) | $4 (lowest)