Ticket prices for Kobe Byrant’s final game at the Staples Center have skyrocketed following Bryant’s announcement that he will retire at the end of the season.
As of Monday morning, tickets have risen by more than 240 percent for the Los Angeles Lakers’ April 13 game against the Utah Jazz.
The most expensive tickets are going for $21,000, and the cheapest going for around $500. (RELATED: ‘Dear Basketball’ — NBA Legend Kobe Bryant Announces Retirement [VIDEO])
From USA Today:
According to SeatGeek, the road games that saw the biggest price jumps in median ticket prices were games at Milwaukee (Feb. 22) 89 percent, Philadelphia (Tuesday) 78 percent, Utah (March 28) 76 percent and at Atlanta (Friday.)
“The tickets are in most demand in markets where the Lakers don’t play that often,” Leyden told USA TODAY Sports. “Maybe these are fans who have never seen Kobe play or want to take their kids to watch one of his last games.”
The prices for some other Lakers road games, however, remained stagnant, including a February contest against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers that saw only a 6 percent bump.
Bryant won five NBA championships during his career, and is a lock for the Hall of Fame.