Where there comes great success and consistent winning, there is always a price to pay. This time the fans have to pay that price. The Golden State Warriors plan to raise ticket prices about 15% to 25% next season depending on location of their seats. To be more specific, it will be the season ticket holders of the Golden State Warriors that will be effected the most. As many people may know already, it is almost near impossible to become a season ticket holder of the Golden State Warriors as the season ticket holder wait list has risen to more than 32,000 people. The cheapest seat location such as the upper levels are seeing a small increase from $32 to $40 per game and sitting court side is seeing an elevated price raise from $625 to now $715. In total, the price to purchase court side seats for season ticket holders amounts to $30,745 for the season, which does not include the playoffs.
The reason behind this spike in season ticket prices for next season is cited in an article by Darren Rovell on ESPN.com which includes a statement made by Golden State Warriors’s senior vice president of business development, Brandon Schneider. Darren Rovell wrote in the article “Brandon Schneider, the Warriors’ senior vice president of business development, said the increases were made against the backdrop of about 6,000 tickets per game being resold for an average of 70 percent above face value.” You can’t blame the Warriors’s organization for making this decision as they are trying to make as much money as possible while the Golden State Warriors are on this great success run because everyone knows all great streaks must come to an end at some point. This run of greatness by the Golden State Warriors has seen the basketball team make four consecutive playoff appearances dating back to the 2012-2013 season, finish the 2015-2016 season with the greatest regular season record in NBA history, make back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in the last two years, and the raising of the Larry O’Brien Trophy at the end of the 2014-2015 season. As long as the Golden State Warriors stay on this wild ride of consistent success and winning seasons, you can almost guarantee this won’t be the last time the organization decides to raise season ticket prices.