NBA All-Star Game Tickets Trending Toward Record High

The teams are picked, setting the stage for the 2019 NBA All Star Game, which tips off in just over a week on February 17 at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center. Team LeBron will take on Team Giannis, with loaded lineups expected to put up some offensive fireworks as always. Check out current NBA All Star Game ticket prices here at Ticket Club and grab yours today.

Due to the restrictive nature of how fans can access tickets to the game, most have to turn to the secondary market if they want to check out the scene – and this year is shaping up to be a pricey night on the town. Through Thursday, the average price of a single ticket is $2,113 on TicketClub.com – and presumably far more on other marketplaces once you tack on all their fees. That average is well above the historical trends, a full 27% over the next highest average price we’ve seen in recent years.

At Ticket Club, the current ‘get-in’ price for a member is $749, with a median ticket going for $4,725 right now. At the top end of the market, we’re seeing $20,475 as the ask for a ticket on the lower level sideline. Compared to other markets, Ticket Club’s get-in is over $100 less than the lowest price ticket after fees at StubHub ($847.05) and a whopping $534 less than the get-in on Vivid Seats ($1,283). Comparing directly, a ticket in Section 208, Row K is $1,349 for a Ticket Club member, $90 less than the same section and row on VS ($1,439.59 after fees) and $120 and change less than that spot through StubHub.

Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis

On Thursday night, captains LeBron James (Lakers) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks) picked their squads. By virtue of receiving the most fan votes, James picked first, grabbing Kevin Durant. Antetokounmpo also went Warriors with his selection to kick his team off, grabbing Steph Curry. The full lineups are below:

Team LeBron:

Starters

LeBron James
Kevin Durant
Kyrie Irving
Kawhi Leonard
James Harden

Reserves

Anthony Davis
Klay Thompson
Damian Lillard
Ben Simmons
LaMarcus Aldridge
Karl-Anthony Towns
Bradley Beal
Dwyane Wade (special addition)

Team Giannis

Starters

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Steph Curry
Joel Embiid
Paul George
Kemba Walker

Reserves

Khris Middleton
Nikola Jokic
Russell Westbrook
Blake Griffin
D’Angelo Russell
Nikola Vucevic
Kyle Lowry
Dirk Nowitzki (special addition)

Ticket Price Breakdown by Seat Location

As one might expect, tickets are going at the highest premium for seats close to the action along the lower sidelines. A ticket down there will range from $4,909 to over $20K for the fan with a lot of disposable income. Here’s how much you’ll pay as a member of Ticket Club by seat location (as of Friday morning):

Seat Location Get-In Ticket Price Median High
Upper Endline $749 $775 $801
Upper Corner $772 $1,035 $4,199
Upper Sideline $880 $1,349.00 $1,943
Lower Endline $2,573 $4,200.00 $5,250
Lower Corner $2,888 $5,237.00 $6,825
Lower Sideline $4,909 $8,925.00 $20,475

NBA All Star Game Price Trend

NBA All Star Game 2019 price trend by month

Much of the sky-high prices we’re seeing for this year’s game stems from some big purchases in June, September and November. In November alone, the average order price spiked to over $17,000. The averages for both tickets and orders have since come back to earth, but it looks as if the overall average is going to remain far higher than in years past.

NBA All Star Game ticket price trend 2015-2019

As you can see, the 2019 game has run at an average much higher throughout the year leading up to tip-off, compared to the previous four years. By June, the average price paid by fans for a single ticket at Ticket Club was $2,025 – an increase of 40% over last year’s game in Los Angeles through the same period. At the end of January, that average was up to $2,156 per ticket, still 25% above last year’s mark.

In February, the average price has dropped a hair over 2%, but that drop is far below the average February drop in recent history, which is closer to 21%. To be fair, much of that average is due to the rapid slide in price of the 2017 game, which was relocated from Charlotte to New Orleans at the last minute due to the implementation of an anti-trans bathroom rule by the North Carolina legislature. Even ignoring that year, the average price in February has tended to fall substantially, and this year appears to be avoiding that trend (at least so far).

nba all star weekend ticket prices

Ticket Prices for Other NBA All-Star Weekend Events

Sunday’s All-Star Game is far from the only treat for the fans in Charlotte. Between practice and media day, celebrity games, and Saturday night’s skills challenge, there’s plenty to do in Charlotte even if you can’t make it to the main event. View all NBA All-Star Weekend tickets here at Ticket Club.

NBA All-Star Saturday Night

Featuring the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, the MTN Dew 3-Point Contest and ATT Slam Dunk events, Saturday night’s action at Spectrum Center is averaging a whopping $1,520 per ticket sold.

NBA Rising Stars Challenge

Far more affordable than the Saturday and Sunday headliners, Friday’s NBA Rising Stars Challenge is seeing tickets go at an average price of $168. That game features some of the emerging stars of the game in a USA vs. World format. Reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons headlines the World squad.

NBA All Star Practice and Media Day

If you’re looking for a chance to see the stars but can’t stomach the big ticket price of the actual contest on Sunday, Saturday’s practice and media day affords you a shot at just that, with an average sold price of $118.

NBA All Star Celebrity Game

Friday’s Celebrity Game kicks off the All-Star weekend, featuring a mix of celebrities and players with ties to the Carolina region. Former Duke star Jay Williams headlines the “home” squad, while UConn and Seattle Storm star Sue Bird coaches the “away” squad. This contest has seen tickets sell at an average of $180 per seat, though current get-in numbers are above $200.

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