The Warriors have been advertising their “Season Ticket Priority Wait List” during games, complete with a hashtag: #2000STRONG. In a move that might allow some of the fans on the list to get seats, the team is asking current season ticket holders to pay more. A lot more.
If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to hold my nose and embed this tweet right here:
Warriors major ticket price increase. Equals a doubling of prices for some seats in 2 years
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) February 8, 2014
Ugh, Darren Rovell. I know, I know. I promise I won’t starting posting bacon porn or complaints about the quality of Playboy Playmates on this site anytime soon (or ever). As tasteless as Rovell is, his tweet led me to do a little research, which subsequently led me to someone FAR more credible: Adam Lauridsen.
Warriors’ season ticket renewal packages are out. 25% price increase on my seats. Biggest hike since post-We Believe. #supplyanddemand
— Fast Break (@GSWFastBreak) February 7, 2014
The Warriors are far from the only local team to take advantage of their team’s popularity. Since 2010, it’s become an annual tradition of sorts to see San Francisco Giants fans kvetching on Twitter about price hikes of 10% or higher.
The Warriors also followed the Giants’ lead on “dynamic pricing.” For example, here’s what it costs to buy individual seats to the two games at Oracle next week.
For those worried about what a potential move to San Francisco (which has been delayed until 2018 at the earliest) could do to the atmosphere at Warriors games, we’ll probably get a sneak peak at what those changes could mean from a decibel-level and punctuality standpoint over the next few years in Oakland. Even with the team winning, price increases of 25% year over year will be too steep for some fans — let alone the 100% increase Rovell described.