Oklahoma City's average ticket price is $47.51

Updated: August 14, 2008, 6:21 PM ET
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma City fans excited about the NBA's return after a one-year hiatus now know what it will cost to get in on the action.

The still-nameless Oklahoma City franchise released its season-ticket prices Thursday, touting a variety of options.

The good news for anyone suffering withdrawal after the New Orleans Hornets' temporary two-year relocation ended is that there will be 3,400 seats available at $10 per game -- a sizable number compared to the 500 required by the league.

On average, though, ticket prices will be about 36 percent higher than they were in Seattle last season when Rookie of the Year Kevin Durant and his teammates suffered through a franchise-worst 20-62 season.

Team spokesman Dan Mahoney said the average ticket price would be $47.51 for locations that don't feature any added amenities, such as club or courtside seats. Seattle's average ticket price last season was $35, according to Team Marketing Research, which compiles a yearly analysis of pro sports ticket prices.

The research group calculated last year's NBA average ticket price at $48.83, which would still put Oklahoma City's prices below the league average.

The SuperSonics were once among the league's highest-priced tickets after appearing in the NBA Finals in 1996 and spiked with the second-highest priced tickets at $63.47 in the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season.

The franchise sharply dropped ticket prices for the 2001-02 season and got below the $40 barrier the following season, remaining among the league's most affordable tickets the past five years.

The highest-priced regular seats listed on the team's seating diagram are $250 per game, although there will be more expensive options available. Mahoney said the team wasn't disclosing how much its courtside and club seats would cost.

"With more than 11,000 seats in the arena at $50 or less, we think the pricing is fair and reasonable for individuals and families to enjoy the world-class entertainment the NBA offers," Mahoney said.


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