NBA’s Pelicans Prepped for Price Spike Upon Zion Williamson’s Debut

New Orleans was set to be among the most in-demand markets in the NBA when the Pelicans selected No. 1 draft pick Zion Williamson. However, locals’ hopes were dashed before the season even began when the rookie suffered a knee injury during summer league play. Questions about his debut loomed for months, but now the wait is over. With Williamson finally set to take the court on January 22, Pelicans ticket prices are expected to spike.

Tickets for the Pelicans home bout against San Antonio start affordable, with the cheapest pair on Ticket Club going for $30 apiece. However, admission cost quickly escalates the closer fans get to the court. Lower level seats are currently going for as much as $400 and change, while certain courtside tickets cost double. The cost of admission for Williamson’s first Friday night game – January 24 at home against the Nuggets – raises the stakes even higher.

But with the Pelicans’ upcoming games being a hot commodity, fans using fee-heavy resale sites will pay even more. See how tickets for Zion Williamson’s first three games in New Orleans mean big savings for Ticket Club users versus the high cost of other sites.

New Orleans Pelicans Ticket Prices – Ticket Club vs. Other Resale Sites*

*Ticket prices accurate as of January 17

Zion Williamson may have been off the court for the first portion of the season. However, the 6’6″ forward’s mere presence on the roster has already contributed to monumental growth in Pelicans ticket prices. Last season, the Pelicans drew an average cost of $63 per ticket. That figure has now skyrocketed to $101 per ticket for a nearly 61 percent increase. Only the LA Clippers saw a bigger surge from 2018 to 2019. Their 68 percent jump from $75 per ticket to $127 is largely thanks to acquiring another superstar: NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.

Pelicans home games in particular brought bigger bucks this season. The average price to catch a game at the Smoothie King Center has gone from $73 to $130, all credited to their inking of the former Duke standout. Check out how Pelicans ticket prices compare to this season’s other in-demand teams.

NBA Teams With Highest Average Ticket Price Growth

With their rookie healthy and ready to shake up the NBA, the Pelicans are on track to be the league’s most dominant team in ticketing. Get cheap New Orleans Pelicans tickets here to see Zion in action the remainder of this season.

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