NBA Team Season-Ticket Benefits
A team-by-team look at the features teams give their season-ticket holders.
Among the benefits Hawks season-ticket holders receive are a Meet theTeam event, access to a Restaurant of the Month program, the ability to exchange unused tickets for a future game and complimentary Atlanta Thrashers tickets.
This is the second year of the Celtics Season Ticket Holder Tenure Program, which boasts 120 holders who have been with the team for 40-plus seasons. Here are benefits for each tier of STHs:
-Hall of Famers (39-plus consecutive seasons) have a private lunch with Celtics Hall of Fame player and current broadcaster Tommy Heinsohn.
-MVPs (32-39 seasons) get a meet-and-greet with Celtics greats Bob Cousy, Satch Sanders and M.L. Carr.
-Legends (20-31 seasons) and All-Stars (10-19 seasons) embark on a Chalk Talk meeting with Celtics ownership and past legendary players.
-Veterans (5-9 seasons) receive a Celtics-branded gift pack.
-Pride (2-4 seasons) are given access to a special event while Rookies are given a gift pack.
Call it a perk of the team’s owner. Premium season-ticket holders who renew early nab a guaranteed spot in the Bobcats Fantasy Camp each July, which features majority team owner Michael Jordan. The premium tag comes from someone who owns a courtside seat, one in the first ten rows or club suite, among others.
Bulls season-ticket holders receive the following benefits, among others: free tickets to the pre-season team autograph session and open practice; “Backstage Tours” of the United Center and Bulls locker room; a copy of the official team yearbook; ticket management at Bulls.com which include tickets e-mailed for free and the ability to sell tickets above face value to other fans.
The Benchwarmers program, in its fifth year, gives season-ticket holders the chance to sit on the Cavs home bench to watch pre-game warm-ups. Twelve spots are available for each game and the spots are chosen at random.
Playing off the U.S. economy’s struggles, the Nuggets Stimulus Offer gives season-ticket holders who purchase two seats at full price the option to add two additional seats at the Lower or Club level for $800 apiece. That comes out to $19 per seat per game, including pre-season action.
A Build My Game Plan feature is available to Pistons season-ticket holders. They can customize their experience by choosing their seats, price range, the 11 regular season games and one pre-season game they want to attend and one additional item of their choice. That includes going to a pre-season Tipoff party, pre-game Chalk Talk, a tour of the Pistons locker room or a post-game photo opportunity on the court.
Golden State Warriors
A food and wine extravaganza is given to Warriors season-ticket holders. The Nibbles, Dribbles and Sips event, slated this year for Oct. 4 at Oracle Arena, brings together the season-ticket holders with the finest restaurants and wineries in the Bay Area. Over 40 high-end restaurants and wineries will offer samples of their best food and wine at the event, which is also attended by all the team’s players.
The newest perk is the Catered Experiences Program. Season-ticket holders can choose from a Business, Super Fan or Family experience for the upcoming season. Business offers free membership into a year-round schedule of networking events and speaker series during the season on non-event days. Super Fan has access to one post-game autograph session and three opportunities to upgrade their tickets. Family permits a One Kids Experience with the team mascot, Clutch, and four concession discount coupons.
Roy Hibbert, who wears No. 55, has already bought 55 season tickets that he will give away to 55 rabid fans in the Area 55 section of Indiana’s Conseco Fieldhouse. Hibbert wants fans who will be loud and energetic in all the socially-acceptable ways. So, no U.S. Open-like cursing and fighting. Hibbert has already begun auditioning fans, who can find the big man on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Los Angeles Clippers
Among the free benefits season-ticket holders receive are tours and an open gym at the Clippers training center; a private movie screening of a summer blockbuster; admission to the official team draft party; and a trip to an MLB game that includes food and drinks.
Los Angeles Lakers
Season-ticket holders receive exclusive gifts as well as discounts on ticket prices. Past exclusive gifts have included championship ring replica paper weights, a 50th anniversary commemorative coffee table book and championship hats and t-shirts.
The Griz have three tiers of True Benefits for their tenured season ticket holders:
-Legends (eight-plus seasons) receive the following: NBA League Pass subscription, a spot in the annual team photo, team store discounts, access to the courtside Legends Lounge at FedEx Forum, an invitation to the annual Grizzlies BBQ Fest Tent, FedEx Forum events pre-sale priority, early entrance, MVP express concession lines, guaranteed giveaways and more.
-All-Stars (5-7 sesaons) get the same benefits as Legends except access to the Legends Lounge, inclusion in the team photo and a League Pass subscription.
-Veterans (2-4 seasons) receive all the benefits of All-Stars sans guaranteed giveaways and an invite to the BBQ Fest Tent.
Season-ticket holders in Miami are offered a dedicated service center and recognition wall for tenured customers called MyHEAT House. Located outside Section 115 at AmericanAirlines Arena, the area includes the following: dedication walls recognizing 10-plus and 20-plus year STHs, a business center for assistance with online account management, cherry wood millwork throughout the area, mosaic tile finish, marble baseboards, authentic wood flooring with the same center logo as the game court, prominent light boxes for creative graphics or promotional and advertisement messages, sleek and modern style furniture for consultation and a 42″ flat screen Sony HDTV.
Buy one lower level season ticket, get one free. Buying a 21- or 43-game plan brings with it up to $400 in free food and beverage, a Ticket Bank for up to $400 in free additional tickets, an MVP Loyalty Rewards program (Upgrade Vouchers and Arena Store merchandise discounts are included) and interest-free payment plans.
Non-basketball interests of season-ticket holders is where the ‘Wolves are focusing their attention. They hosted a ‘Sex and the City’ launch party for their female season-ticket holders. They also held a family picnic at a local park which included appearances from rookies Wes Johnson and Lazar Hayward.
New Jersey Nets
Become a Nets season-ticket holder and enter the NETS Chamber of Commerce, which is presented by Rymax Marketing Services. It offers STHs and sponsors with extensive networking opportunities to drive their businesses ahead. Members receive access to a protected website which includes contact information to other STHs and corporate partners apart of the Chamber. Additional benefits include monthly networking receptions, which offer prominent speakers from various Nets corporate partners.
New Orleans Hornets
Free beer is floated to all season-ticket holders at Hornets games. Their Season Ticket Holder Beer Garden permits up to two beers as early as an hour and a half before every game at the pre-game Buzzfest outside New Orleans Arena.
New York Knicks
The Knicks have a tiered benefits program according to tenure. Among the highlights are a pre-game photo on the court for Legends (41-plus years) and Hall of Famers (31-40 years), breakfast with head coach Mike D’Antoni for those tiers plus All-Stars (20-30 years) and breakfast with general manager Donnie Walsh for those three tiers plus Veterans (10-plus years)
Oklahoma City Thunder
Love’s Loud City is a $10/game section for season-ticket holders which allows entry into one of the League’s loudest arenas. Thunder PR made a point of e-mailing a quote from Kobe Bryant, who said the Thunder fans are “one of the loudest crowds I have ever played before.” Fans in the section get extra attention from the Thunder Girls and Rumble the Mascot. There’s even a Love’s Loud City Prize wheel where fans can win Thunder merchandise.
Benefits from the Sixers season-ticket packages include a dedicated customer service manager, priority to purchase playoff tickets, invitations to special STH events featuring players and coaches and opportunities to buy tickets for other events at Wells Fargo Center.
Early game day entry in allowed. Season-ticket holders get to enter the concourse a half hour before the general public, which includes access to early team warm-ups. A gameday upgrade program gives season ticket holders the capacity to receive upgrade vouchers, based on their tenure, which leads to upgraded seat locations at games.
Kings season-ticket holders get a benefit in the form of a lightened wallet. Ninety-nine percent of the seats in the lower bowl will feature reduced prices, up to $10 per game per seat. First-time season-ticket holders and renewals who signed up by April 23 also got free parking for 20 games. Never underestimate the joy a Californian can feel from free parking.
San Antonio Spurs
A Loyalty Access Program rewards season-ticket holders based on their tenure. Five tiers exist: 6th man (1-4 years), All-Stars (5-9 years), MVP (10-19 years), Hall of Fame (20-29 years) and Legend (30-plus years). Benefits of the program, based on tenure, include up to five exclusive events featuring player and front office staff, fan shop discounts, ticket credit, a season ticket holder pin, recognition on the Spurs’ Walls of Fame and commemorative gifts.
All season-ticket holders are invited to one of two parties, separated between premium and non-premium holders. Live music, entertainment, games and food and beverages are provided at each event. The premium holders will go to the event at Real Sports, the new bar inside Air Canada Centre, and the event will feature red carpet and valet parking.
Loyalty rules in Salt Lake City. Season-ticket holders who’ve been with the team for 20-plus years hold their own team photo with the team at center court. All STHs also get upgrade coupons, which depend on tenure, that can be redeemed 30 minutes prior to each game in exchange for the best unsold tickets remaining in EnergySolutions Arena.
Capitalizing on the selection of John Wall with the first pick in June’s Draft, the Wizards have unveiled a FANily package worth $399 per seat. Features of the package include an invite to meet this year’s rookies at the Rookie Day Event during training camp, a John Wall autographed basketball and a Rookie Orientation Program. That’s not all. One lucky first-year STH will win a trip for two to the Wizards’ first road game, featuring fellow rookie Mr. Wall, of course.