The return of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to TD Garden for the first time as visitors was the most expensive Celtics game of the season on the secondary market. Brooklyn’s second visit of the season Friday night is almost half the price of January’s game.
With a current average price of $72, Celtics tickets against the Nets are 49% lower the last meeting, a game that had an average price of $143. Given the history, overall regular season record of 314-161, as well as Boston’s first NBA championship since 1986, an emotional and expensive homecoming was no surprise. The capacity crowd of 17,565 welcomed both players back with a standing ovation and video tribute on the arena’s scoreboard.
The lower price for Friday’s game is due to not only the fact that this is their second game back in Boston, but also the Celtics’ lackluster record and performance since the last meeting. In that time, they have just a 5-10 record, including losses in eight of their last ten games. The average price for the game has dropped $41 since the All-Star game on February 16 and has dropped 30% just this week alone. The get-in price of $30 on the secondary market is also well below the $56 get-in price from January’s game.
Even with the dropping prices, this is still the second most expensive game remaining on the Celtics schedule with Miami’s visit to the TD Garden on March 19th being the highest priced with an average price of $137. Even though Friday night isn’t as expensive as those two tops games, it’s still 24% above Boston’s $59.69 home average this season. However, compared to the upcoming March 21st game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn this game is very affordable. Brooklyn Nets tickets for that game are currently averaging $239 per seat, 232% above the price of Saturday’s game.
While the secondary market is a better deal for the upper levels against the Nets, the best deals for lower level seats are on the primary market. Face price tickets behind the basket in Loge sections 5, 7, 16, 17, 18 and 19 start at $100 per seat. Plenty of tickets are still available on both the primary and secondary markets and represent a great deal for any Celtics fans looking for last minute tickets or who missed out Pierce and Garnett returning the first time.