Silicon Valley Heads to Oakland for NBA Finals: Which Tech Giants Will Sit Courtside? – Variety

Silicon Valley Heads to Oakland for NBA Finals: Which Tech Giants Will Sit Courtside? – Variety

Marissa Mayer
We hope Drake still has room on his credit card after peeping his $100 million plane three weeks ago, because a pair of VIP tickets to tonight’s Game 3 at Oracle Arena could set him back more than $100, 000. Then again, what better way to break in your plane than flying to the Bay to catch the Toronto Raptors taking on the Golden State Warriors?Someone reportedly paid an NBA Finals (per-seat) record of $101, 015 for two tickets to Game 4.
Tickets for this game might fetch a larger premium than Game 3 because it’s potentially the last game ever in Oracle Arena. The series is tied at one game apiece. Should the Warriors win their home games Wednesday and Friday, they’d have an opportunity to close the series out on Monday in Toronto.Next year the Warriors will play at the new, $1.4 billion, privately financed Chase Center in San Francisco. While the new arena in the Mission Bay neighborhood has been cited as a sign of gentrification, it’s hard to fault the team for wanting to move on from the oldest arena in the NBA. .

Built in 1966, Oracle has been home to Golden State for 47 years, and last received a major renovation in 1997.
RelatedThe arena’s imminent demise adds a bit of historic intrigue to the Warriors’ bid for a third straight NBA championship (and fourth in five years). As of Tuesday morning there were pairs of VIP courtside seats available from around $20, 000 to $92, 654 a piece. One ambitious soul was even offering a pair of tickets behind the home team bench for $136, 611 a ticket. Suffice to say, the two-day-old record could very well fall before tip-off.That sticker price giving you vertigo? You might follow the lead of a Deadspin writer who last year took advantage of Gametime’s app to buy great finals tickets after the game started. .

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