Akron-born LeBron James made his big return to Ohio this past summer, opting to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers rather than continue his career down on South Beach. LeBron spent four years in Miami, reaching the NBA Finals each and every year and winning two championships.
In his essay explaining why he chose to come home, LeBron stated his time spent with the Heat has helped prepare him for leading a team to the Finals. LeBron believed that his time away from home assisted him in building his character and leadership qualities and will ultimately make him a better player and captain on the court.
For Cleveland fans, they are obviously thrilled to have the prodigal son back at Quicken Loans Arena. But fans may not be as pleased with the sky-high ticket prices for Cleveland Cavaliers tickets. Below is a breakdown of the five most expensive games on the Cavs schedule and a preview on how much you will have to pay for each game with ticket data provided by Coast to Coast Tickets:
October 30th, 2014 vs. New York Knicks | Average Ticket Price: $1,108 | Get-in Ticket Price: $279
The most expensive game of the NBA season also happens to be the first game of the NBA season. LeBron’s return game will take place the night before Halloween against his good friend Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. The average ticket price is an astounding $1,108, almost twice as expensive as the next game on the list.
February 8th, 2015 vs. Los Angeles Lakers | Average Ticket Price: $635 | Get-in Ticket Price: $70
LeBron vs. Kobe is the second most expensive game of the season for the Cavaliers, though it is substantially more affordable than the home opener. Tickets start at just $70 and have an average price will below $1,000 at only $635.
January 25th, 2015 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder | Average Ticket Price: $608 | Get-in Ticket Price: $95
Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder will make their lone visit to Cleveland on January 25th. Durant faced LeBron in the Finals just three years ago. LeBron and the Heat had the edge and James took home his first title against the Thunder. Durant and company have not been able to return to the Finals since, so they will be looking to make a statement in this game.
February 5th, 2015 vs. Los Angeles Clippers | Average Ticket Price: $568 | Get-in Ticket Price: $90
The Clippers will come to Quicken Loans Arena just a little over a week after the Thunder. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have been a piece or two away from getting to the next echelon of the NBA’s finest, but a victory in this game will be a big declaration to the rest of the league that they are for real.
April 5th, 2015 vs. Chicago Bulls | Average Ticket Price: $555 | Get-in Ticket Price: $90
Cavs vs. Bulls tickets round out the top five most expensive games on the year for Cleveland with an average price of $555. This is a potential Eastern Conference finals preview, though prices may change if neither team is playing for anything meaningful at this time of year. You always run the risk of going to a game in April in which the superstars rest, but chances are this will still be important for at least home court advantage throughout the playoffs.