Gone in 60 seconds: Raptors/Warriors sells out at Rogers Arena

Sep 2 2016, 5:20 pm

Who says Vancouver isn’t a basketball town?

If you were hoping to get your hands on tickets to the NBA preseason game at Rogers Arena between the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors, you’ll have to find them on the secondary market. They were all gone at 10:01 am on Friday, just one minute after they were to go on sale to the general public on Ticketmaster.

This begs the question: were nearly all the tickets sold before 10 am or does Ticketmaster have the world’s most efficient website?

A presale code was available, but not widely publicized, on Thursday so that may give us a hint.

If you’re still looking for tickets, you can always go to Stub Hub for tickets, although I would encourage waiting until prices drop. The cheapest ticket available as of 11 am on Friday was $149.95 USD for upper bowl seat. And that’s just for a single seat on its own. The cheapest pair of seats together are listed at $177 USD, also for upper bowl seats. That’s not that far off the price to fly to California to watch the Raptors vs Golden State regular season game in December.

The Raptors have now sold out preseason games in Vancouver for three consecutive years. They have never sold out this quickly though, and they can thank the Golden State Warriors in part for that.

This begs another question: is it time to consider bringing another team back to Vancouver? If it could be a team that wins every now and then also, that would be nice as well.

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