Tickets hot and pricey for Heat

Posted: August 13, 2010

Prices are going up, at least for two 76ers games, the home opener Oct. 27 against the Miami Heat and the Dec. 17 game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

How much the cost will rise for individual tickets for those two games has yet to be determined, but the increase apparently will vary depending upon seat location. The details will come out Oct. 2, when individual game tickets go on sale.

Season-ticket holders will not be affected.

"I think you'll find that, around the (NBA), this is a very common practice," said Lara Price, the Sixers' senior vice-president of business operations. "We hear people saying we take advantage of them, but we don't. We offer $10 tickets for every game. We offer creative packages."

There has been speculation that some seat prices could rise by as much as $50. Price, though, declined to speculate, saying the organization is "working on several different models."

"But these are high demand games," she said. "We also have an offer that, if you buy one of our plans, your price isn't increased for those games. We're trying to be fan friendly."

The Heat game is the season-opener and the only visit by the restructured team that now includes Lebron James and Chris Bosh to go along with Dwyane Wade. The Lakers' game, featuring Lower Merion's Kobe Bryant with the defending champions in their only visit, is the Sixers' final appearance at home before a stretch of eight games in succession on the road. *

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