Mike Krzyzewski’s Finał Home Game Between Duke & North Carolina Set to be Most Expensive Regular Season Ticket Ever
Photo by Lance King/Getty Images. Pictured: Mike Krzyzewski
This Saturday, when North Carolina plays Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium, it will be the most expensive regular season ticket in sports history.
As of Tuesday morning, the get-in price for a pair to see Mike Krzyzewski coach his last home game in Cameron Indoor is $7,552 on TickPick and $8,154 for a pair with fees on StubHub.
Of tickets sold, StubHub says the average price per ticket is $5,392 and Tickpick says its average sold price is $5,980.
To put this in context, the most expensive game in baseball history was this past year’s Field of Dreams game, which averaged around $1,400 a ticket. The most expensive game in NBA history was Kobe Bryant’s last game in 2016, which also hovered around that amount. Tom Brady’s return to New England this season became one, if not the most expensive regular season games in NFL history also in the $1,400 range.
What makes Duke completely different of course is the capacity, with only 9,300 seats. Then add the Tobacco Road rivalry with North Carolina to the mix.
The previous high for a game between the two was three years ago when the No. 1 Blue Devils and Zion Williamson played the No. 3 Tar Heels ($2,302 average ticket price, according to TickPick). That game was so highly coveted that it featured former President Barack Obama sitting courtside. UNC won after Williamson famously left the game after less than a minute when his Nike shoe blew out.
At 25-4, Duke is ranked No. 4, while North Carolina, which lost by 20 to Duke at home this season, is unranked.
Krzyzewski, who will retire after the season, has been coaching at Duke since the 1980-81 season, where he has led the team to five titles and has become the all-time Division I win leader.