Rockets Playoff Fever

Search for Rockets-Clippers Game 7 tickets soars as prices exceed $4,000 and counting

Search for Rockets-Clippers tickets soars as prices exceed $4,000

News, Shelby, Houston Rockets, ticke prices, May 2015
Ticket sales for Sunday night's Game 7 in the Rockets/Clilppers series are on fire. Courtesy of Houston Rockets Facebook
News, Shelby, Houston Rockets, ticke prices, May 2015
Joining the party at Game 7 is a pricey experience.  Courtesy of Houston Rockets Facebook
Dwight Howard Patrick Beverley upset
Patrick Beverley, left, and Dwight Howard. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images
Houston Rockets introduced on stage at the Circle of Life Gala April 2015
Houston Rockets dressed up in tuxedos for Memorial Hermann gala in April. Photo courtesy of © CatchLightGroup
James Harden arms up
James Harden. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images
News, Shelby, Houston Rockets, ticke prices, May 2015
News, Shelby, Houston Rockets, ticke prices, May 2015
Dwight Howard Patrick Beverley upset
Houston Rockets introduced on stage at the Circle of Life Gala April 2015
James Harden arms up

Better check that credit card limit, Rockets fans. Seats at Sunday's Game 7 against the LA Clippers are as scarce as hen's teeth and priced through the stratosphere.

Just ask ticket agent Patrick Ryan of The Ticket Experience whose email alert to customers this morning began, "On one hand there is so much to say. On the other hand, I am speechless. The market is pretty insane."

It's so insane in fact that seats in the lower level between the the hoops are going at $4,000 a pop. Ryan equates that to the cost of a small car. If that's too high a price to pay, perhaps the ledge dining seats at $725 are more palatable. Tickets haven't reached this level since the Clutch City days of Hakeem Olajuwon.

Sure, everyone wants to see Josh Smith slam his critics one more time. Yes, we want to see James Harden and Dwight Howard do their thing. And we all want to be there. But, seriously?

Ryan explains the over-the-top enthusiasm, "It's not just that they won but the fashion in which they won . . . There was every level of drama involved in last night's game — despair, hope and then dominance."

"This is why people like sports.You can't manufacture drama like this on TV or in the movies without it looking totally fake."

Okay, Ryan. You're killing us.

On Twitter, some CultureMap readers offered their accounts of the search for tickets: