With LeBron James at the helm of the team, the Miami Heat just successfully silenced their critics and took home an NBA Championship. Despite differing outcomes inThunder-Heat, AmericanAirlines Arena hosted three Finals games in both the 2011 and 2012 finals. By comparing the prices between the two series we can see that tickets for this year’s Finals sold for higher prices across the board than last year’s.

The average price of a Miami Heat home ticket on the secondary market for this year’s Finals was $110 more expensive than the average of last year’s Finals. The ’12 games sold for $611 per ticket on the secondary market, while the ’11 games went for $501 per ticket.

This year’s Game 5 sold for $693, the highest cost of any Finals games of the six the Heat have hosted these past two years. This game turned out to be the series clincher for the Heat. Last year’s Game 1 price of $454 was the cheapest ticket of any of the six home games.

All three of this year’s games sold for higher prices than last year’s games. The lowest-priced game of this series, Game 4, cost an average of $583, still more than the most expensive ticket from last Finals appearance, as the deciding Game 6 went for $566 per ticket.

In total, we see that this year’s Heat team is sold for higher prices on the secondary market by almost any metric. One explanation is that the young Thunder team of Kevin Durant and Co. is a more popular draw than the experienced (read: old) Dallas Mavericks lineup of last year, which starred a 32-year old Dirk Nowitzki. Most interestingly, though, the high prices show that Heat fans are increasingly dishing out the cash to see their team play, even after disappointing struggles in the Finals.

And with a core of LeBron, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh around for the foreseeable future, Miami NBA Finals prices may only increase further should the team continue its success.

Miami Heat Finals Tickets

2012 Ticket Prices v. Oklahoma City

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Event City Date Avg. Price
NBA Finals: Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat – Game 3 Miami 6/17/2012 $603.29
NBA Finals: Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat – Game 4 Miami 6/19/2012 $583.43
NBA Finals: Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat – Game 5 Miami 6/21/2012 $691.24

2011 Ticket Prices v. Dallas Mavericks

Event City Date Avg. Price
NBA Finals: Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat – Game 1 Miami 5/31/2011 $453.79
NBA Finals: Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat – Game 2 Miami 6/2/2011 $527.12
NBA Finals: Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat – Game 6 Miami 6/12/2011 $565.76

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