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How Thunder Became Hottest Ticket in NBA
CNBC.com | June 11, 2012 | 10:31 AM EDT

When the Seattle Supersonics moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder, there likely wasn’t a single person who would have predicted that the team would become the hottest ticket in the NBA.

But that’s exactly what has happened.

Tickets on the secondary market have soared for the Thunder all season and the NBA Finals is no exception.

StubHub reports that tickets to Game 1 and Game 2 on Tuesday and Thursday in Oklahoma City are selling for an average of $708 and $827 a ticket, respectively. Compare that to Miami, whose Game 3 and 4 on Saturday and Tuesday are selling for an average of $617 and $472 a ticket.

Sure, Miami’s American Airlines Arena has about 1,400 more seats in its arena compared to Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena, but the price differential has to do with much more than that.

First of all, there’s obviously not the same amount of entertainment options in Oklahoma City as there is in Miami. That makes the Thunder basketball game pretty much the only place to be.

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