Exterior photo of the Staples Center, Home of the Los Angeles Lakers 

The 'Fan Cost Index' is the amount of money a family of four could expect to spend at an NBA game. It fluctuates from season to season, varies by team and city and is calculated from a number of factors. First, you take the price of 4 average-priced NBA season tickets, the two cheapest draft beers, the four cheapest soft drinks, four regular sized hot dogs, parking for one car, two game programs and two adult hats from the team's gift shop. Add all of those numbers together and you've got yourself the total fan cost index. 

 

Here is how all 30 NBA teams stacked up against each for the previous NBA season (2013-2014). As you can see, the two wealthiest NBA franchises had the highest total fan cost index for the past two seasons (New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers). Three of the leagues newest members battled for the cheapest NBA experience; the Memphis Grizzlies, Charlotte Bobcats and New Orleans Pelicans.

 

2013-2014

Team

Average Ticket Price

Average Beer Price

Average Price for Parking

Total Fan Cost Index

1. New York Knicks

$129.38

$8.75

$30.00

$659.92

2. Los Angeles Lakers

$102.25

$8.50

$25.00

$542.00

3. Miami Heat

$78.30

$8.00

$35.00

$472.20

4. Chicago Bulls

$77.65

$7.50

$25.00

$456.60

5. Boston Celtics

$72.64

$8.25

$38.00

$434.96

6. Los Angeles Clippers

$65.55

$8.50

$25.00

$395.20

7. Brooklyn Nets

$60.50

$8.50

$17.00

$382.00

8. Phoenix Suns

$57.23

$9.00

$12.00

$344.92

9. San Antonio Spurs

$57.25

$5.00

$15.00

$339.00

10. Houston Rockets

$57.15

$7.25

$15.00

$336.06

NBA League Average

$52.50

$7.41

$16.81

$326.60

11. Golden State Warriors

$44.27

$7.00

$25.00

$324.08

12. Toronto Raptors

$48.70

$6.98

$19.19

$321.63

13. Dallas Mavericks

$51.80

$6.00

$20.00

$321.18

14. Denver Nuggets

$53.15

$6.75

$10.00

$319.10

15. Milwaukee Bucks

$47.70

$6.25

$18.00

$309.30

16. Portland Trail Blazers

$51.30

$7.00

$13.00

$308.18

17. Oklahoma City Thunder

$51.35

$5.00

$10.00

$295.40

18. Utah Jazz

$44.50

$7.50

$10.00

$280.98

19. Minnesota Timberwolves

$35.50

$9.50

$15.00

$273.98

20. Cleveland Cavaliers

$43.31

$7.25

$10.00

$271.74

21. Sacramento Kings

$43.32

$7.00

$10.00

$268.28

22. Philadelphia 76ers

$39.25

$8.25

$12.00

$266.40

23. Orlando Magic

$39.40

$5.75

$10.00

$263.10

24. Detroit Pistons

$40.10

$9.00

$10.00

$262.40

25. Washington Wizards

$30.31

$8.00

$20.00

$249.22

26. Atlanta Hawks

$35.26

$7.50

$10.00

$240.04

27. Indiana Pacers

$31.62

$7.25

$10.00

$227.36

28. Memphis Grizzlies

$30.04

$7.50

$15.00

$212.16

29. New Orleans Pelicans

$26.87

$7.00

$15.00

$208.48

30. Charlotte Bobcats

$29.27

$6.50

$5.00

$203.06

 

 

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