In what one can only assume is the celebration of Bucks center Miroslav Raduljica and All-Star James Harden of the visiting Houston Rockets; the Bucks will host their first (and hopefully annual) beard night during their game this Saturday. The first 500 bearded fans that visit the Remington’s booth at the BMO Harris Bradley Center will receive a free “#GameBeard” T-shirt that eerily resembles the aforementioned Harden and five fans with the best beards will be selected to sit courtside for the second half of the game. The Bucks have not issued a statement if only men are applicable.
According to secondary market trackers TiqIQ, Bucks tickets for the game currently start at $12. Average price is $64, which is 28% higher than the Bucks home average of $50. While it’s fun to think this premium is directly attributed to beard night, the fact that it is the lone visit of Harden, former defensive player of the year Dwight Howard and the globally-recognized Jeremy Lin is more likely the cause. Lower Level tickets for the game can be had for $34.
With an off-season that saw Brandon Jennings leave for division rival Detroit, OJ Mayo struggle to be a number 1 scoring option and the Bucks key acquisition Brandon Knight suffering an injury during the first game of the season, the average price of Bucks tickets has fallen every month since the beginning of the season and are the cheapest NBA tickets this season. While the on-court product is certainly not reminiscent of the Oscar Robertson, Lew Alcindor, or Ray Allen days, innovative theme nights and giveaways (kids will also get a free bike light at Saturday’s game) along with inexpensive tickets will certainly help fill seats while the team front office awaits the opportunity to don consensus #1 pick Andrew Wiggins with hunter green and red.