Game 1 of NBA Finals does not sell out

If you notice empty seats at Oakland’s Oracle Arena during Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals, there’s a simple reason. The Game did not sell out.

Minutes before the game, Darren Rovell of ESPN reported that roughly 400 seats went unsold.

No doubt, there are different reasons for this. Certainly, the tickets are not cheap. That could also be a factor. Additionally, a 6 p.m. local time start isn’t exactly ideal for a live crowd.

Still, this is quite surprising. It’s certainly not the look that the NBA, Golden State Warriors, or even Cleveland Cavaliers were looking for. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues through the series.