Although not opening it up at home until Saturday night — where the main draw will be the pre-tip projection — the 76ers season begins on the road tomorrow in Indianapolis against the injury-ridden Indiana Pacers. The two jilted former-lovers of Evan Turner (“We are never ever, ever getting back together,” both teams happily told E.T.) will meet with depleted lineups across the board. Fans will enter the Bankers Life Fieldhouse to see a Pacers starting lineup that will include Luis Scola, Donald Sloan, and C.J. Miles as they face off against an almost full-strength Sixers starting five consisting of Nerlens Noel, Tony Wroten, Henry Sims, and maybe Luc Mbah a Moute, maybe K.J. McDaniels. And they can catch all of that for under $5.
As pointed out by Time magazine, the NBA (especially in cities where the teams are less than great) has trouble filling the stands, which brings the secondary market price way down on tickets. For the Sixers’ home opener, the get in the door price at the Wells Fargo Center hovers around $30 (for now), while the Pacers’ home debut can be caught for as little as $4.95. There are 369 tickets currently available for under $10 at the Pacers opener, which is a likely frequent occurrence at the WFC this year. It may be a new feeling for the Pacers but the 76ers, who saw lots of low attendance numbers last season, remember it all too well.