I don’t think anybody would suggest that going to a professional sporting event is ‘cheap’, but the Sacramento Kings do happen to be one of the more family friendly teams in the league in relations to cost – this according to NerdWallet.com.
The website put together a study (which they were kind enough to pass along to me) which ranked the affordability of home games around the league, or ‘TFC’ (Total Family Cost) as they call it. In short, the study determines how affordable an NBA game in each arena is for a family of four.
Sacramento found themselves in the middle of the pack (though the disparity quickly escalates after the top fifteen), ranking 13th in terms of TFC, just pennies behind the Utah Jazz:
Sacramento almost lost its NBA team this past year when a possible relocation to Seattle was ultimately rejected. With new ownership (who paid an NBA record $535 million to acquire the team) and renewed spirits, the franchise looks to rebuild towards success. The Kings’ TFC of $347 is 13th lowest in the league and is about $100 less than the NBA average. Moreover, beer, hot dog and parking costs are all lower than average so Sacramento families can definitely optimize their live game experience by hunting for value tickets on the resale market throughout the season.
As expected, small market teams tend to dominate the top half of the study as they need to be the most family friendly while large market teams like the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers were deemed the least affordable.
You can view the entire study and rankings by clicking here.