Where to Buy Cheap LA Lakers Game Tickets

by Paul Joseph  |  Updated December 12, 2023

The recently renamed Arena (formerly the Staples Center) is home to the Los Angeles Lakers and is located in the highly accessible LA downtown.

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The Lakers are part of the NBA’s Western Conference and are one of five teams in the Pacific Division. The Lakers have made the playoffs 62 times between their inception in 1948 as a Minneapolis-based team and the 2021 – 2022 season. Seventeen-time champions, the team once dubbed “Showtime” are tied with rivals the Boston Celtics for the most championships in NBA history. Their other rivals include the Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, and San Antonio Spurs.

Surrounded by 11 statues of famous athletes from a variety of sports, the Arena houses the Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers plus the NHL’s Kings, WNBA Sparks, and the AFL Avengers. With construction starting in 1997, the 950,000 sq. ft., $375 million project created 19,067 seats for basketball fans. Most of those seats are in the “lower bowl” and include 2,500 club seats. Fans who want seats to a game have options ranging from discount tickets to luxury suites. Currently, the venue includes 160 luxury suites on three different levels. Besides being home to other sports franchises, Arena hosts hundreds of events attended by nearly 4 million guests each year. The space is a venue for the 2028 Summer Olympics.

Single Game Tickets

Lakers fans can get single-game tickets by either contacting the box office, purchasing from the club via AXS, or using the Lakers Ticket Exchange—the official fan-to-fan resale marketplace. Browsing for available tickets is easy either by a stadium map or by selecting a desired price range. Once choosing a seating section available seats appear as blue dots. Tickets purchased through AXS use the AXS Mobile ID, a secure and unique code accessible through the Laker Mobile app. No paper tickets are required and tickets using AXS Mobile ID are not able to be resold.

The Lakers Ticket Exchange offers Verified Resale Tickets. The online process is powered by Ticketmaster. Browsing for available tickets is easy either via a stadium map, which highlights available tickets, or by selecting a desired price range. Fans can search for single or multiple tickets to most games. After finding the perfect seat confirm the selection and the timed checkout process will begin. Select your country and verify mobile ticketing—tickets go to your phone or an app. To enter the Arena, guests can show the AXS Mobile ID from the Lakers Mobile App or simply swipe the originating credit card used for the AXS purchase at the door. To use resold digital tickets visit the Ticketmaster website or mobile app. From the account pull down menu select My Tickets. Click on the event for further details. Once the event is selected ticketholders can view the ticket barcode. When viewed in the app, tickets are instantly saved to the phone. This is a smart way to avoid delays if network connections are busy at the stadium.

How much are Lakers tickets? Cost depends on how you want to view the game. The most affordable tickets are in the upper levels and can start at around $75 each. The Lakers Ticket Exchange may offer tickets at a lower cost where seats in some upper sections start at approximately $40. For many games, the prized seats are close to the action with front row seats fetching up to and over $2,500.00 each. The most expensive regular seats are courtside.

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Special and Group Tickets

One great way to experience a Lakers game is as a group of 20 or more. Information about group tickets can be found on the official Lakers website. Group ticket requests are fulfilled through a lottery after completing an online form. After a random drawing of all requests winners are contacted via email with seating options and purchasing information. All group tickets seats are in the 300-level and include a message on the side dashboards. Additionally, an Event Suite can accommodate larger groups up to 132 people.

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Where to Park

There are 11 organization-run parking lots at the arena and 16 electric vehicle charging stations are available in the East and West garages. SW is the VIP lot and offers the closest parking to the game. The next closest parking area is the Lot 1 garage, but all lots are within easy walking distance to Arena. Parking fees typically cost between $15 and $25.