Battle for position

Cleveland Cavaliers fans fill a parking garage to try to get a look at the large-screen TV sets at a watch party at Quicken Loans Arena, also known as The Q in Ohio, the United States, during the NBA Championship Game 7 played in California on Sunday.

Tickets to the watch party inside The Q sold out within a minute after they went on sale on Friday, and again after another watch party in the plaza outside was added.

But that did not stop these fans, who managed to find an advantageous position, to support their home team, who made history by defeating the Golden State Warriors to win their first NBA title.

About 20,000 fans watched the game inside the Oracle Arena where it was played. The cheapest tickets advertised cost around US$700 (S$940) each, according to CNBC.

One fan paid more than US$100,000 for two tickets to watch the game, reported the New York Post. He bought the courtside seats for US$50,000 apiece, but with sales fees added, the final total was about US$116,000, said ticket site StubHub's spokesman Glenn Lehrman. "It's the most expensive non-suite ticket in our history," said Mr Lehrman.

The buyer was not identified but he is supposed to be "well-known".


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 21, 2016, with the headline 'Battle for position'. Subscribe