If you watched a playoff game at Oracle Arena on TV or were lucky enough to grab seats for a game, you quickly found out that the Golden State Warriors‘ faithful are unlike any other fanbase in the league.
Through thick and thin — mostly thin — fans have poured into Oracle Arena on a nightly basis, and they were rewarded with a highly successful 2012-2013 campaign that saw the Warriors nearly reach the Western Conference Finals.
So, it’s no surprise that the team has already sold a record amount of season tickets for the 2013-2014 season — 13,400 to be exact, and they plan on capping the limit when the number hits 15,000. That means a little less than 5,000 tickets will be available for individual games at Oracle Arena, which can seat up to 19,596.
The San Francisco Business Times reports that at this point last year, the Warriors had sold just 9,600 season tickets.
“Now we’re asking at what number do we cap season ticket sales,” said team president Rick Welts. “That is not a discussion we would have had two years ago.”
The Warriors ranked fifth in the league last season in attendance, averaging 19,373 fans per game, filling the stadium to 98.9 percent capacity. Despite having just three winning seasons since 2006, the team has ranked in the top half of the league in attendance every single year.
It is great that the Warriors are finally giving their fanbase the team that they deserve, and the fans will surely be treated to some great basketball next season.