Tickets Remain Affordable for Fans of Stars and Mavericks

Written By TJ McBride on May 23, 2024
Dallas Mavericks crowd signifying home game prices during conference finals for Mavs and Stars

The hunt for a championship is heating up for not one Texas professional sports team but two.

The Dallas Mavericks, after overcoming the Oklahoma City Thunder to reach the Western Conference Finals, take on the Minnesota Timberwolves for a shot at the NBA Finals.

The Dallas Stars, top team in the west, battle the Edmonton Oilers for a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup.

How much will it cost to see the Mavs or Stars in their conference finals?

Of course, playoff tickets are never cheap. That’s especially true in the conference finals, which both the Stars and Mavericks have made it into. The American Airlines Center will host both series.

We’ve used the team website for both the Mavs and Stars to source ticket prices. Third-party sites may offer better prices, but as those prices fluctuate significantly as game time approaches, we’ve left them off.

Mavericks vs. Timberwolves

The Mavericks are the lower seed in the Western Conference Finals, so they will play at home only three times if the series goes seven games. Only Game 3 and Game 4 are certain to take place at American Airlines Center, so only tickets for those games are available through the Mavericks website.

The cheapest ticket price available is for Game 4 on Tuesday, May 28. If a fan buys a pair of tickets, the cheapest option is $204 per ticket before fees and taxes. That will give two fans access to Section 301, which is behind the basketball hoop in the top deck. For Game 3 on Sunday, May 26, the least expensive option is $239 a ticket.

That’s still pretty affordable for a playoff game.

Inversely, the most expensive ticket price for Game 3 and Game 4 is $16,000 for front-row seats on the baseline.

Stars vs. Oilers

The Stars begin the Western Conference Finals on May 23 at home against the Oilers. If the series goes all seven games, the Stars will be home for four of them.

The Stars have some of the cheapest NHL playoff tickets in the country, and the same holds true for the Conference Finals.

If fans want to attend for the cheapest possible price, there are two tickets available for Game 1 at $113 apiece. They will be in Section 303, the top deck in the corner on the side of the ice where the Oilers will shoot twice.

For Game 2, the cheapest option increases due to the Saturday prime-time puck drop. There are a pair of tickets for $145 each in Section 322, again, in the third deck in the corner of the arena. But this time on the side of the ice where the Stars will shoot twice.

If a Stars fan decided to go all out and get the best seats available, it would cost them $850 each to sit in the second row at center ice in Section 106. For Game 2, the price jumps up to $1,075.

Schedules for home games

Without getting ahead of ourselves, it’s been a long time since either Dallas team has won a league championship. The Mavericks exacted revenge on the Miami Heat in 2011 to win the NBA Finals, the team’s lone title. The Heat had defeated the Mavs in the Finals in 2006.

The Dallas Stars hoisted the Stanley Cup once in 1999. They beat the Buffalo Sabers in six games. They made it to the NHL Finals the next year as well but fell to the New Jersey Devils in six. The Stars lost again in the Stanley Cup Finals during COVID to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Returning to the current conference finals, here is the home schedule for the Mavericks with dates and tipoff times, which are subject to change:

  • Game 3: Sunday, May 26, 7 p.m.
  • Game 4: Tuesday, May 28, 7:30 p.m.
  • Game 6 if necessary): Saturday, June 1, 7:30 p.m.

The Stars enjoy home-ice advantage and will host four of the possible seven games in Dallas. Here is the home schedule:

  • Game 1: Thursday, May 23, 7:30 p.m.
  • Game 2: Saturday, May 25, 7 p.m.
  • Game 5 (if necessary): Friday, May 31; TBD
  • Game 7 (if necessary): Tuesday, June 4; TBD
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T.J. McBride is a writer and reporter based in Denver, Colorado who covers the Denver Nuggets as a beat writer and the current gaming landscape in Texas. His byline can be found across many websites such as ESPN, FiveThirtyEight, Bleacher Report, and others.

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