Tickets for Paris Basketball’s first fixture at Adidas Arena on February 11 have gone on sale with prices ranging from €32 (£27/$35) to €110.
The team will welcome Saint-Quentin in the Pro A league, the top tier of men’s basketball in France, for the pair’s second meeting of the season.
“Adidas Arena, with its configuration made for basketball, will really guarantee that all the seats benefit from perfect visibility and proximity to the floor. We worked to best define the prices based
on the matches,” said deputy general director of Paris Basketball Mathias Priez.
“The opening night on February 11 is like a gala match for us because it is an event that many are waiting for, and for which we will reserve surprises.”
Paris Basketball is aiming to make tickets affordable for future matches after stating that 65% of tickets will be available for under €25.
Despite this, several fans voiced their displeasure at the cost of watching the match against Saint-Quentin.
“The rates are a joke,” one commented.
“Starting from €32 for a match vs Saint-Quentin? Either more expensive than the All Star Game or the Coupe de France final.”
Another said: “Price = death of the club.”
Paris Basketball was established in 2018 and formerly played at the Halle Georges Carpentier in the 13th arrondissement.
Adidas Arena has a capacity of 8,000 for sporting events and 9,000 for concerts and shows.
It is due to stage badminton and rhythmic gymnastics competitions at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games this summer, before Para badminton and powerlifting at the Paralympics, also in the capital.
Following the Games, the venue is also set to host PSG Handball for its bigger matches.
“The festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will continue after the match against Saint-Quentin with many surprises in store,” read a Paris Basketball statement on the arena’s February 11 debut.
“Come experience the inauguration of one of the most beautiful European halls, for one of the most important days in the history of Paris Basketball.”