Report: Cavaliers sell out season tickets after LeBron James announces return
The Cavaliers sold out the slightly more than 12,000-seat allotment they capped season-ticket sales at on Friday, less than eight hours after LeBron James announced he was coming back to Cleveland, according to ESPN.com's Darren Rovell.
The Cavs' Quicken Loans Arena has a capacity of 20,562, which leaves about 8,000 tickets per game for group sales and ticket plans, according to Rovell.
Writes Rovell: "Shortly before 12:30 p.m. ET [on Friday], when James' decision was revealed, the Cavaliers' ticket phone lines were so jammed that the team began rerouting lines in the office to be used for ticket sales. The Cavaliers sell season tickets only over the phone.
"Prior to Friday, fans who were interested in buying season tickets had to put down a deposit of $200 per seat. Once James announced his intentions, the Cavaliers upped the deposit to a flat $500 fee, which would come out cheaper than the previous required deposit if someone ordered more than two tickets."
The Cavaliers were 16th in the NBA last season in average home attendance at 17,329 per game, according to ESPN.com.
- Chris Mascaro