Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, has his photo taken with fans during the second half of Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oakland on Monday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Sports fandom in the Bay comes at a hefty price

Don’t let Bernie Sanders’ presence fool you, getting into Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena was not for the thrifty.

The cheapest ticket available on the team’s official resale website a couple hours before tipoff Monday was $358. At that price — and distance — you’re best off explaining what the game sounded like. Slightly better tickets, all in the upper deck, were going for as much as $1,000.

And if you wanted to sit anywhere near E-40, you could’ve spent as much as $4,422 a pop.

Irrationally confident fans who bought their seats before the Dubs even ensured a Game 7 weren’t given a discount either. According to Vivid Seats, the cost just to get in the door was $360 on May 27, the day before Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Stephen Curry saved the season with an incredible five-minute stretch in the fourth quarter.

Last year’s NBA Finals were the most expensive average cost of admission for any of the last five championship rounds. This year projects to be even more costly, as online ticket price aggregator TiqIQ reports the cheapest seats for a potential Game 1 at Oracle would cost $764 — compared to $362 if the Thunder had won and the series started in Cleveland.

No telling how much higher prices will jump when the Warriors move into their new home in Mission Bay in 2019.

Meanwhile, sports fans with slimmer budgets can’t even turn to the NHL to fulfill their championship fix. Tickets to Game 3 at SAP Center in San Jose start at $880, according to TiqIQ.

Which is funny, because the price to get into Game 2 in Pittsburgh is starting at $272, when the Penguins averaged 100.9 percent (sixth-best) attendance during the regular season to the Sharks’ 95 percent, which ranked 22 of the 30 teams in the league.

Talk about a yuuge difference in cost of living.

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