Everything around Kobe’s final game was pricey. Anyone even remotely associated with him or the team, in just about any capacity, had the opportunity to cash in. Tickets to the game were outrageous and ad prices probably spiked as well.
During the game, Staples Center sold a whopping $1.2 million-worth of Kobe Bryant merchandise. That’s an industry record these types of sales.
As you can image, if you were lucky enough to be in the building, you surely wanted to buy something so that you remember that night and use it as a conversation piece. And Kobe didn’t disappoint, as he went out in true Kobe fashion. He put on a show that we’ll all remember for a while.
On Wednesday alone, the Staples Center sold $1.2 million worth of Kobe merchandise, Sean Ryan, AEG vice president of merchandise told ESPN. Ryan said that’s a single-day sales record for any arena in the world.
The previous record, Ryan said, was set by Led Zeppelin, who sold $1 million worth of merchandise in London at the O2 Arena on Dec. 10, 2007, the group’s first full-length concert in three decades.