Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki drawing big numbers for final home game

Dirk Nowitzki is less than a month away from playing his final game at American Airlines Center, and it’s going to cost fans big money to see it in person.

According to the Dallas Morning News, secondary market ticket prices for that April 9 game against the Suns are at record levels for a Mavericks regular-season game with price tags of $145 for an upper-deck seat to $7,875 for a VIP courtside seat.

When informed of the inflated cost, the Mavs star expressed gratitude for his supporters.

“That is a lot of money,” Nowitzki said. “That’s awesome, though. That means people want to come to that game. It’s amazing to hear about the support.” communications manager Chris Leyden noted the prices could continue to climb over the next few weeks.

“This is the most in-demand regular season Mavs game that we have ever seen, with an average resale price of $287,” Leyden said. “For comparison you can see Dirk just six nights earlier against the Timberwolves for an average of $62, so fans really are most interested in being there for the literal final game.

“As a comparison, Dwyane Wade’s final game in Miami has an average resale price of $292, so a pretty similar amount of demand.”

With the 40-year-old’s appearance in Friday’s loss to the Magic, Nowitzki passed John Stockton for third all-time in games played with 1,505.

The 14-time All-Star also sits in the top 10 all-time in points (7th), top 20 in 3-pointers made (11th) and top 30 in rebounds (27th).