Cha-ching! Tickets to see LeBron in action soar to $800

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Ticket prices for LeBron James’ homecoming game have jumped higher than even he can.

Seats for the Cavaliers’ home opener are up more than 1,000% from last year, to about $800 a pop.

Ticket prices for the opener of the team he left, the Miami Heat, are now ice cold.

James signed with the Cavs as a free agent in July, returning to the team he left in 2010. Fans who were furious with him for leaving Ohio are now paying top dollar to welcome him back.

The average price for the team’s home opener Thursday is $827, up from a mere $56 a year ago, according to the online ticket site StubHub. Those tickets are selling for an average of $776, according to ticket search engine Seat Geek.

Meanwhile, seats at the Miami Heat’s opener Wednesday are going for just $88, down 70% from a year ago, when the team was the defending its NBA championship.

Prices for the Cavs’ entire season have jumped also, up 67% from last year to an average of $166, according to StubHub.

Thursday’s game is by far the most expensive Cleveland event in recent memory. The playoff game for the Cleveland Indians last year went for an average of $146 on StubHub, while the Cavaliers’ last playoff game in 2010 went for an about $242.

Fans paid about $111 to see the Cleveland Browns’ home opener this year, even though there was great excitement after the team drafted quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Be sure to tune to FOX 8 News in the morning Thursday for our LIVE coverage from the "Q." We will have one-on-one interviews with coach David Blatt and Kyrie Irving.


FOX 8 will take you behind-the-scenes to the Cavs training facility and Wayne, Stefani and Kristi also take to the court to show off their basketball skills.

All the fun kicks off Thursday morning at 6 a.m. LIVE from the "Q" and the excitement continues the rest of the day as we countdown to the home opener!

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