Courtside in basketball is the area around the actual court. In that area, there are famous courtside seats. Sitting courtside means you're sitting as close as you can to all the action of a basketball game. Courtside refers to sitting just behind the player benches on the sidelines. People sitting courtside have their feet on the court. Those fans also get some perks such as special parking, access to special clubs and suites, and not to mention the unmatching view of the game. However, courtside seats come with a few rules and a hefty price. In the picture below, the courtside area where the courtside seats are located is in blue.
There are courtside seats at all levels of basketball, however high profile college basketball games and NBA playoff games are the most sought after courtside seats. Ticket prices will vary depending on the franchise, what is the matchup, where on the court are the seats, and also if it is a playoff or high profile game, as said before. Nonetheless, courtside tickets are never cheap. It is hard to find a courtside seat selling for anything below 1500 dollars, but that price can go way, way up.
Sitting courtside is a big deal because it brings the attendee of the game much closer to the action. Fans are able to hear conversations between players, coaches, and referees alike. People in the courtside seats can expect to be on television and the big screen several times, and also go to the game knowing that there is a possibility a player might jump over them to grab a loose ball, spilling their drinks and snacks around the court? However, that is all part of the fun.
People sitting courtside are wealthy, famous, or lucky, and sometimes all three at the same time! Teams can invite celebrities to sit courtside on their games to elevate their relationship with fame. The opposite is also true; a celebrity might seat courtside on a game to raise attention from the media. The Los Angeles Lakers' home games always have known celebrities sitting courtside. Owners, their families, and close friends are also some of the people who sit courtside, like Steve Ballmer, Clippers owner, who is at all home games. In addition, big companies might invite prospective clients and faithful employees to sit on the company-owned courtside seats.
With all the benefits that come with sitting close to the action, there are also several spoken and unspoken rules. Fans sitting courtside can be asked to leave the arena if violating any rules and fans can also get ejected by the referees. Those very special attendees cannot:
During the 2019 NBA Finals, a Golden State Warriors fan sitting courtside in pushed Toronto Raptors' point guard Kyle Lowry while screaming profanities to him, making the all-star player and soon to be NBA champion very upset. The fan was quickly ejected from the game and banned from attending any games of the following NBA season.