PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – How far would you go to see our Phoenix Suns play in their first NBA Finals games in nearly three decades? What would you do? What would you give up? For one Phoenix fan, the answer was easy. He sold his car to come up with the cash for the hottest tickets in town.
You read that right. Donovan Heykoop, a self-proclaimed die-hard fan, sold his car to buy tickets to this evening’s Game 1 at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Heykoop was born and raised here and went to the University of Arizona. How deep is his love for the Suns? He has rosary candles with pictures of “the three gods” – Deandre Ayton, Devin Booker, and Chris Paul.
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Heykoop was born in 1997, years after the Suns’ last trip to the NBA Finals. (They lost to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in six games, by the way.) He grew up in the Steve Nash era. He even named his childhood dog Nash.
But he’s never seen the Suns in the Finals. When Game 6 of the Playoffs came around, he made a decision – and a pretty big one, at that. He listed his 2007 Nissan Versa for sale on Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist. A few days later, he had an offer for $2,500.
He used that money – almost all of it — to buy two tickets to Game 1. He’s taking a friend from college. They’ll be in section 124, row 22. They’ll probably use public transportation or take an Uber to Talking Stick Resort Arena.
Even though he’s now carless, Heykoop, who works from home, firmly believes it’s worth it. “Cars come and go. Money comes and goes,” he said. “This is very well – potentially — a once in a lifetime experience. I’m just happy to be a part of the culture, and I wanna be one of the people who buys a Suns ticket instead of a Bucks fan coming down and buying one. I think it’s my duty as a fan.”
Games 1 and 2 against the Milwaukee Bucks are on the Suns’ home court this evening and Thursday. Games 3 and 4 are Sunday and next Wednesday at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. The series comes back to Phoenix for Game 5 on Saturday, July 14. If needed, Game 6 will be in Milwaukee on Tuesday, July 20, and Game 7 would be here on July 22.
By the way, one AP sports writer says it’s going to be the Suns in six. Just sayin’.
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