If there’s a will, there’s a way. This is the exact lesson University of Texas sophomore Micah Poag used to get his way into the NBA Finals Game 7.
Photoshop and a shit ton of confidence were all it took for Poag to get his way into the Finals game for free when tickets were averaging upwards of $1,000.
Using prior Photoshop experience, he learned from some high school art classes, Poag thought he could use his skills to get into one of the most anticipated sports events of the year. He purchased the plane ticket on Friday night and made the credentials on Saturday morning, a process that wasn’t all too difficult. He told The Ledge he “researched how credentials generally look on google, added some numbers, a barcode, and that was it.”
Despite the process almost making him miss his flight, he was off and headed to Oracle Arena (home of the Golden State Warriors) to see if he could get into in Game 7 of the NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors vs. The Cleveland Cavaliers.
Once at Oracle Arena, after five hours of circling around, he found his point of entrance. There was a window washer who made his way out of the arena. He made casual conversation with the guy. The door that the window washer just came out of was locked, so he tapped the window for security to come open it up. Poag said that when the door opened “the security guard took a quick look at my photoshopped credential and just gave a nod, she didn’t even say anything.”
It became real. Micah Poag was in. After walking past the security guard, she was motioning for him to come back, as she thought twice about the credential that Poag just presented to her, but there was no turning back.
From there, he hid in a men’s bathroom stall and sat on the toilet, pants on the ground for two hours, until he could tell that fans were being let in. Proceeded to buy a Stephen Curry jersey, put it on, threw his oxford button down shirt in the team shop bag, and the rest was history.
Micah Poag never worried that it wasn’t going to work. “Confidence goes a very long way,” he said. “Especially when it involves the human element.” However, he did have a backup plan. “If anything were to happen with security, I was going to say that I was a Junior Reporter or Fan Correspondent for Bleacher Report.” Although, he didn’t think it would come down to that, and he was right.
The whole scheme was flawless. His only regret he said was “not putting all access on the fake credential.” He made it through the first wave of security to get on the court after the end of the game, but the second wave of authorities pointed out that he was restricted because it didn’t say “all access.” He was only feet away from being with all the players.
But, for that to be the only regret of the whole event, I’m sure he’s most certainly okay with how things unfolded. As for what’s next, he’s unsure. But, if he tries something like this again, don’t expect it to be publicized, as in the end it was all done for the love of the game.