When elite players come into the big stage of Madison Square Garden they want to put on a show. When elite players get the chance to perform on Christmas Day, they want to put on a show.
Kevin Durant put on a show at the expense of the Knicks.
Durant had 29 points on 10-of-16 shooting and got to rest plenty at the end of a Thunder blowout win on Christmas. The best highlight of the game, this half-court alley-oop pass from Russell Westbrook to Durant.
Merry Christmas KD. Hope you enjoyed that present.
The “cheap” seats at Madison Square Garden are about to get less so.
Last year ticket prices for New York Knicks games jumped a whopping 49 percent as the renovation of Madison Square Garden’s lower bowl (combined with a team actually worth seeing) changed the economics of one of the NBA’s legendary buildings. James Dolan could charge more, so he did.
The cheap seats saw an increase, too, but they will see the bulk of this year’s 4.9 percent increase, reports Newsday.
The increases primarily will affect seats in the upper bowl, which will be the focus this coming offseason of the second phase of Madison Square Garden’s three-year renovation.
Among the changes in the upper seating areas will be more amenities and new sightlines created by increasing the incline of the upper bowl by 17 degrees.
Call it supply and demand or the rich getting richer (both are right), but if last year’s price increases didn’t drive away fans no way this one will. Because Jeremy Lin is totally worth it.
Christmas Day the Knicks will take the floor at the renovated Madison Square Garden — and fans are going to pay a premium to see them thanks to finally having a decent team on the court and the upgraded facilities.
But this is ridiculous. From the New York Post (via IamaGM.com).
(Quadriplegic former Brooklyn high school basketball player) Alanzo George learned from a pal who had been treating him to floor tickets that courtside spots set aside for people in wheelchairs at Madison Square Garden soared from around $300 last year to $2,850 this year….
Garden spokesman Barry Watkins said the $300 spots were eliminated as part of the arena’s ongoing $850 million renovation. He said the new floor spots for the disabled are closer to the action than the old ones.
The average ticket price at Knicks games jumped 50 percent, but that increased price comes with the chance to catch an errant pass from point guard Toney Douglas.
Hey, it’s supply and demand and we are cutthroat capitalist society. I get that. But this does seem pretty harsh.