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December 19, 2008

In Some N.B.A. Arenas, the Crowds Are Thin

The NY Times
By Howard Beck

Over all, N.B.A. attendance is flat — about a half-percent higher than at this point last season on a per-game basis. Cumulatively, arenas are at about 89 percent of capacity, on par with last season.

Given the recession, league officials are actually encouraged. They do not expect a significant increase or a significant decrease in attendance this season.

Still, it is hard to ignore the thousands of empty seats at Arco Arena and Conseco Fieldhouse, or anecdotal reports that things are worse than the official numbers indicate. (N.B.A. teams report attendance based on tickets distributed, not turnstile counts. The latter figure is not publicly available.)


NoLandGrab: Tickets "distributed," not even sold, which likely means that hundreds or even thousands of people who are getting free or deeply discounted Nets tickets aren't bothering to go.

Though the article briefly surveys the league, it's no shocker that Times business partner and NJ Nets owner Bruce Ratner gets a complete pass.

For commentary on NJ Nets attendance, you have to check out the NY Daily News, The Star-Ledger, and most recently, Atlantic Yards Report.

Posted by lumi at December 19, 2008 4:47 AM