December 11, 2008
Nets host Knicks, but attract modest crowd
Atlantic Yards Report
With an announced attendance of 16,722, the Izod Center was allegedly 83.7% full (capacity 19,968) for the game last night between the New Jersey Nets and the New York Knicks.
Well, I was there, and saw scads of empty seats--I'd estimate the arena was at best 60% full--and this with a good number of Knicks fans, happy with the team's come-from-behind victory. (See empty upper deck seats here and here.)
That's part of why Forest City Enterprises is absorbing $22.4 million in losses from the Nets this year. It's also why, despite Forest City's claim that it can proceed with Atlantic Yards at its own pace (assuming litigation is cleared), it must be feeling the pressure.
NoLandGrab: LeBron James was not watching, as he and his Cleveland Cavaliers were busy winning their 10th straight game, running their record to 19-3. The chances of the Nets signing LBJ in 2010 are looking slimmer and slimmer.
Posted by eric at December 11, 2008 9:51 AM