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April 23, 2012

No discounts for loyalty: in move to Brooklyn, the cost of tickets for the Nets rises two to four times (in some cases)

Atlantic Yards Report

New Jersey Nets fans, thanks for your 35 years of loyal support — and don't let the door hit your a***s on the way out.

Tonight is the Nets' last game in New Jersey, and amid the numerous articles that recount the highs and lows of the era, there are a few nuggets. From the Times:

Mr. [Paul] Zarrillo, who spent two years on the Fan Advisory Board, said his season tickets went from $29 a game to $115 in Brooklyn. Another fan said he decided not to renew his season tickets after the price spiked from $1,600 for a 21-game package in Newark to $10,000 for a 41-game package in Brooklyn. No discounts for loyalty. Or for gas and tolls.

From the Star-Ledger:

Alfonso Cottle of Somerset said that over the last two seasons, he and his brother, Christopher, had spent roughly $2,500 on a half-season ticket plan. He said the same arrangement would cost them about $10,000 in Brooklyn

If, as Bruce Ratner said last year, the Barclays Center is "largely about the children and youth of Brooklyn," then why is the arena larded with sponsorships, full of luxury suites, and the ticket prices so high?

It's a business, man.

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Posted by eric at April 23, 2012 11:56 AM