Friday, November 02, 2012

What happened to the "2,000" $15 tickets for each Brooklyn Nets game? Well, it looks like a few hundred tickets were sold this morning, for those on Facebook

As I wrote 9/25/12, backers of the Brooklyn Nets, including Borough President Marty Markowitz, arena developer Bruce Ratner, and team/arena CEO Brett Yormark, have made a big deal out of the claimed 2,000 seats that would cost people only $15.

But they've been very hard to get, with some ticket reps even claiming that they were sold out and wouldn't become available.

Some were apparently sold as season tickets, and team spokesman Barry Baum told me, with notable lack of precision, "As we promised there will be $15 seats available for purchase before each game."

Update: The Nets announced 9/10/12:
A limited number of individual tickets starting at $15 each will be made available 72 hours prior to each Brooklyn Nets home game. Details to follow.

Some tickets today

Some--perhaps just 301--$15 seats to the opening night game tomorrow were made available this morning, via the Brooklyn Nets Facebook page, as noted in the screenshot above right. (Of course there was a sponsor attached, this time Modell's.) The announcement was also on Twitter:


However, those tickets sold out very quickly, as noted in comments on that Facebook post. Despite 380 "likes," only some people were successful, with others stymied. One even commented that scalpers and ticket brokers might have gotten the seats; after all, there's still a hot secondary market for the Nets' belated debut.

Pending questions

How many seats were put on sale? Will more be sold?

I queried Baum, but haven't heard back.

Shouldn't some seats be available at the box office or by phone for those who aren't attuned to Facebook?

Will they do it this way for every game? (Presumably for some games, where there's less demand, they will have more $15 tickets.)

Meanwhile, there are tickets available via Ticketmaster--for $55.60, as noted in the screenshot above left. On the resale marketplace, seats on StubHub start at $50, though that price should fluctuate.

Only 301 $15 tickets sold?

From the screenshot below (from here), it looks like only 301 $15 tickets were put up for sale, though that's hardly certain.


If you click through on the Find Tickets button, however, the screen indicates that there are "no group tickets left."

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:26 PM

    I got 2 $15 tickets to Raptors game. Were row 8 in section 214. There are 13 rows in this section so not terrible seats at all!

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