Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A college basketball tourney at Barclays. A "very sparse crowd."

From Tim Bontemps in the Washington Post, Ben Simmons has assumed the mantle of the NBA’s next great hope:
For the 51 NBA scouts and personnel executives in attendance — a significant portion of the very sparse crowd that partially filled Barclays Center’s lower bowl Monday night — it was a glimpse of what [LSU's Ben] Simmons, an Australian who is projected to be one of the top picks in the 2016 NBA draft, is capable of.
So how many people attended the FanDuel Legends Classic last night? The overall attendance was not reported.

Yes, it was a cold night. And a Monday night a few days before a holiday. And maybe the problems with FanDuel, a big-spending fantasy sports site that suspended its New York operations in the wake of a cease-and-desist order from New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, played a part.

I wondered if the price was too high. For tonight, the final day of the two-day tournaments, seats--lower-bowl seats--start at $15.00, as noted in the graphic at left.

This seems suggest that seats should be $5, or $10, (and without service charge).

Then again, at some point, the increase in revenue triggers an increase in staff. And low-spending fans may not spend much at the concessions.

The creative team behind the Barclays Center is surely thinking about it. Maybe we'll see discounts tickets bundled with a modest amount of food and beverage credit, which then triggers more concessions spending. They're already doing something like that with the New York Islanders.

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