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Izod Center visitor: "fan experience... a joke"

Well, it's interesting to see that I'm not the only one who finds the Izod Center a little too noisy/flashy and thinks there's a big discrepancy between announced attendance and actual gate count.

Boston Celtics fan Steve Weinman, a Long Islander who looks positively on a Brooklyn arena, wrote on the Celtics blog about attending the game Wednesday between the New Jersey Nets and the Memphis Grizzlies. The headline: Fan Experience At IZOD a Joke.

Some excerpts:
Forgetting the fact that the East Rutherford arena is located in the less-than-optimally-accessible Meadowlands complex, the experience inside is a mess... It's hard to imagine there were anywhere close to the reported 11,552 observers at the arena last night as 6,000 seemed a generous estimate... The possibility of being left to one's own thoughts during a break in the action is all but none. Until the game's final television timeout at the 2:14 mark in the fourth quarter, we were constantly bombarded with either the underwhelming Nets Dancers or some odd gimmicks that involved contestants engaging in any number of confusing behaviors,

And he got free tickets, too.

On NetsDaily, some agreed with him, some said they were still hoping for Brooklyn, and some pointed to the arena already open in Newark. Others noted that such a weekday game was bound to draw a small crowd.