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Knicks ticket prices to jump average 49 percent next season

Mar 11, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

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Apparently the economy is turning around in New York City.

Because the cost of seeing the new and improved New York Knicks will be a lot higher next year — the average seat price is going up by 49 percent, as the New York Post reports.

MSG sports president Scott O’Neil is scheduled to meet with a raft of season-ticket holders today for a presentation on the new benefits that come with the significantly higher new prices.

As it is, the Knicks are ranked second in average ticket price at $88. That figure is second to the Lakers, whose average price is $113, according to Forbes.

Certainly there are things to pay for at Madison Square Garden. Not so much the Knicks, which had a higher payroll three years ago when they were a disaster on the court than they do now (even with Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony).

The big cost is the upgrades to the Garden itself, a $700 million expenditure if they get of cheap.

Still, in any economy, for any product, that is one serious price jump. But if the demand is there — and the Knicks have sold out 29 of 31 home dates so far — they may well do this and not feel much of an effect at all. Spike Lee will probably pay it.

  1. denverhoopdreams - Mar 11, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    The best part of this picture is NeNe thinking, “Amare, my knees are going to last longer than yours, just you wait and see.”

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 11, 2011 at 7:13 PM

      If that is what you believe, okay, but we have Melo too.

      • denverhoopdreams - Mar 12, 2011 at 1:50 PM

        What does Melo have to do with the picture? I love Amare, he’s one of my favorite big men… The point was a silly caption for the picture.

  2. helinhater - Mar 11, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Kurt – Shouldn’t you be making a snide comment about how the Knicks are raising ticket prices because they’re still paying off Anucha Brown Sanders?

    Oh, that’s right, it’s not a Bulls post…

    • mytthor - Mar 11, 2011 at 11:08 PM

      Dude. Your screen name is based on your dislike for the writer? Is someone forcing you to read? Look at your life, look at your choices.

  3. dolphinphan - Mar 11, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    imagine knicks had lebron, what would the garden have charged then?

  4. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 11, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    you gotta pay the cost to watch the boss………….

  5. virusgvr - Mar 11, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    Boss who??? What are you blathering about rapmusicmademedoit?

    • denverhoopdreams - Mar 12, 2011 at 1:50 PM

      He’s talking about Melo… you know… that guy that doesn’t play defense or team basketball.

  6. dysraw1 - Mar 13, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    these sports that are consider past times, have become past times for the wealthy,the poor r being priced out. when i was a younger man, i use 2 get off work, and if i had 7bucks i go to the knick game.thats ok,we survived guliannie &we will survive bloomie 2 my people r so amazing that if a pack of cigs cost a million dollars we would have like 9009700 & be like 3 dollars short

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