The Knicks-Nets season opener on November 1 is a pretty big deal. The debut game between two playoff-hopeful outfits would be a hot ticket no matter what, but with the added layer of this being the first-ever regular-season game in Barclays Center and the first matchup in what a lot of people are hyping up to be the next big rivalry, things are getting slightly ridiculous.
If you're the type of person who reads about all of the intrigue surrounding the game and wishes to buy a ticket, well, you'd better also be the type of person willing to drop a few hundred dollars to watch Chris Copeland play basketball from very far away. These tickets are COSTLY. From Rich Calder of the Post:
The $800.87 average game-day price is already up 18.59 percent from $675.31 on Oct. 1, and it’s six times higher than what an average Nets ticket runs at face value, $132.
The Nets-Knicks game is running as high as $8,100 for courtside seats normally priced for $1,500, and the cheapest seats were selling for $217.
Good Lord. Calder points out that those average prices even exceed the value of a Knicks ticket during the absolute zenith of "Linsanity." One wonders what the value of each ticket will be as a piece of memorabilia, say, 50 years from now.
Whether ticket holders get their money's worth from the rivalry remains to be seen, but we're certainly past the days of Knicks fans waiting for the away games at the Nets to buy cheap tickets.