One of the youngest teams in the NBA with an average age of 25.3, the Brooklyn Nets have a wealth of talent that can carry them far into the playoffs over the next few seasons. One of the more recent criticisms is they have yet to learn how to play for a full 48 minutes and close out games after building a sizeable lead. This is not an uncommon problem for younger teams, so fans should be patient, buy a ticket, and cheer on their home team.
The Nets are also young in a different way – they are a recently formed team that is still getting its franchise footing underneath it. Once known as the New Jersey Nets, they moved due to the inability of New Jersey to fully financially support a major league basketball team. The city as a whole will have to be patient with ownership and the players as they continue to find success on and off the court.
Ticket prices are a bit higher than average
One of the factors that affect NBA game ticket prices is the strength and popularity of the opponent. A seat can be had for as little as $26 for a Brooklyn Nets game is an average team is competing. When a premier team comes to town, such as the Golden State Warriors, you can expect to pay 4 or 5 times as much. If you are looking for courtside seats you can expect to pay between $2100 and up for average competition. There are 82 NBA games in a regular season, so ticket prices are lower than an average NFL game. But this is New York City, so the reported average ticket price is about $125 per person.
Concession prices are in the top tier of NBA teams
Brooklyn is one of the only NBA venues where you cannot buy anything larger than a 16 ounce regular soda or a 20 ounce diet soda due to the New York Mayor’s ban on selling oversized soda. That said, you can sidestep the sugar and go for a beer, which will set you back $7.25 a cup. The price of a hot dog matches that of major West Coast teams such as Golden State and Los Angeles – about $6 each. Two people can expect to shell out about $27 for a dog and a beer. There are some interesting food choices, but searching the Internet for pricing information does not lead to any consistent information. You’ll probably have to go there or talk to someone who has gone to get the skinny on it.
Parking prices are above the league average.
After all, you are in New York where everything is a bit higher and taxed at just the right level to keep you asking what you’re paying for. When you add in the taxes, you can expect to pay a minimum of $25 for parking to a single game, and add a 10 minute walk to the price. Closer to the arena will cost you at least twice as much, and in most cases will still require a 5 minute walk.
So on average, you can expect to pay almost $300 for two tickets, two beers, two dogs, and a parking spot. That definitely seems steep compared to the rest of the NBA’s teams, especially when you consider that the Nets have yet to reach the NBA finals.
But the Barclays Center is one of the leagues newest arenas, and somebody is going to have to pay for its construction and modern features. Barclays is used for a number of sporting and entertainment events, including the NHL Rangers, so the entire burden of paying for it does not fall only on the Nets fans. Should the Nets continue to do well in the next few years, it is not unreasonable to see the prices go even higher, as someone is going to have to pay for the top star’s salaries. Sometimes it’s not easy being a fan.
In the long run, fans most likely won’t be complaining about ticket prices and the like if they are putting a winning team on the floor (think the Knicks). New ownership, new stadium, and really, trying to create a new fan base are things that just can’t be done overnight. The Nets may not be new based on the number of years, but when compared to a franchise such as the Celtics, the Nets are still in their infancy.
Written by Garrett Parker
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