Anyone bumping around Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday with pocket change may want to drop your head in and check out Game 2, because it may just cost you all of $6.
The Pacers are having what we might consider a rough go of things, a plight that seems to extend well beyond the locker room and into the hands of those with tickets to see the Pacers take on the Hawks in Game 2 of the first round of the NBA playoffs.
Normally, a postseason game would garner fan fervor and exorbitant ticket prices. According to screen grabs off ticket reseller StubHub by The Big Lead, SportsGrid and Fox Sports, seats for tonight's game can be had for extremely cheap prices.
We were late to the party, but it seems the prices continue to drop, because as of this writing, the cheapest seats are listed at $6.16.
Perhaps by tipoff, those with tickets will be paying for people to take their seats off their hands.
WISHTV.com's David Barras reports on the unusually slow sales of tickets, something that has hit more than the resale market for the team:
According to the Pacers, there were about 400 tickets for sale when the day began. Most of those they said, turned back by the NBA when the league didn’t need them.
But a local ticket broker told 24 Hour News 8, Game 2 playoff ticket sales are as soft as they’ve ever seen. They cut prices right after the Game 1 loss to get rid of their inventory. They said, a lower level seat went for $100 for the second playoff game. That same seat sold for $150 during the regular season.
That's correct. According to the report, the postseason seems to have hurt the value of similar seats in the postseason.
The oddity comes after a Game 1 loss to the Hawks, 101-93, with the Pacers becoming just the fourth No. 1 seed to lose Game 1 in the opening round since 2003, via ESPN.com.
To radio host Dan Dakich, it seems people just don't want to watch a team he asserts isn't trying, via Barras' report: "People say, they got to do this, they got to do that, they got to do the other. Yes they do. But the No. 1 thing they’ve got to do is play hard."
Dakich continues, offering an explanation for the lack of sales:
I never try and tell people how to spend their money. And it does surprise me being a basketball place and how the Pacers have rebuilt this and it’s really a fun deal. But given the effort of the other day, that’s the consequence that comes with lack of effort.
Considering there were several hundred seats available as of this writing and a good amount for an extremely reasonable price, we have to think the arena will be relatively empty on Tuesday night.
During a time when most houses are packed to the absolute brim with screaming fans, the Pacers are once again attempting to convince their fans they should come on down and give them their support.
Attendance isn't fixed with rock-bottom prices, and it won't be remedied with one great game. From the looks of it, the Pacers will have to mount quite the turnaround for team faithful to once again gobble up tickets at obscene prices.
It's not that they don't love their team. It's just that they aren't about to pay top dollar for what some might consider a less-than-stellar product.
Game 2 is as much about convincing the team's more laid-back fans as it is getting back in the series, something Indiana is more than capable of doing.
Now if you happen to have some change under you couch pillows, consider watching an actual NBA playoff game for unbelievable prices.
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