Is anybody here a sports fan? Over the past few years I've been following local sports teams. One of our local basketball teams has made it to the finals which has been great as a fan to watch.
The issue? Since they have made it, ticket prices have skyrocketed.
For the first finals game seat prices went from starting at $50 to starting at $800! This was for seats that are so far up, you wouldn't look out of place using binoculars. The most expensive seat sold was for $60,000.
Needless to say I've been watching from home on TV. There are viewing parties around the country, I live in a downtown area so one is in walking distance where they have performances and the game is displayed on a gigantic screen outside. I've become someone who doesn't like being in crowds over the years so haven't attended but even these now have line-ups to get in, with people queuing from as early as 16 hours before game time to get a good spot.
Has your favourite sports team ever put the price of tickets way up?
I might watch the world or 6 Nations rugby finals , or the soccer World Cup final. It amazes me that people spend huge sums on TV or in following teams around watching other people playing sport. It may be a replacement for religious meetings, or some herd instinct, but I just don’t get it. I realise this is a minority view, but many years ago I preferred to play sport at a modest level than to pay to watch others.
It amazes me how people can afford to go to these matches etc. I saw on TV yesterday that the local football team is capping ticket prices at home games at £30 which presumably means that prices exceed this at other matches and other teams grounds. I've never been to a football match in my life (except a charity game) and it beats me how people who are always pleading 'poverty' can even justify spending this sort of money on a regular basis.
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