Even with their significant downplaying of Andrew Bynum’s injury, the Sixers are struggling with attendance. They are 21st in the league with an average of 15,592 fans per game (tickets sold, I’m guessing), according to ESPN. That’s part of the reason you can get tickets for under a dollar. And guess what? Those cheap tickets may actually score you some really good seats. Sure, they’ll be for the second level, but hang around long enough (until the second quarter) and you could be upgraded, free of charge, to primo seats. Reader Edd tells us about his experience:
I got tix to Sundays game for .89 cents, and then at the game was upgraded to 12 rows from the floor. I was up in the 200 whateverthefuckitis level, and with like 5 minutes left in the 2nd they came and offered everyone tickets to move down to the lower level. I mean like 12 rows off the court. Not to mention, only .89 cents to begin with. Oddly enough, they were making sure everyone was in their right seats even though the lower level was bare bones as well. We were actually on the opposing court side, not near cameras. I assume it was for show to keep all of the lower level full. The entire section I was in were offered. So, basically, it was just my buddy and I. #intense #proud. But [really], probably like 50 people.
On one hand, this is a nice gesture by the Sixers– why let the seats down low go to waste? [I wish more teams would do this... though there’s a fine line between being generous and cheapening the product.] On the other… this is kind of sad. We’re in mid-90s Phillies territory, and I’m not even sure they did that in any sort of official capacity (you could just head out to the 300 level in center field on your own if you wanted a quick handy). And, as Edd alluded to, there’s a very real possibility the Sixers are doing this to look good on TV. Attendance is great, but it’s equally as important for games to look good, look fun on TV.
Most, myself included, figured that by this point under the new regime and with Andrew Bynum, the Sixers would be somewhat of a hot ticket, especially with no hockey and an awful football team. But that’s not the case. In fact, the Sixers are averaging fewer fans per game than they did last season (17,502), but that's in part due to their soft schedule early on.
Edd and his friend weren’t the only ones to get their seats upgraded, either. Take a look at some of these Tweets from the past week or so:
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