I’m Knicks fan. I’m a Rangers fan. I’m a St. John’s fan (New York’s college team). These historic franchises all have one thing is common — They call Madison Square Garden home. Like most people of New York, I consider it an incredible honor to get to watch my teams play in the world’s greatest arena. I always hear when a player is new to New York about how humbled they are to play at MSG and when visiting teams come to town, they talk about the one of a kind experience of playing there. This is all well and good, and I do not want to upset people when I say this but, I’m a little over it.
Now before everyone jumps down my throat and calls me an idiot I would like a second to explain myself. I work in Manhattan, about 6 blocks from MSG, and it would be extremely easy for me, a sports fan, to go see the teams I love. But it isn’t. The reason it isn’t is because THE TICKETS ARE TOO DAMN EXPENSIVE! For the Rangers, a ticket under $100 is almost unheard of and for the Knicks, if you can find something in the 400 level for under $85, you’re lucky. What bothers me the most is that it isn’t, at least for the Knicks, based at all on the quality of play on the court. And as far as the Rangers and Johnnies are considered, this is hockey and college basketball we’re talking about! I’m pretty sure in other cities tickets are free to such events.
I guess what really grinds my gears is the way StubHub lays out its games. I’ll go look at the Ranger’s tickets page and they have home and away games next to each other so I am forced to see the difference in prices. There happens to be a great example on there right now. Next week, the Rangers play at the Penguins one night and then against the Penguins at home two nights later and lets just take a gander at the prices to each:
That’s right folks. $37 compared to $120 are the starting prices. And that’s with a marquis franchise in the NHL and, oh, that’s right, THE STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS! This is just an example of every single night and every single event at MSG.
I know, I know. I sound like a whinny Bernie supporter who thinks that the government should be paying me to go to these events. And please don’t get me wrong, I LOVE MSG. When I am first, the head coach of the St. John’s women’s basketball team and second, the GM of the New York Liberty, it will be an amazing honor to play in the world’s greatest arena. I guess this is more of a vent session for me because I just want to go to some damn games. And I know it’s going to back fire when my co-host Taylor and Knicks’ fan legend, Ketch, read this and give me flack for it, but you know what? #YOLO. Maybe the Knicks will read this and send me tickets. I’m talking to you Phil. How about some tickets for me and my posse? Oh, shit, my bad, I don’t want to offend anyone.
P.s. That’s right gang, I’m back! I will be stepping up my writing game from here on out so buckle up bitches!!