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Garden follows 2000s trend

Interesting, personal take from Hahn here on the Knicks' ticket price hike.

I can relate, having grown up in similarly lower-middle-class circumstances. (People often assume otherwise because I went to a fancy private college and reference it with annyoing frequency, because I enjoy dark chocolate and dark beer and because I watch "30 Rock" and "Mad Men." But no.)

The reaction among media and fans to the Knicks and Rangers increases has been muted because we've seen this all before with the Mets, Yankees, Giants and Jets.

That goes not only for the price of tickets, but also for the "amenities" that automatically come with new sports facilities these days: wide concourses, all-inclusive meal plans for club seats, etc.

The inevitable result is wide swaths of empty seats in the best areas of the house early in games and early in the second halves of games.

Why? Because people are eating the food that comes with their hugely expensive seats, not actually sitting in those seats.

Can't kill the Garden for going in that direction, not after pretty much every other American pro franchise with a new building has done the same thing.

Will it work? Who knows? Check back in 10 or 20 years. I am old enough to remember how in the early 1970s everyone was marveling at the modern baseball/football combo stadiums - complete with artificial turf, naturally - rising in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and elsewhere.

They were state-of-the-art facilities that would makes fans forget forever about those hopelessly outdated old parks built expressly for baseball, with fields that used . . . real grass! Yuck!

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