Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes about reduced season ticket prices to Timberwolves games.
Now you can get nosebleed season tickets for $5 a game, with your money back if you lose your job. I'm sure there are the fees and taxes and things. But compare that with the $80 or so a friend recently paid to sit in the nosebleeds of a Knicks game. If you have any interest in watching the Timberwolves, this is some kind of deal.
Times are tough, so Wolves owner Glen Taylor announced just now at Target Center that his team is lowering prices on 95 percent of its season tickets bought by July 1 for 2009-2010 and will guarantee a refund for unused tickets for any season-ticket holders who lose their jobs by Jan. 1, 2010.
Prime courtside seats will remain the same, but most other season tickets will decrease from between $4 to $15 each per game.
You can buy a season ticket for as little as $5 a game -- $215 for the season -- next season. About 4,700 of those tickets will be available for the upper-deck corner sections.
Lower level tickets -- corner "Player Section" areas -- will be available for as little as $15 a game. Tickets behind the baskets that sold for $25 this season will be $20 under "Early Bird" pricing, which requires purchase by July 1.
The team is also introducing a no-interest nine-month payment plan. For two $5 season tickets, that's $46 a month. For two $15 lower-level season tickets, that's $71 a month.
Asked how the Wolves can afford to do so, team president Chris Wright called the new pricing a "volume play" design to boost the season-ticket base, at about 5,000 this season, and create a "home-court advantage" by filling empty seats with paying customers.