As Sacramento & Seattle Fight For NBA Team, Hawks & Pacers Playoff Game Still Has 12K Seats Available

Apr 28, 2011; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) high fives a fan while taking the court before the first half in game six of the 2011 NBA playoffs at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

With a hat tip to our own Scott Levin, NBA columnist Shaun Powell reports that about 12,000 seats remain available for tonight’s NBA playoff game between the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks.

Per Powell:

Better hurry to buy tickets for Pacers-Hawks tonight. Only 12,000 left.

Tickets (upper deck) can be had for about $16.00 dollars at the Atlanta box office or via discount sites like Living Social. The Hawks have been running the special for nearly a week now and still have struggled to sell more than 3,000 tickets.

The struggling sales are nothing new for the Hawks as they had the fifth lowest attendance in the league this year, capping out at an average of 15,125 – almost 5K short a night of capacity at Phillips Arena.

Generally, $16 bucks wont even get you parking at most NBA events, let alone the playoffs, so it’s pretty embarrassing for the league that they can’t fill up the venue to even half capacity during the NBA playoffs, meanwhile, both Sacramento and Seattle are covered in the opposing cities blood as they scratch and claw for the right to be the loyal fan bases that they are and have decades of history to back it up.

Nobody wants to ever see a team relocated, but, it’s a pretty hard pill for Sacramento (and Seattle, for that matter) to swallow as the NBA has played yo-yo with their franchises while other teams across the league sell eighteen seats for .72 cents or even worse, can’t fill their arena for a playoff game.

Topics: Atlanta Hawks, Relocation, Sacramento Kings, Seattle Sonics

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