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SBD/Issue 21/Facilities & Venues
Poor Showing For NBA Preseason Game In Vegas Raises Questions
Published October 14, 2008
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SPRINTING AHEAD: In K.C., Jason Whitlock wrote under the header, "NBA Could Work Here If Given A Chance." K.C. has a "thirst for sporting entertainment," and the Sprint Center is a "sparkling success, the equal" of the adjacent Power & Light District developed by Baltimore-based developer Cordish Co. Friday's Trail Blazers-Hawks NBA preseason game at the Sprint Center featured a "few $10 tickets in the upper reaches of the arena, but most people paid between" $50-90 for the game. Sprint Center Dir of Communications & Marketing Shani Tate Ross: "We priced the game at NBA prices. We want people to get used to paying NBA/NHL prices." Whitlock: "I realize it was just a one-time affair, but I'm surprised Kansas Citians were willing to step out and pay [Chiefs President & GM] Carl Peterson prices for a nonfootball event, particularly in this brutal economic environment." Meanwhile, Whitlock wrote Cordish Co. Chair David Cordish, who has been critical of the Sprint Center's lack of a major tenant, "might want to keep his fingers away from his laptop for the next year or two," as his comments have done a "great deal of damage to the area" (K.C. STAR, 10/11).