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Out Of Tune? Jazz Having Trouble Selling Tonight's Playoff Game
Published April 23, 2009
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SLOW BUILD TO TAKEOFF: Last night's Heat-Hawks Game Two at Philips Arena drew a sellout crowd of 19,146 (Mult., 4/23). However, in Atlanta, Larry Hartstein reported by mid-afternoon yesterday "about 1,000 tickets remained" for the game. Several fans were "pleasantly surprised to be able to walk up and buy tickets Wednesday afternoon." Hawks Senior VP/Sales & Marketing Tracy White before the game said, "We know the game is going to sell out -- we just don't know at what point" (AJC.com, 4/22). Meanwhile, also in Atlanta, Sekou Smith notes the Hawks' official live mascot "ignored his usual pre-game flight path," stopping in the stands, on the midcourt scoreboard and on the camera over one of the shot clocks. Officials stopped play with 8:48 to play in the first quarter to allow the bird's handler to retrieve it (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 4/23). TNT's Dick Stockton said the hawk, “not happy with (just) flying around in the pregame, wanted to get into the action during the game as well” (“Heat-Hawks,” TNT, 4/22).