The New York Knicks are raising courtside ticket prices 900 percent at Madison Square Garden for wheelchair locations. Yes, a 900 percent increase in ticket prices for the disabled.
Here's more on it, via The New York Post
A quadriplegic former Brooklyn high-school basketball star is calling a foul on the Knicks for slam-dunking disabled fans with a 900 percent ticket-price hike.
Alanzo George learned from a pal who had been treating him to floor tickets that courtside spots set aside for people in wheelchairs at Madison Square Garden soared from around $300 last year to $2,850 this year.
“I was really shocked,” George, 23, told The Post. “I’m wondering how they did that, especially with people in a wheelchair.”
George, who lives in Canarsie, was a Tilden HS basketball standout entertaining several college scholarship offers in March 2007 when a car carrying him and two pals crashed in Brooklyn. George was paralyzed from the neck down.
Garden spokesman Barry Watkins said the $300 spots were eliminated as part of the arena’s ongoing $850 million renovation. He said the new floor spots for the disabled are closer to the action than the old ones.
The average increase for seats in the Garden this year was about 50 percent, including accommodations for the disabled at 14 other locations in the arena. The price hikes, he said, were due to renovation costs.
As you can see in that excerpt, the "$300 spots" were eliminated due to an $850 million renovation at MSG. Still, the Knicks look like complete assholes in this one, and hopefully find a much more fair way to accommodate the disabled.
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