For the first time in a while, the Knicks aren’t wholly
With a record of 38-24, the Knicks are where fans and pundits alike expected them to be, holding steady in the two seed in the Eastern Conference. Carmelo Anthony is averaging a ridiculous 28.9 points per game at Madison Square Garden this season, which has propelled the Knicks to the top of the Atlantic Division and catalyzed much excitement from the Knicks faithful. As a result, the Knicks carry a home average ticket price of $392 dollars for the season according to TiqIQ, good for tops in basketball.
The New York Rangers with whom the Knicks share MSG have unfortunately not had the same luck, as a slow start to the season has seen them fall from being the most expensive home draw out of US-based NHL teams. That’s not to say however, that the Rangers still don’t carry a significant price tag. Currently, the average Rangers ticket at MSG will set back fans $209 dollars. But both New York Knicks tickets and New York Rangers tickets absolutely pale in comparison to some other upcoming MSG events this spring.
The two highest priced events of the spring are the next two major concerts at MSG, but it might be unreasonable to expect a single person from one show to be at the other as well, given the nature of the two acts. Checking in as the most expensive event of the spring is the April 8th Fleetwood Mac show, carrying an insane average ticket price of $1,027 dollars. Touring for just the second time in the past decade, rumour has it that Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks could possibly be re-connecting the chain for a new album to follow the 34-stop worldwide tour that kicks off in Ohio just four days before they visit New York.
Offering a significant contrast in target demographic to that of Fleetwood Mac, Pink’s March 22th show is the second most expensive event of the MSG spring. With a significantly larger and more dedicated fan base than people realize, Pink consistently sells out the largest arenas across the country. Holding an average ticket price of a whopping $923 dollars, this concert is the marquee event for MSG in the month of March, outpacing even the season’s most expensive basketball game which was the March 3rd matchup against the Miami Heat that carried an average price tag of $720 dollars.
Some other upcoming acts at MSG include Alicia Keys and Miguel on April 11th, Muse on April 15th and 16th, and The Killers on May 14th. Alicia Keys is by far the most expensive of the three acts, with an average ticket price of $529 dollars. While her hometown ballad duet with Jay-Z, “Empire State of Mind,” couldn’t even get Keys within sniffing distance of Fleetwood Mac, she still manages to dwarf both the Muse dates and The Killers set, which compare more favorably to Rangers tickets at average prices of $158 (4/15) and $256 (4/16) for Muse, and $246 dollars for The Killers.