The biggest socio-sports story of the year (now that Tebowmania has cooled a bit) is the coming out party of Harvard grad Jeremy Lin whose ascent to stardom as a point guard for the NBA New York Knicks has been noted and celebrated everywhere lately, and we do mean everywhere.
Lin’s Ivy League educational background, Asian-American heritage and out-of-nowhere success on the hardwood have turned the unknown into an American sensation in a flash. Playing in the biggest market in the country in front of the New York media hasn’t hurt.
Atlantans can get a TV look at Lin tomorrow night when the Hawks travel to New York for a game against the Knicks.
But if you want an up-close view of the phenom, you’ll have a chance late next month when Lin and his teammates come to Philips Arena for a game Friday March 30.
Yes, seats are still available. But don’t expect any bargains.
A check of the Hawks website as well as the online ticket brokerage StubHub shows sufficient supply, although not at cheap rates. The lowest price listed at the club site is $55, with most tickets running $70, or far more.
On StubHub, the cheapest ticket, in the upper bowl behind the baseline, commands $60. They go up from there, of course.
By contrast, an upper bowl baseline seat for a game the week before against the Utah Jazz is going for only $5 at the site. That’s a pretty common price on the secondary market this time of the year for a less popular opponent.
But Lin is no common opponent, and Linsanity has its price.