WNBA Team Attendance Drops 30 Percent After Move From MSG to Newark

Friday, July 29, 2011

Since the New York Liberty started playing at Newark’s Prudential Center this spring, attendance the at the games has dropped 30 percent, according to WNBA figures.

The Liberty was forced off their home court at Madison Square Garden to accommodate work on the arena's $850 million face-lift. Before the team's departure, average home attendance was 11,069. It dropped to 7,866 this season.

The first phase of renovation — set to be completed this fall — will bring new seating in the arena's lower bowl. The entire project is slated for completion in 2013, and will feature a new entrance, wider concourses and updated sound and video systems.

The renovation is happening in three-summer phases, so that it doesn’t conflict with seasons of the New York Rangers and Knicks. The Liberty, whose season runs from June to September, will spend the next two years in Newark.


More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.


Latest Newscast




WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public


Supported by