By Jerry Zgoda
Times are tough, so Wolves owner Glen Taylor announced just now at Target Center that his team is lowering prices on 95 percent of its season tickets bought by July 1 for 2009-2010 and will guarantee a refund for unused tickets for any season-ticket holders who lose their jobs by Jan. 1, 2010.
Prime courtside seats will remain the same, but most other season tickets will decrease from between $4 to $15 each per game.
You can buy a season ticket for as little as $5 a game — $215 for the season — next season. About 4,700 of those tickets will be available for the upper-deck corner sections.
Lower level tickets — corner “Player Section” areas — will be available for as little as $15 a game. Tickets behind the baskets that sold for $25 this season will be $20 under “Early Bird” pricing, which requires purchase by July 1.
The team is also introducing a no-interest nine-month payment plan. For two $5 season tickets, that’s $46 a month. For two $15 lower-level season tickets, that’s $71 a month.
Asked how the Wolves can afford to do so, team president Chris Wright called the new pricing a “volume play” design to boost the season-ticket base, at about 5,000 this season, and create a “home-court advantage” by filling empty seats with paying customers.
“I don’t want these uncertain times to deter our fans from coming to Target Center and enjoying NBA basketball,” Taylor said in a statement before he announced the new plan at a Target Center press conference.
The Wolves also are offering Courtside Club and Loge Box areas that provides such amenities as table seating, stats monitors, complimentary food and beverage and free parking in the high-end ticket ranges.
The top price for a season ticket if bought by July 1 is $1,550 each for tickets next to each team’s bench.
For more information, see www.timberwolves.com/earlybird