I asked fans why they went to Nets-76ers. Here’s what they said.


Despite the cacophony of criticism that the Brooklyn Nets don’t draw loud fans to the arena, it’s worth noting that before almost every home game in the past three years, Barclays Center’s upper rafters, AKA the Brooklyn Zoo, were filled close to the brim, even as the lower-decks slowly filled over the first half.

But for a Friday night matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers, one of the league’s worst teams, even the upper decks were half-full at best as the game kicked off. (For what it’s worth, the Nets officially listed the attendance at 16,172, which makes sense if you include the fans watching at nearby bars.)

After a dull first half between two underwhelming teams going nowhere, and a joke tweet from a fan in the arena, it led me to wonder:

Here’s what I found out.

Some enjoyed a cheap night out:

While at least one person went in blindly.

Nonetheless, there was hope…

And bonding…

And celebration, kind of.

There was also recognition that the Nets, if only the organization and not the current on-court product, do right by their season ticket holders.

…Even if some acknowledged the problem…

And some just skipped out.

After the loss, hope had subsided.

The Nets lost, 90-88.