You'll find a higher percentage of "true fans" cheering on their team at a sports bar than you do in the corporate luxury boxes at many NBA arenas. There is a "be seen at a costly event" factor that has nothing to do with interest or even knowledge about basketball.
This I can agree with 100%. Normally, I sit in the balcony when I go to the games because mostly for my lack of $$. Last night I got to sit in the club seat level because my wife was rewarded at her job with the company's tickets. When she told me about the tix last week, I was immediatly not excited about the seats. To my horror, it was everything that I expected.
-When we first got to our seats we were greeted by our server and continually asked if we wanted anything. When you normally don't buy anything at the game...this gets annoying. I eventually had to tell the woman that if I wanted anything...she would be the first to know.
-I observed more polo shirts and ties then tee-shirts. At that point, I figured we were out of place.
-Polite Applause only! I got looked at like I had a 3rd eye when I tried to get the chant of Defense going when the heat were making their run.
-Got told to sit down a couple times!!! I would have gotten bitter, but my wife was elbowing me in my ribs telling me she didn't want this getting back to her job when the regulars go to the games.
I really mean this from the bottom of my heart...I'd rather buy a balcony ticket then get a club level seat for FREE!!! Get me to the majority of the REAL FANS...not those that are there to see and be seen!!! I just hope the lower bowl is not like this, or I can see why our players sometimes get discouraged with our crowd!!!