Worries over economic downturn are nowhere to be found as money flows at playoff time at Staples Center.

L.A. Times: Even though Shona Jones’ seats were near the ceiling, she couldn’t stop smiling.

Jones had driven from her San Diego home to Staples Center on Sunday with her two kids and one of her best friends.

She took a breather before going to her seats, time enough to tally the damage. Tickets, gas, parking, hot dogs, sodas, T-shirts and Lakers Crocs for the kids — she estimated that all together the day would cost near $1,000, a hefty chunk for a legal clerk and her waitress pal.

“It’s the playoffs,” she said. “Kobe and Iverson.”

But $1,000?, she was asked. That’s a lot for one game.

“I wouldn’t miss this for anything,” she said, her smile tightening. “It’s just so much fun, and worth the memories . . . even in times like these, you can’t put a price on that.”


These are tough times. It’s the economy, the war, the election, the environment. Pessimism rules. The doomsayers crow.

But inside Staples Center on the day of a Lakers playoff game, where the cheap seats run $200, tough times seem far away.

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  • http://myspace.com/hzm hZm

    I don’t know whats crazier… the insane amount of money these tickets cost, or me for continuing to buy tickets.

    I’m starting to get the feeling that Laker games are an addiction. I can’t even afford them anymore, yet I still pay.

  • west213

    Pau Gasol LAL 36.0
    Chris Paul NOH 33.5
    Amare Stoudemire PHX 33.0
    Kobe Bryant LAL 32.0
    LeBron James CLE 31.0

  • west213

    best offense in nba…

  • http://www.laballtalk.com Los Angels Lakers Blog

    Tickets prices have become ridiculous… I live in LA and can’t afford to go without the expenses of gas and food, just the seats.