We became Jazz season tickets holders 15 years ago. Before the internet was widely used for ticket sales, my father intended to camp overnight at the ticket office (with small children) to get our family coveted tickets to John Stockton's retirement ceremony. I pointed out to my distressed mother that season ticket holders could purchase them before the public sans camping. Our seats that first year were awful. We've moved forward a little each year, now to seats we love.
Next year, our cost doubles. The money isn't really the issue, it's the way it's been handled. In the past when seating changes affected us, our ticket rep would call us personally.
There were definitely bad years, records we don't talk about, years without a playoff berth. We still have always had someone to use the tickets and we've never been interested in reselling them.2 comments on this story
In an interview last May, Mitchell was stunned at the fans after a game and said "Y'all are unbelievable." The Jazz use the slogan, "The strength of our team is our team." It should be, "the strength of our team is our fans."
They say they want to raise a championship banner. Our story has been a great, wild adventure, full of magic, integrity and success. I wouldn't trade any of it for a banner.
We aren't just any NBA market, and I wouldn't want us to be. Chicago has plenty of banners, what good are they now? Twenty years later, if I could be them or us, I'd rather be us.