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’Trotter’s show fun, but pricey

April 15, 2012
The Mining Journal

You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who attended the Harlem Globetrotter's show Wednesday at the Berry Events Center in Marquette who didn't have a good time.

After all, it's humorous, family-friendly entertainment done in a high-octane format. There are numerous gags, basketball tricks and spectator participation galore.

The Globetrotters reportedly have performed more than 100 shows since January, but the group that came to Marquette showed a lot of energy.

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The two-hour show entertained those from the youngest child to the oldest adult in a manner that left most everyone smiling.

Those who attended the event will no doubt long remember "Big Easy," "Bull," "Stretch" - all 7 feet, 4 inches of him - and "TNT," the only female of the 11-member Globetrotters' squad.

The Globetrotters also signed autographs after the show, which was a nice touch.

That said, the 2,853 spectators who watched the Globetrotters at the BEC paid a price. A pretty hefty price.

Tickets cost $47 for courtside seats, $30 for VIP tickets and $20 for general admission spots. There were apparently no reduced ticket prices for students or kids.

I know an extended family of six who paid $180 for tickets, then found themselves sitting behind the players' bench where it was hard to see the court.

Souvenirs were equally as pricey. The cost of some items: program, $10; replica jersey, $60; boxer trunks, $45; Globetrotters basketball (full size), $60; T-shirts, $25.

Numerous kids at the event were wearing a jersey and bouncing a basketball afterward. The cost? $120.

It was a costly night for mom and-or dad in these tight economic times.

You have to wonder how long the kids with the jerseys and balls will wear them or bounce them before they place them in a closet or storage bin.

The BEC - at a capacity of 4,300 for basketball - was far from filled for the show. A couple of years ago, when the Globetrotters last visited Marquette, the crowd was bigger.

No doubt Michigan Tech University hosting the Globetrotters Thursday night reduced Wednesday's attendance. Tech didn't host a show two years ago.

But you have to wonder if the ticket prices kept anyone home.

Headline acts don't come to Marquette very often. When they do, some people will pay just about any price to watch the show.

The same is true for professional sporting events, which is fast becoming too expensive for families to take in more than once a season or two.

I guess everyone has to decide just how much they're willing to pay to be entertained for a couple of hours.

Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251. His email address is



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