I can claim the distinction of having occupied one of those suites at a number of Detroit Pistons games at the Palace (as well as some second-tier professional hockey games) and I have to tell you, when you have closed circuit television monitoring the game downstairs, lounge seating, booze, beer, a urinal close enough to where you don't have to worry about peeing all over yourself after having consumed great quantities of booze and beer, an array of foodstuffs, and a computer link that provides ongoing real-time stats throughout the game, the game itself becomes of secondary importance. And it should be noted that the Palace is the most perfect venue ever designed by man for athletic events.
The Palace at Auburn Hills, home of the Detroit Pistons, is offering new luxury suites next fall. The cost: $450,000.
Oh, one other thing -- there's no view of the actual basketball court. That's right. Four-hundred fifty grand to leave your living room, drive to the Palace, pay for parking, then sit in a room with 12 of your friends to watch the game. On television. Just like you could have done in your living room.
Okay, so you do get two tickets to the VIP section of the stadium. But I'm guessing you could get those for a lot less than $450,000. (link)
Besides, we're talking about NBA basketball. Who cares what's going on on the court? It's $450,000 worth of Kentucky's finest bourbon whiskey, Radley, and a whole lotta ambiance.