Rules

The Arena


"Fans never fall asleep at our games, because they're afraid they might get hit by a pass."

Here you'll find information about your team's home arena. We've tried to make the arena system as customizable as possible, so you're free to build additional seats into your arena and to change the selling price of each seat type to match the demand of your fans, or to rename your arena (at a slight cost). All of these modifications can be made from the Arena page.

As you might expect, the different seat types have different associated ticket prices; bleachers are for the multitudes who want to get in the door, be loud, and pay more at the concession stand than the gate, and luxury boxes are for the rich, sports-nut fans you might try mugging later in the parking lot, because, hey, profit is profit (note: mugging fans is not a supporter feature).

The happier your fans are, the more of each type of ticket they will buy, and fans will buy the most expensive tickets they can afford. To maximize your ticket revenue, you should play around with the prices of the tickets, as well as the number of available seats of each type. For example, if you're consistently selling out all of your bleachers, you might try expanding your arena to include more bleachers, raising the price of the bleacher tickets, or lower the price of your lower-tier seats.

If you feel that your team has attracted a large enough following of so-called witty sports critics, rabid fans, and random celebrities that your old arena is just not cutting it in terms of size, then you can choose to expand your arena. Here you can pay to add more bleachers, lower-tier seats, courtside seats, and luxury boxes to your arena. Note that these changes to your arena's capacity are not immediate: the more construction you wish to do, the longer it'll take for it to complete and for these changes to effect. Also you cannot start building more seats until the last set is finished. You'll also find that building higher end seats take longer to build than cheaper ones but that they sell more consistently. Finally, beware relying too much on construction estimates. Estimates are not exactly how many days it will take to construct your stadium, and on average, construction estimates tend to be rather optimistic. If you really, desperately need your arena expansion ready in 10 days, you should probably not trust a 10 day estimate from the construction crew.

You may use the Arena page to set your prices at any time, but for them to be applied to the next match, they need to be updated at least 15 minutes before the match starts. The league office will not allow you to let the fans in too cheaply, as it's bad for the other teams in the league, or raise prices too high, as it hurts fan interest. You may have bleacher prices between $5 and $20, lower tier seating from $17 to $70, courtside seating from $50 to $200, and luxury boxes must be priced between $400 and $1600. You will find that the people who want the most expensive seats will pay their money win or lose (but care a lot about ticket prices), while the less expensive seats are mostly filled by rabid fans who will show up when the team is winning but won't pay to see a losing team.

As many local laws prohibit teams from overbuilding arenas to attract an overflow of fans in smaller sections of arenas, teams are prohibited from building more than 500 courtside seats or 50 luxury boxes in their arenas.

The Arena Designer

The arenas can be further customized via the Arena Designer. While the arena surroundings only serve as an aesthetics pleaser and give an opportunity to managers to play with and show off their environmental arrangement skills, the arena designs themselves serve a higher purpose: more costly design will attract larger crowds serving as a local attraction and sightseeing spot, even when there are no matches arranged. The crowds will visit the team merchandise store and generate additional revenue. However, the time required to pay off the initial investment might be considered quite long, especially with the pricier designs. Note that there are no reimbursements for changing an existing arena design, even if it is a downgrade. Building a new arena requires total demolition of the old one.

Team Infrastructure

Serving as part of the Arena Designer, Team Infrastructure is a collection of five buildings that provide various options for team improvement. Each of the buildings is available in three levels, but having even the lowest level of any of them should be considered luxury, therefore they are not intended for fresh teams, and even seasoned managers might need to carefully consider investing in them. This is not only due to some pretty steep initial building costs, but also due to high weekly maintenance costs that they carry with them.

Here are the five team infrastructure buildings and their effects:

1. Gym - training is hard, but a well equipped gym will motivate players to spend extra time training, giving a wider range of skills a slight boost. The effect is very similar to the already existing cross training, in essence, the gym is giving your team more cross training "slots". Higher gym levels provide more personal trainers and additional equipment, giving the team even more cross training "slots".

2. Training Court - spending valuable training time on free throws is always a hard bargain, most teams opting to do in the offseason, when normal training minutes are harder to achieve anyway. The training court will enable players to work on their free throws during the season, additional to normal training. The effect is not nearly as large as dedicating a full week of training to free throws, but at least those weeks will not be necessary as often as they are now.

3. Health&Recovery Center - the good doctor needs all the help he can get! Additional staff, special diagnostics and therapy equipment, etc... The effect of the Health& Recovery center is quite straightforward: the higher the level, the quicker the healing.

4. TV&Radio Station - there's no better way to build up the hype for the upcoming match than through the media! Having TV and radio shows promoting the team achievements, past and present, will result in fans buying more merchandise, tolerate losses more easily and celebrate wins longer. But keep in mind, there are limits to how high the fan spirit can rise. Additionally, season ticket sales will also have a nice boost, especially with higher levels.

5. Merchandise Store - having a luxurious store in a prominent spot will boost merchandise sales. Similarly like investing in a nice arena design, the store will take a long time to return the initial investment but after that it will generate pure profit.

Building and maintenance costs are the same for each building. The first level costs $500 000 to build, following up with $300 000 for level two and $200 000 for level three. Additionally, each level carries a weekly cost of $5000 for maintenance. These levels can be downgraded and half of the invested funds will be reimbursed.


Disclaimer
While the rules have been translated by our wonderful language administrators, the only official versions of the BuzzerBeater Rules or Terms of Service are those written in American English.
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