Price of MLS Cup Tickets down 25% Since Sporting KC Berth

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Last season, MLS Cup tickets prices peaked the Tuesday before the Championship match. On November 27, prices averaged $242, 12% more than the previous week and 11% more than the cost of a ticket two days later. The fact that the Beckham era was coming to an end was a main draw in 2012; also, some thought it could be Donovan’s last season. The LA Galaxy hosted and became American soccer’s most decorated professional club with the win. Flip the calendar to December 2013, and MLS Cup ticket prices for Saturday’s matchup between Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City are averaging $266, 12% less than last week.

Sporting Kansas City, host of the 2013 MLS Cup, sold out their Eastern Conference Championship game in less than 24 hours (21,650 tickets). As expected MLS Cup tickets were in high demand following Sporting KC’s Championship berth; at that time, the average list price of a ticket on Razorgator was $354. By Wednesday, the average cost of a ticket had fallen to $303 on the secondary market. While prices have slowly declined leading up to the Championship game, the 2013 final still boasts a more expensive ticket than previous years.

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How Much are Conference Championship Tickets?

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It’s college football’s Conference Championship week; the four top title games will be played Saturday, December 7. Who will earn a spot in the BCS National Championship? The Rose Bowl? The Orange Bowl? Much is riding on the four big NCAA Football Championship games this weekend as each conference winner will receive an automatic BCS bowl bid. With BCS National Championship game tickets up 13% since division winners were decided, we take a look at how Conference Championship games fare.

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Last Game at Candlestick Park Claims Best-Selling MNF Tickets in 2013

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Entering the San Francisco 49ers final season at Candlestick Park, the team announced that they had sold out season tickets for 2013. With just three home games left at The Stick, 49ers tickets are in high demand. The storied venue that opened as a baseball-only facility will be demolished following the Niners 2013 campaign; but moments that took place there, never will. The stadium is home to “The Catch” and “The Catch II” referring to Joe Montana’s pass to Dwight Clark for the game-winning catch in the endzone against the Cowboys in the 1981 NFC Championship game and Terrell Owens 25-yard touchdown catch between four defenders in the 1999 NFC Wild Card win over the Packers.

San Francisco will play their final regular season game on the same field December 23, in a Monday Night Football meeting against the Atlanta Falcons. Back on July 19, tickets to the NFC Conference Championship rematch averaged $293. At the start of the regular season, that price tag had increased 10% and was the most expensive home game of the year at The Stick. At that time, many felt that the regular season finale would have playoff implications come December as each team was expected to contend for their Division title. Now 2-9, the Falcons have been mathematically eliminated from the playoff picture, locking in their first losing season since 2007. However, despite the lackluster opponent in Week 16, interest to attend the final game at a place the 9ers have called home since 1971, continues to increase. Today, you’ll pay an average price of $377 to watch the historic game in the City. While it is no longer the highest priced game at Candlestick this season (prices to watch the Seahawks two weeks prior are up 74% since the start of the season), it is the best-selling MNF game in 2013 on the secondary market. For the record books, the Niners are 23-11 on Monday Night Football at Candlestick.

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Lady Gaga to Close “The World’s Greatest Ballroom” with Seven Shows

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While many think of Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden as the top music venues in New York, locals often prefer the famed Roseland Ballroom as their venue of choice to catch a show. The city’s esteemed venue in the Theater District that has hosted Beyoncé, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Korn, Frank Sinatra, and Guns N’ Roses, has announced that it will be closing its doors for good in April 2014 after nearly 100 years.

New York City native Lady Gaga will headline seven concerts at the Manhattan staple to commemorate the occasion. After selling out (capacity 3,200) six shows – March 28, 30, 31 and April 2, 4, 6 – the Artpop singer added another. The seventh and final record-setting show to her residency at Roseland Ballroom will be April 7 (Gaga will hold the record for the most consecutive concerts in the historic NYC venue). She will celebrate her 28th birthday at the first of her seven performances where New York music goers can enjoy live music off her latest album including Gaga’s most recent single featuring R Kelly “Do What U Want”.

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No Coupon Necessary: $5 NBA Games

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This month it doesn’t have to be Black Friday for you to be a savings superstar, as some of the hottest NBA teams are offering tickets that cost as much as a Subway footlong sandwich (cue the $5 jingle). That’s right, snag a seat to watch your favorite teams on the court that’s cheaper than parking—no coupon necessary!

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Drop a Dime to Watch Nation’s Top Freshmen

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This year’s NCAA freshmen class has NBA scouts excited about the 2014 draft. So much so, that their people are already talking about the benefits of having the worst season possible this year just to jockey for position. Hyped as one of the strongest draft classes in history, many feel the top pick will be one of three freshmen: Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, or Julius Randle. The trio’s star power is already on full display and is contributing to the national attention of their respective teams: Duke, Kansas, and Kentucky.

Each first-year player joined an already storied basketball program, evident by the high demand for tickets year-in and year-out from their loyal fanbases. In 2012, each of these elite squads boasted a top 5 ticket on the secondary market entering the season. The flashy freshmen are the faces of their programs this year and all are contributing to the heightened interest and 30+ percent increase in ticket prices to home games. Duke, Kansas, and Kentucky (in that order) are the most expensive College Basketball tickets on the secondary market for the 2013-14 season.

Most Expensive College Basketball Tickets 2013 Avg. Price 2012 Avg. Price
Duke Blue Devils $434.89 $264.55 (1) 64%
Kansas Jayhawks $274.76 $204.27 (5) 35%
Kentucky Wildcats $212.98 $161.42 (3) 32%

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Trail Blazers Hot Start Leads to 11% Increase in Ticket Prices

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Like the Indiana Pacers, the Portland Trail Blazers are off to a hot start. They too are seeing a higher demand for tickets to home games as a result of their stellar performance on the court. Prices for the next six games at the Moda Center have climbed 11% since regular season play began. Tickets to watch the Blazers take on Derrick Rose and Chicago (6-3) have seen the biggest jump in price at 38%. A win against the Bulls, would help quiet the naysayers who think that Portland’s wins are due to an easy stretch in their schedule.

Date Opponent Avg. Price (10/28) Avg. Price (11/20)
11/22/13 Chicago Bulls $115.38 $159.60 38.33%
11/25/13 New York Knicks $98.09 $102.91 4.91%
12/02/13 Indiana Pacers $63.71 $79.42 24.66%
12/04/13 Oklahoma City Thunder $116.74 $119.85 2.66%
12/06/13 Utah Jazz $73.45 $77.68 5.76%
12/07/13 Dallas Mavericks $91.15 $102.81 12.80%
 TOTAL $92.05 $101.84 10.63%

Portland finished last year’s campaign at 33-49, losing their last 13 and missing the postseason for the second year in a row; and while the Trail Blazers young core around two-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge and 2013 Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard was projected to improve this season with the additions of former top-5 pick Thomas Robinson and 2013 first round draft pick CJ McCollum, many were wondering if they should believe the hype. While we are only 11 games in, the team is 6th in the league in points per game and that is without their rookie guard McCollum (broken foot). Portland’s offense is soaring; the Blazers are one of the elite three point shooting teams in the league, raking in the fourth most 3-pointers with 10, but also shooting with the fourth best percentage (.422). Aldridge is averaging 22.6 points a game and according to NBA.com is on pace to challenge the record for most midrange jumpers attempted in a season (currently held by Michael Jordan). At 9-2, the Blazers have logged their franchise’s best record to start the season since 1999.

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Top 5 College Football Rivalries in 2013 Based on Ticket Prices

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Iron Bowl tickets are more expensive than any BCS Bowl Game this season except the National Championship game. Michigan vs. Ohio State tickets are 47% more expensive than Big Ten Football Championship tickets. Why? Because nothing beats College Football Rivalry Week. It defines a season, divides households, and gives the winning team’s fans bragging rights for the entire year. A win against your rival can erase a bad season, save a coach’s job (or in USC case, earn one), win you top recruits, and sell a greater number of season tickets for the following year. A rivalry win gives students, alumni, and fans entitlement, the right to play their fight song at work, wear their school’s letters, and wave their University flags in front of their homes with pride. Often times we work with our rivals, and even live with our rivals, so a loss can mean a substantial amount of stress, tormenting, and an hourly reminder that your school is insignificant to its rival. Rivalries are created within city/state borders, among private and public schools, and midst elite programs. Some are old and some are new, but each is significant.

One rule I’ve learned over the years, is anything can happen on rivalry week. Perfect seasons are shattered, the unexpected happens, the underdog is not existent. Rivalry week this year will solidify many division and conference champions, and for some squash or heighten their chances at a bowl game. With so much of the line in an already highly-anticipated annual event, demand to attend these rivalry games is extremely high. Many of the 50,000+ seats in each stadium have been sold, so your best chance to get in is purchasing a ticket on the secondary market. And, while you can watch the game with your co-workers or family at home or at a bar, there is nothing like saying “I was there” when your team gets the (un)expected win on rivalry week. Plus, doesn’t it just put the cherry on top and give you more ammunition when you return to work on Monday if you were at the stadium to experience the victory?

College Football’s biggest rivalries will largely be played next weekend. The time is now to get out those fight song key chains, pull out your letterman jacket, and grab a ticket to the most important regular season game of the year.

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A Little Friendly Competition: Barclays Center vs. Madison Square Garden

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Last year, New York City’s greatest crosstown rivalry gained some new momentum, with the opening of Barclay’s Center in the borough of Brooklyn. Forget the Giants-Jets, Islanders-Rangers, and Mets-Yankees enmity—the true battle lies in music, more specifically, music venues. Nothing is more exciting than the newly emerged rivalry between the iconic Madison Square Garden and the new Barclays Center for best venue in New York City. To add some more fuel to the culture feud, Brooklyn native and hype-extraordinaire, Jay-Z, spearheaded the opening of the venue in September last year, with eight consecutive sold-out concerts. The opening of Barclay’s Center officially marks the first major league team in recent history to call Brooklyn home, and as such, the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets competition was reborn. But with the new arena, the Manhattan-Brooklyn tension delves deeper than sports, into music, as the boroughs will now rival visiting artists.

We worked out the logistics and found that tickets at the Garden are just $5 more on average than Barclays. Out of the 21 shows we have lined up at MSG, the average price is $286, and out of the 19 shows we have lined up at BC, the average price $281. This leaves Brooklynites and Manhattanites at a stalemate. As of now, opposed to monetary value, crossing the river is purely a matter of taste in choosing a venue. To stay tried and true? Or out with the old and in with the new?

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Lovin’ Journey, Steve Miller Band 2014 Tour Announcement

journey-ticketsWith a combined 110 million albums sold, Journey and Steve Miller Band will tour together next year. The early tour date announcement gives fans a chance to plan ahead for what is “sure to be an in-demand ticket for summer 2014” according to Pollstar. The San Francisco bands start their journey across the U.S. May 15 in Chula Vista and end August 1 in Las Vegas. The groups will hit close to 40 cities including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Toronto, and Detroit during that time period with supporting act Tower of Power. The trio will be touring together for the first time ever.

“It’s going to be a San Francisco musical delight from the past and present, moving full speed ahead into the future!”

There are so many classics for fans to rock out to during the band’s sets; and while we don’t know which hits will end up on the set-list, fans hope Journey’s greatest “Don’t Stop Believin’”, “Faithfully”, “Open Arms”, and “Any Way You Want It” are on it. Journey’s current line-up, including founding members guitarist Neal Schon and bassist Ross Valory as well as longtime member keyboard player Jonathan Cain, recently toured four continents, selling more than half a million tickets in 2013. The band’s 2011 World Tour may have been their most successful tour ever; they earned the “Legend of Live Award” at the Billboard Touring Awards that year “to honor the band’s contributions to live music and the touring business and to acknowledge their commitment to fans and the art of performing live.”

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