But I Wanna Go To The Game

Get Concert Tickets on StubHub.com!I feel like the grumpy old man with my most recent postings.  First stadium rules and now my “not-so-nice” feelings about ticket prices.

And when I say ticket prices I am referring to ticket brokers.  And when I say ticket brokers I am referring to Stub Hub.

We are beginning to see signs of the economy improving.  True, you might have to look really hard for those signs but they are there.  But regardless of the improving economy, money is still tight for most fans.  And unfortunately the wallet shrinkage isn’t being accompanied with a decrease in the stresses of everyday life.

Stress remains high.  We fans need our escape from home, from work, from kids, from significant others.  Our answer has always been a trip to the stadium or ball park.  A good tailgate followed by some baseball or football, followed by more tailgating.

Living in an area of a die-hard fan-base it is difficult to purchase football and baseball tickets directly from the teams.  Tickets are sold-out and spots on season ticket waiting lists are often passed on in wills.

If a fan wants to see the local team they are most often forced to seek tickets from an outside ticket broker (sure there is always the option of an e-bay auction, but who has the time to monitor prices all-day only to be outbid with seconds remaining in the auction).

And when we visit these ticket broker sites the prices are ridiculously over-priced.  It is difficult to find tickets that aren’t at least twice face value.  I understand people wanting to make themselves a profit, but come on people stop with the greed.

The sky-high prices are killing the joy of going to a game live.  If you do end up dishing out money for tickets, your at-the-stadium budget is depleted.  Throw in parking costs and we are looking at non-existent beer funds (gotta keep the tailgate buzz going inside the stadium).  And if you decide against forking over the money for the tickets, well that means no pre and post game tailgates!

This rant is probably pointless because of the whole supply and demand theory.  But what an amazing thing it would be if there was a way to regulate the prices that ticket brokers charge!

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2 thoughts to “But I Wanna Go To The Game”

  1. Chris,

    As a fan in Houston, I understand exactly what you are feeling. But as a former ticket broker, I feel I must give you insight as to what goes into aquiring those tickets. Sure, sometimes they are 2 or 3 times the face value or more. But brokers rarely get their tickets for face value. They buy seats from season ticket holders that don’t want certain games or can’t use the tickets. Depending on where the seats are also ups the price that they pay for them, back to your supply and demand theory. And often they have to buy seats for less desirable games in order to get the big ones. Also remember that once the game is over, if they haven’t sold them, it’s a worthless piece of paper. I used to have athletes and former athletes sell me premium tickets that never went on sale to the public, so you can imagine what the demand was for those. Also, most of these businesses are in this for years, and depending on how a team is performing, determines what the price of those tickets are. At least in Houston anyway. If the Astros, Rockets, or Texans are at the bottom of the division, it’s hard selling tickets for more than face value. When they are hot, 2 million people want to go to the games. Some years are good… some years suck. I too usually can’t afford to pay more than face value for tickets AND be able to afford the food and drinks inside. But if you tailgate, see what tickets are going for just before gametime. If they’re still too high, take your money to the nearest sports bar and have a great time with your buddies. After all, it doesn’t matter where you are when you have fun… just have fun.


  2. Funny you should say that as I was think the say think while checking for tickets on-line.But there is a way! It’s the PA Attorney General’s office. They are suppose to enforce the law about scalping of tickets. What I can’t figure out is how StubHub is not investigated/sued over this. They provide the forum for ticket holders to break the law and they collect a fee based on those inflated prices! We should stop being sheep and grow a pair and complain. How about demonstration in front of the stadium Holiday Inn where StubHub has an office. I love to connect with like minded pople on this issue to see if we can make a difference.

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