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Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Buying Sports Tickets

Everyone loves sports. Every time there is a game, we gather together and move and act together like one big massive organism (or two organisms; the second one for the rival team's supporter). There is the loud, raucous but somehow melodic roar from the stands, as well as applause that sound like rainshower. We call a quadrennial multi-sport event the “greatest show on earth”, perhaps because almost all of the world stops for a few weeks to just watch it.

For us spectators, die-hard fans and occasional viewers alike, watching our favorite teams and athletes in action ranks as one of the best pleasures in life (for sports purists, just being treated to a good match is enough). The stadium is where we have to be when our favorite guys (or gals) play, and needless to say we need to tickets be there. Tickets can be easy or difficult to acquire, depending on the quality of the teams or athletes playing. Whatever kind of game you are set to watch, the following are a few things to keep in mind to make purchasing tickets smoother.

One of the first places to go to when looking to buy tickets at face value is at primary outlets. These include the ticket box offices at the event venues and authorized primary distributors like Ticketmaster. When buying tickets to high-profile games, it is always best to come early, whether buying directly at the event venues or through distributors before the bulk buyers and the general crowds beat everyone else to it. An event is considered sold out when all the tickets have been purchased, even though the secondary distributors have not sold all their supplies yet.

Season tickets are a good way to avoid the rush, and they can even be resold if the original users are no longer interested in watching the remaining games of their teams.

Another good place to source sports tickets is in the secondary market, which include ticket brokers and individual ticket-owners who wish to resell their spare tickets. A third group, though illegal, continues to have patronage albeit from desperate buyers.

Tickets from the secondary market are not often sold at face value, and seating options range from very limited to very varied. Individual owners who are reselling have tickets to seats of their preference, which may not be what possible buyers are looking for. Brokers have more choices to offer though they might charge higher than individual sellers. They, however, offer much better and secure protection against fake or fraudulent tickets.

Buying tickets online is a good alternative for those who prefer to not physically go to ticket offices. For just a minimal shipping and handling fee, buyers get to have their tickets delivered to their homes.

There are different delivery methods, depending on the website, but the most common is through door-to-door courier service. Others provide will-calling and/or e-ticket options. Ticketmaster has a fourth option, which is what they call the Paperless Ticket. Upon entry to the stadium, a buyer presents their credit card (plus a valid government-issued ID) that they used to purchase their tickets. The credit card then serves as the their tickets.

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