Could they sell me a ticket to game that's already happened? I mean, if I buy the ticket for the Dallas/Arizona game after the New Orleans/Arizona game, could they legally sell me a seat for an event that's already happened?
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I don't think they'd be interested in doing that anyway. That would just be a way for Dallas fans to get into the stadium if they're willing to pay extra (ie an extra ticket for a game that's already happened). The Cardinals don't want Dallas fans coming in at all.
The Jaguars would do this, but that would mean they'd never sell out.
Originally posted by spfThis is pretty normal in baseball. If you want to buy tickets for the White Sox vs. Cubs at Sox Park, you have to buy at least a 13 game plan.
This happened to me in Philly. I was there on business, but it was when the Red Sox were in town. So, the only want to buy tickets for one of these games from the Phillies was to buy tickets to 5 (or maybe 6) other games. Of course, even the additional 5 games you had to purchase were limited. Luckily, some nice gentlemen at the stadium were engaging in a little ticket arbitrage. That was a lot cheaper than buying tickets to five other games.
I see this less of keeping the Dallas fan out and more of money going into Bidwell's pocket. Either the Dallas fans are going to buy both, or the ticket brokers are going to buy both, and just incorporate whatever they pay for the preseason game into the resale price. It is less likely for the casual Cardinal fan to purchase this game, as they could purchase a ticket to another game without having to make the additional purchase. And, correct me if I'm wrong, but the money for preseason games doesn't go into the pot that goes towards the salary cap but just into ownerships pocket. If the Bidwell's can make a buck without having to do anything, they will.
Well, all this does is require people to buy tickets to this game before the season starts and to purchase at least one other game. If I read this right, all you have to do is buy tickets to at least two games and you don't have to buy the preseason, so the thinking is that Cardinal fans will be buying more than one game right now anyway.
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The Bengals pulled the same stunt in '05 when the Packers came to town to limit the green-and-gold in the stands. Still ended up with plenty of cheeseheads in the stands.
I believe Tampa Bay might've done it as well, after a Trent Dilfer rant about the 20,000 Packer fans at the Old Sombrero for a Pack/Bucs contest. (Then again, the old America's Pack fan club held a HYOOOOOOOOGE tailgate party every year for that game.)
The last year we lived in SD I believe you had to either be a season ticket holder, or buy a six game package to buy tickets for when the Raiders came to town.
EVEN with that, there were still plenty of Raiders fans in attendance. We had to have photo id proving that we lived where we said we did to even get close to our complex, and there was no street parking for miles around the stadium.
I think this somewhat backfired on them, as many season ticket holder avoid this game like the plague, and it allowed them to sell their tickets for much more.
Trends of the future, I think. Between this and variable pricing the old "what the hell, we have time to kill, lets see if we can get tickets to the game" plans are going to disappear. Which is, incidentally, how I wound up going to my first NFL game. Family vacation to Florida when I was 9 or 10, visiting some friends of my parents in Tampa. On Sunday, at around 11:30, in the late 80s. Saw that the Bucs had the Saints at home, and my dad said "what the hell, lets go" For clear reasons, getting tickets was no problem, and, miracle of miracles, at the time at least, the Bucs won, and all the scoring happened at our end of the stadium.
Of course, at the rate my romantic life is going, by the time I have a kid to take to the game, I'll probably have to plan it 2 years in advance, and if the kid doesn't like football, screw it, he's going to have to suffer.
I don't think that there's any connection to wins. If they're in the Final BCS top 8, they get a berth. If they're in the Final BCS top 12, they're "considered," and it would shock me if they didn't get one of the two at-larges.