Final Four Finale

This weekend heats up as college basketball comes to a close. Indianapolis will host the Men’s Final Four on April 3rd & 5th  while San Antonio will host the Women’s Final Four on April 4th & 6th.

Two years ago San Antonio hosted the Men’s Final Four tournament and I had the privilege to attend. Though I grew up near San Antonio, I almost didn’t recognize the Alamodome and Sunset Station. The city center transformed into a buzzing sea of energetic basketball fans. There was music, dancing, food, and smiles all around as the Texas spring sun warmed everyone up for the hot tournament. If you’re looking for a fun time with friends or family, the Final Four is definitely worth it. Tickets are still available for both tournaments!

Here’s a quick recap of my 2008 San Antonio Final Four experience.

Derby Mania!

Churchill Downs Tickets

The Triple Crown of thoroughbred horse racing kicks off in a month with the 136th annual Kentucky Derby. Dubbed as “The Greates Two Minutes in Sports,” the Derby is one of the premier sporting events in the world.

Steeped in history and tradition, the “red carpet” event attracts avid racing fans and celebrities alike. Here’s a run down of a few treasured traditions:

* The Twin Spires – As the international symbol of Churchill Downs, the spires were designed by a 24-year-old Joseph Baldez and constructed in 1895. All these years later the original architectural design still stands as a testiment to time honored traditions.

* The Song – “My Old Kentucky Home” was written by Stephen Foster and has been played by the University of Louisville marching band as the horses make their way to the starting gate since 1936. Be sure to learn the lyrics before attending!

* The Fashion – From ultra chic to absolutely ridiculous, hats are THE fashion accessory for men and women at the Derby. Head to your favorite millinery to get the perfect personalized hat for you!

* The Silks – Colorful jockey uniforms or “silks” were adopted by King Charles II in 17th century England to identify horses. The tradition was carried over from England and still stands today as Churchill Downs houses hundreds of silks.

* The Mint Julep -  As the traditional beverage of the Derby for over a decade, the mint julep consists of sugar, water, fresh mint, ice and whisky. Roughly 120,000 mint juleps are served during the Kentucky Oaks & Derby each year.

* The Derby Trophy – Beginning in 1924, Churchill Downs has presented a gold trophy to the winning owener. The horse and rider atop the trophy are 18-karat gold cast from a mold while the rest of the trophy is entirely handcrafted.

* The Garland of Roses – The winner’s garland of roses is composed of 564 individual roses sewn into a satin blanket and first appeared in 1896. In 1904 the red rose became the official flower of the Kentucky Derby.

Be sure to secure your tickets to this year’s Kentucky Oaks & Derby!

Tennis’ Best Kept Secret

Well it’s really no secret at all, but what tennis fans worldwide don’t realize is that you can see your favorite tennis stars for a steal of a deal!  Each spring the Sony Ericsson Open hosts the world’s top tennis players in Miami, FL and tickets to the event often start at just $29.

Occuring now through April 4th, tennis fans can catch Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic, Venus Williams and many more. 

Though the US Open or Wimbledon would be an incredible experience, it’s a budget breaker for some. See great tennis for less while soaking in Miami’s perfectly spring sun.  Get your tickets today!

Masters in full swing…

Well not quite yet, but we’re only a few days away from the start of one of the most hyped Masters in recent years. Thanks to Tiger’s return, interest in the event has grown and golf fans everywhere want in on the action. Luckily badges are still available for those last-minute planners. TicketCity also has some incredible packages that include event entry plus hospitality.

For those who aren’t avid golf fans, experiencing the Masters is still a must. Here are a few tidbits about the Augusta National experience: 

* Botanical Beauty – Exclusive and revered, the course is dotted with bursts of blooming Azaleas, precisely manicured greens and towering trees.  Every hole on the course is named for the scenery surrounding it.

* Magnolia Lane – Lined with over 60 magnolia trees planted before the Civil War, the inspiring scene is the perfect setting for pictures of the Founders Circle & Clubhouse.

* Economical Concessions – Don’t be fooled by the entry cost, once inside the grounds, food and alcoholic beverages start at less than $2.

* Polos and Putters – Stop in at the Masters gift shop - the only place to find official Masters memorabilia - then make your way to the putting green where the pros practice and autograph your gear.

Treat clients, family or friends to this unforgettable experience and secure your Masters badges or hospitality packages today!

Follow TicketCity for a chance to win!

Everyone likes to win and if anyone knows that it’s TicketCity. After 20 years in business, TicketCity has been a leader in the secondary ticketing market and winner of countless awards including one of the best places to work. The great thing about TicketCity is that we like to share the love. With an inventory of tickets to countless events nationwide, we often gives clients an opportunity to win some for free! All you have to do is follow us.

Follow us on Twitter, fan us on Facebook or sign up for emails for new opportunities to win. Currently we’re giving away a $250 gift card good for any event but hurry, the deadline to enter is 3/31/10.

We also have a College Hoops Bracket Contest running in which one winner will receive the College Sports Ticket Trifecta  – a gift card good for 2 tickets to the College World Series, BCS Championship and 2011 Final Four!

Recently we posted a Taylor Swift Facebook contest asking fans to sing 30 seconds of their favorite Taylor Swift song. We loved both videos below so much that we couldn’t just decide on one so both entries received two free tickets to the Austin concert!  Who doesn’t like to win? Be sure to follow, fan or sign up for our emails for more information!

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