The Week in TicketCity Search – A Clarity of Direction

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Apr. 9th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 1 One Direction
2 3 Justin Bieber
3 7 Kentucky Derby
4 5 Texas Rangers
5 - Beyoncé
6 6 Bruce Springsteen
7 4 Drake
8 - Jimmy Buffet
9 - Detroit Tigers
10 - Kevin Hart

Not only did One Direction win again this week, but with the largest margin yet. They are posting numbers I rarely recall seeing before, digits that outstrip some of the biggest sporting events of the year, including one on this very list. Perhaps feeling the heat, fans of the esteemed Mr. Bieber have stepped things up, pushing him to the (still really distant) #2 spot. Credit where due, Bieber hit the second spot without any tour dates.

That sporting event alluded to earlier is the Kentucky Derby, and its little sister, the Kentucky Oaks. Together they posted #3 this week. There’s still a few weeks to get your plans set for a visit to Louisville and Churchill Downs. Two minutes of your trip are covered, the rest you can fill with the amazing sights, sounds and spectacle of Derby day.

Rangers fans are ready for the home opener, pushing them up a notch to #4, and relative countdown newcomer Beyoncé Knowles arrives in the #5 spot. Beyoncé’s return to live shows is set for the end of May in a three night stand at the brand new Revel Atlantic City casino. This promises to be a hot ticket despite the lack of English teenagers.

Springsteen stays put and once again kicks off the bottom half of the countdown, where Drake lands after dropping a few spots. Jimmy Buffet has been absent for a while, but with a new tour returns to the countdown this week. Finally, Kevin Hart takes over the comedy spot this week for Daniel Tosh who dropped off the list.

It’s More Than Just a Two Minute Race

It's all about the hats.

It could not be any more different than where and how I grew up but I can’t wait to make my way to Churchhill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. I don’t know what a Mint Julep is but 120,000 of them are served every year at the Kentucky Derby so I should at least have two just to try. The biggest draw of the event is the hats. Old school or new school, big or small, feathered or flowered the parade of hats has become a time-honored tradition. While women rule the day on the hats, don’t be shocked to see men rocking a special lid for the day as well.

Let’s be honest, the Kentucky Derby is about the event, about the history, about the tradition and the spectacle because after all, it is just a two minute race. While some refer to it as the greatest two minutes in sports, in the end, it’s really quite simple for me. There are a lot of people having fun and I want to be one of them.

Sean Adams is a contributing writer on ESPN.com, radio host on 104.9 ESPN Austin’s “The Adams Theory”, author, and motivational speaker. Sean is a guest author on the TicketCity blog.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Direction with Magnitude

Week of
Apr. 2nd
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 1 One Direction
2 2 Kid’s Choice Awards
3 5 Justin Bieber
4 4 Drake
5 6 Texas Rangers
6 8 Bruce Springsteen
7 7 Kentucky Derby
8 10 Masters Tournament
9 - Daniel Tosh
10 - Aerosmith

If this One Direction streak continues, I will rapidly run out of puns for the title of this update. Continue it does, with another strong #1 placement by the latest set of lads from the UK to have enthralled audiences stateside. The Kid’s Choice Awards #2 spot on the countdown is all the more impressive as it represents the short rush between last week’s update and the actual award show taking place the next day.

#3 goes to Kids Choice Award selection for Favorite Male Singer, who, no doubt, narrowly edged out Toby Keith for the prize. Mr. Beiber also won for Biggest Slime of the Night.

Rounding out the top five we have the Rangers. MLB Opening Day is on the books, but the Rangers home opener is tonight in Arlington.

Springsteen leads off the bottom five, with a boost from last week’s #8 spot. The Derby holds steady at #7 while the Masters climbs a couple spots as well. Still have time to get down to Augusta for the championship rounds this weekend.

Finally, Tosh pops back into the countdown, and Aerosmith’s “Global Warming Tour” with Cheap Trick brings us to a close.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Taking Direction

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Mar. 26th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 1 One Direction
2 3 Kid’s Choice Awards
3 2 Final Four
4 5 Drake
5 4 Justin Bieber
6 - Texas Rangers
7 8 Kentucky Derby
8 7 Bruce Springsteen
9 - Sony Ericsson Open
10 10 Masters Tournament

One Direction brutally crushed the competition again this week, in manner that does not befit a clean cut, non-threatening boy band. The Kid’s Choice Awards, most likely on the strength of a performance by that same boy band, arrives in second, and the biggest event in college basketball comes in third. The entire top five features the same events as last week, with just a couple swaps in position.

The bottom five isn’t much different either. Spring is in the air, and baseball follows soon after. Last season’s AL Champs, the Texas Rangers, start things off. Fans are ready for another shot at a World Series win this season.

Big spring events crowd the bottom five, with the Derby and Masters joined by the Sony Ericsson Open. Colloquially known as the Miami Open or Miami Masters, this tournament isn’t a Grand Slam, but it’s close. It is one of a small number of tournaments on the ATP tour with a draw larger than 64 players, other than the four Grand Slams. It’s a great way for value-minded tennis fans to see a big tournament without paying Grand Slam premium prices (or flying around the world).

The Week in TicketCity Search – The Direction is Up

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Mar. 19th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 - One Direction
2 1 NCAA Tournament
3 2 Kid’s Choice Awards
4 4 Justin Bieber
5 - Drake
6 3 Austin Rodeo
7 - Bruce Springsteen
8 - Kentucky Derby
9 - KISS
10 - Masters Tournament

One Direction bested all of college basketball in the heart of “madness” this week, so I think that means tween girls everywhere just won the office bracket pool. The UK boy band crushed the competition, even when all things NCAA were yet again bundled into a single entry. The “Up All Night Tour” will be hitting the shores of North America in late May and continue through July.

One Direction will be performing at #3, the Kid’s Choice Awards, so stateside audiences can enjoy a little preview of the tour. Entry #4 is a nominee, so quite a big night for the Kid’s Choice Awards.

In its final week, the Austin Rodeo slipped to #6. Springsteen returns to #7, and the Derby makes another appearance at #8.

In other, slightly more rock-oriented tour news, KISS is paring up with umlaut aficionados Mötley Crüe on “The Tour.” The two hard rock legends will be filling arenas near you starting in July and finishing up in September.