The Week in TicketCity Search – Direction with Magnitude

Week of
Apr. 2nd
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
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
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.

The Mystique of Augusta

Few sporting events have the history and mystique of The Masters. While the epic duels and thrilling finishes are part of the reason, perhaps more responsible is the event’s location–Augusta National. The course has been host to the tournament every years since 1934, and each hole has has taken on a life of its own. As the world’s best get set tee off at Augusta on April 7, the golf world’s attention will be once again be turned toward the course and the surrounding city.

Nearly every hole at Augusta is steeped in history, but perhaps the most well known piece of the course is the 11th, 12th and 13th holes – more commonly referred to as Amen Corner. The three hole stretch has often determined who will be leaving with the green jacket and has been home to some of the most memorable shots in Masters history. In 1937, it was golf legend Byron Nelson that conquered Amen Corner, going birdie-eagle on the 12th and 13th on his way to the win.

But there are more than just famous holes to this piece of golf lore. The picturesque course is home to some iconic features as well – none more famous than Magnolia Lane. The main driveway from the road to the clubhouse, the street is lined with 61 beautiful magnolia trees more than 150 years old.

For fans heading to Augusta, the area is rife with activity outside of the tournament as well. The nightlife in the city is especially diverse and features something for everyone. If you’re in the mood for an upscale dance club, Vue is one of the most well-respected venues in the Augusta area and holds Masters-themed events all week long. Those looking to catch some early-season baseball action should head over to Somewhere in Augusta – a sports bar with plenty of televisions to satisfy even the most ravenous fan.

Not interested in a night out? No problem. There are plenty of other attractions as well. The old First Baptist Church is like a window into history with its austere Corinthian columns and is the perfect stop for those looking to take in some impressive architecture. Perhaps you’re just looking for a place to unwind after a day on the course? Augusta Common may be one of the city’s best hidden treasures, as the 2-and-a-half acre park offers beautiful views and relaxing scenery.