The Week in TicketCity Search – Saints Marching Up

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Sept 2nd
1 - New Orleans Saints
2 - Justin Timberlake
3 6 SF 49ers
4 - Pink
5 - TCU Football
6 5 Dallas Cowboys
7 - LSU Football
8 - US Open Tennis
9 - Chicago Bears
10 - Notre Dame Football

What a difference two weeks makes. Only two survivors and even more football. The latter isn’t especially surprising considering the season. Football season proper ushers in this week, after all. The Saints come out on top, with the 49ers moving up to third place, and the Cowboys landing in sixth place.

On the college side, the Horned Frogs of TCU come in fifth place, followed by LSU in seventh and Notre Dame in tenth. This may be the first time the Fighting Irish have shown up in a top 10. 2012 took them all the way to the BCS, and this year they’ll be looking to return for a win this time around.

It’s not all pigskin this week. Justin Timberlake manages to secure the second spot, and Pink returns to grab the fourth spot. The US Open’s last full week grabs eight place. The championship rounds run through Monday and there are tickets still available.

With Pink back, why not welcome her with this week’s video selection? Here’s her last #1 single “Just Give Me a Reason”, featuring Nate Ruess. When not hanging with Pink, Nate fronts the band fun. When the band’s name is written at the end of a sentence, the period pulls double duty.

The Week in TicketCity Search – July 29th

TicketCity Week in Search

1 1 Adele
2 5 Katy Perry
3 2 Justin Bieber
4 4 Jason Aldean
5 - Dallas Cowboys
6 3 Taylor Swift
7 - Lil Wayne
8 6 Selena Gomez
9 - Notre Dame Football
10 - Mississippi State Football

Adele hangs onto the top spot this week. She leads off a countdown that sees a little more variety returning. Coming in second is Katy Perry, who surged to the #2 spot after a few weeks in the middle of the countdown. Katy’s California Dreams Tour continues throughout summer and on into fall and winter. It will be interesting to see if she can hang on once we get closer to football season. By the end of August, concert performers have lot more competition on the top 10.

I’m probably not breaking the news that the NFL season is back on as of… last Monday. That was reflected in the countdown this week as “America’s Team” enters at #5. While the Dallas Cowboys are the only NFL team to make it this week, there is more football to be found in the bottom half of the list.

College football makes another appearance after a brief peak from LSU back on the 15th. Fans of the storied Notre Dame football legacy are eager to see how they fare this season. The SEC’s Mississippi State Bulldogs round out the list. With the NFL back, college football will once again share the stage this season as they have most every year. While it may have been interesting to see what emerged from a college football-only season, there’s a lot of people very relieved it’s business as usual, us included.

Top Rivalry Games in College Football

Success on the field (i.e.- wins & losses) is often the biggest driving force behind demand for a game.  Two top 10 teams are generally going to draw a lot more interest from fans than two teams with losing records.  The games that are usually the exception to that rule are rivalry games.  Because no matter what the team’s record is, their fans still want to be there to see them beat their rival.

Rankings of the top rivalry games typically skews towards which sets of teams are more in the national spotlight (i.e.- winning games).  Which makes demand cyclical for certain rivalry games, as the teams fall off slightly.  E.g.- Tennessee and Florida is a strong rivalry game, but it used to be the top game when Tennessee was a consistent top 10 team.  The Apple Cup (Washington versus Washington State) has also fallen back a bit while the two programs move through some lean years.

So what are the hottest rivalry games right now?  Below is a list of the top games as we head into October 2009.  These games are ranked on average ticket price, so they are subject to change. 

Top 10 College Football Rivalry Games (as of 10/1/2009)
1. Texas vs Oklahoma
2. USC vs Notre Dame
3. Florida vs LSU
4. Florida vs Georgia
5. Ohio State vs Michigan
6. Alabama vs Auburn
7. Oklahoma vs Nebraska
8. Texas vs Texas A&M
9. Oklahoma vs Oklahoma State
10. USC vs UCLA