The Week in TicketCity Search – The Houston Rodeo Has Bands, Literally

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Jan. 13th
1 2 George Strait
2 - Seahawks
3 1 One Direction
4 7 Coachella
5 - Luke Bryan
6 10 Super Bowl
7 - Houston Rodeo
8 3 WWE
9 - Justin Timberlake
10 - Jason Aldean

George wins the week, with 1D falling to #3 thanks to a little more football fever. The Seahawks bid for the NFC championship shoots them to second place. They have home field advantage against the Niners this Sunday. Still time to pick up tickets to the game if you’re going to be in The 206 this weekend. Spoiler alert, there is a chance of rain. Those looking a little deeper into the playoffs pushed the Super Bowl up #6 this week.

Coachella gains three to land at #4. I suspect it will depart soon, as the actual shows are still a few months off. The post-announcement honeymoon is coming to a close. Familiar faces return this week, chief among them Luke Bryan. He is joined by countdown favorites Justin Timberlake and Jason Aldean a little further down the list.

The Houston Rodeo make this year debut in the seventh spot as the full concert schedule dropped this week. As usual, big names abound, including the aforementioned Mr. Bryan as well as the Eli Young Band, Usher, Maroon 5, Robin Thicke, and Keith Urban. Brad Paisley gets things started on 4th, and the Zac Brown Band will close things out on the 23rd.

Almost closing out the Houston Rodeo is The Band Perry, who will be performing on the 22nd of March. If you’re counting, and I am, that’s three “Bands” in the lineup this year. Instead of posting the insufferable promo video of them doing the Houston Rodeo line-up announcement, let’s just watch a video. This video is, I’ll say… “inspired by” the game of chess. Raises some questions about the artistic director’s familiarity with the fan base. On the other hand, it’s people running at either and then punching, so maybe I take that back.

The Loudest Stadium in the World – CenturyLink Field

Making a difference in Seattle

Football (soccer) fans are known worldwide for being loud and having some of the best displays of fandom you’ll ever see, but when it comes to noise there’s a new king — the fans at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Everyone has known for a while that it was loud at Seahawks games, but no one knew how loud until recently.

During their dominating win over the 49ers a few weeks ago, they broke the record for decibel level set by fans of Turkish club Galatasaray S.K., which is no easy feat. Here’s what the Turk Telekom Arena looked like before their match against the Manchester United:

Intimidating no matter who you are. Fans also wait for their opponents at the Instanbul airport holding “Welcome to Hell” signs.

The Turkish club beat a much more talented Manchester United club that day, and it goes to show how much fans and a good homefield advantage can affect the game. The day the 12th Man in CenturyLink Field broke the decibel record, the Seahawks manhandled a 49ers team that had just reached the Super Bowl in February. Last season, Seattle won home games with scores of 27-7, 28-7, 42-13 and 58-0. The rest of the NFC was lucky that the Seahawks didn’t have homefield in the playoffs.

You're right on top of the field at CenturyLink, it's no surprise the crowd gets so into the game.

Here was my view. You’re right on top of the field at CenturyLink, it’s no surprise the crowd gets so into the game.

It’s not just football in Seattle, the city has become known for having the best support nationwide for their Major League Soccer team, the Seattle Sounders. The games are sold out, and the chanting, tifos and crowd noise is unparalleled in U.S. soccer. It’s no surprise a lot of the same people are at Seahawks games every Sunday. Seattle soccer fans were rewarded for their passion by getting to host a U.S. World Cup Qualifying game in June at CenturyLink Field, their first since 1976 in the city. The fans, media and players all left Seattle after a 2-0 win over Panama thinking the same thing, ‘Can we just make Seattle our home city in the U.S.?” I was at that game along with the rest of the U.S. World Cup Qualifiers this year, and it was definitely the loudest soccer game I’ve ever been to. Seattle is winning the day in both football and soccer, and it looks like it won’t be long before they get an NHL franchise, or even their Sonics back.

In a time where the NFL is raking in revenues of over $10 billion a year and the fan feels like the little guy more than ever, here’s a place where you can make a difference. You can be at the game and be part of the reason the Seahawks (or whoever your team is) are untouchable at home. The parity in the NFL is tremendous when compared to college football, so when you add in that college-football type passion to an NFL game  it can definitely make the difference between a win and a loss.

Watch Marshawn Lynch’s Fantastic Run… In 8-Bit!

It was one of the most stunning upsets in NFL history—the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks quickly ending the New Orleans Saints’ big for back-to-back championships in the first round of the playoffs. The highlight of the game, and maybe the whole post-season, was running back Marshawn Lynch’s 67-yard run that put Seattle up for good. You may have seen the replay of it if you had ESPN or any of the pre-game shows on, but thanks to the internet, you can now check out what it would look like if we lived in an 8-bit Nintendo world! KIRO-AM’s Steve Raible has the call…

The First Round Of The NFL Playoffs Is Set!

It came down to literally the last game of the season, but the NFL Playoffs schedule has been finalized.

In the AFC, the NY Jets and the Indianapolis Colts battle in Indiana in a rematch of last year’s AFC championship game, which the Colts won 30-17. The second game will take place in Kansas City, where the Chiefs will take on the Baltimore Ravens. The AFC West-champions are 7-1 at home, its only loss coming in the last game against the Oakland Raiders.

On the other side of the bracket sees last year’s champs, the New Orleans Saints, take on the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle won the NFC West crown with a 7-9 record, and thus becomes the only team with a sub-.500 record to enter the playoffs. On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers head to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles to finish out the Wild Card weekend. It was their week one meeting where Michael Vick began his ascent back into the mainstream (and which the Eagles won).

For more information about the games, or to get your seats before it’s too late, check out TicketCity’s NFL Playoffs Page.