The Week in TicketCity Search – Maybe Next Time, Drake

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Sept 9th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 5 Dallas Cowboys
2 6 SF 49ers
3 - Drake
4 8 US Open Tennis
5 7 LSU Football
6 - Washington Redskins
7 - Houston Texans
8 - Luke Bryan
9 2 Justin Timberlake
10 - Kanye West

Football rules once more this week. The Cowboys make a hail mary play that pays off, reaching the top, followed by the 49ers. Also returning this week are the Tigers of LSU, though they are the only representatives of college football to make it from the previous week.

Concerts reassert some dominance this week, with Drake landing in third place. His amusingly named “Would You Like a Tour” is going strong, with over forty dates left between now and December.

Really late US Open shoppers managed to push it back to the top five from only a few days worth of searches. In the record books now, Nadal puts another Grand Slam under his belt.

Luke Bryan returns after a break, and Justin Timberlake fell pretty hard from #2 to land at #9. He’s pretty limber, I’m sure he landed just fine. Finally, down at #10, Kanye himself arrives with the announcement of The Yeezus Tour. Kendrick Lamar will be tagging along on most of the tour, which currently comprises almost 30 dates between October and December.

Technically, I suppose I should put Drake in there since he’s the biggest new entry, but I fear Kanye would be cross with me if I did. So, here’s “Power.”

The Week in TicketCity Search – Saints Marching Up

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Sept 2nd
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
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.

US Open Week 1: Q&A with tennis blogger Brian Stacey

Do you think there will be any early upsets like at Wimbledon?
It’s always my fear buying tickets to a tennis event that everyone I want to see will be long gone by the time I sit down to watch the semifinals. I’m sure if you’ve bought your US Open tickets for the second week, you’ve been fearing another Wimbledon-style upset fest. I think we’ll see one or two upsets, but not the bloodbath that was week one of Wimbledon.

IMG_1090On the men’s side, I think the likeliest upset is David Ferrer getting knocked out by Ernests Gulbis in Round 3 – if not before then. Ferrer hasn’t had a great summer and I don’t think an open draw is enough motivation to get him through. He took advantage in Paris only to get rolled by Rafa in the finals. That may get in his head a bit here too. As for earlier upsets, I think the top seven will have no problem making it through the first two rounds.

On the women’s side, I think Kvitova’s good run in New Haven could spell trouble for her second round match against Andrea Petkovic. Petko’s been slowly coming back from injury and, before her absence, was a real presence at slams. I think Petko takes it in three long sets. Ana Ivanovic has a tough second round against Varvara Lepchenko. Lepchenko will have the home crowd behind her and her heavy hitting could be a bit much for Ivanovic.

Roger Federer goes in seeded 7th – how badly does this hurt his chances?
Whether he goes in as the seventh seed or the 107th seed, I think Federer’s chances are always good. Sure, on his worst days, he can lose to 116th Sergiy Stakhovsky, but on his best days, Roger Federer is one of the greatest tennis players of all time. The problem with being ranked outside the top four is that Federer has found himself in Rafa’s quarter. Does this destroy his chances? Surely not, but it does make the path significantly harder. At least he’d have an easier Semifinal to rest up for either Djoker or Murray in the finals. Possible matchups aside, Fed’s biggest obstacle isn’t his seventh seed but his back. If he hasn’t fully healed, that could be problematic from the first point of the tournament.

Which American has the best chance at making the finals?
Obviously Serena on the women’s side has the best chance. She’s on fire this summer and probably more motivated than ever to make sure she doesn’t end the season with one lonely slam title. She’s got a tough draw, but if she can make it through Sloane Stephens in the fourth round, she’s golden until the finals against rival Victoria Azarenka.

There’s no way to be anything but bold on the men’s side, so I’ll be very bold: Ryan Harrison. If he makes it through Nadal in the first round, this could be the breakout slam we’ve all been expecting from him. That confidence, along with his big serve and heavy baseline hitting could be just what he needs to see his first major final. Long shot? Definitely, but it really is for all the US men this year.

What are Radwanska’s chances of breaking through?
You could argue that winning one of her three Premier titles would be a breakthough. Or, taking a set off Serena in the 2012 Wimbledon final. But, with so many slamless #1’s, I think it’s fair to say it’s not a breakthrough until you’ve earned that grand slam title. Unfortunately for Agnieska Radwanka, she’s had a rough summer and I’m not sure it’s going to translate to a good run at Flushing Meadows. She’s likely to hit a very tough R4 against Wimbledon Finalist Sabine Lisicki before a quarterfinal matchup against Li Na (or Jelena Jankovic if she finds her form, which may be more worrisome than Li Na). After that, she’d have the semifinals against Serena and Final against Azarenka. With her consistency looking shaky this summer, I’m not sure she has it in her.

Brian Stacey is a longtime tennis fan who joins TicketCity for the two weeks of the US Open to to talk all things tennis & answer your questions via social media during the tournament. Brian tweets his thoughts over at @Roddickulous and blogs when time permits. He still believes that Andy Roddick will win a Wimbledon title and has eternal optimism about US Men’s tennis. When not tweeting about tennis, Brian works to bring the best credit card offers and advice over at CreditCardGuide.com.

10 Things To Know If You’re Going to the US Open

1. Don’t look so confused. Know what kind of access you get with your US Open ticket. You can learn more about how “Grounds Admission” tickets differ from regular US Open tickets here.

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2. There is no retractable roof,  so rain can be a factor. Try not get upset- most ticket companies, like TicketCity, have a Rain-Out Policy.

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3.  Come hungry. US Open food village has just about every type of food imaginable from deli classics and burgers, to ice cream, seafood, kosher dishes, pizza, barbecue and alcoholic beverages.

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4. Admission to the USTA grounds is free on Arthur Ashe Kids Day.

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5. But you’ll need to buy a ticket to the Stadium show, featuring kid friendly performers like Austin Mahone and Fifth Harmony.

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6.  Choose the fastest way to get there. The best way to get from Manhattan to the stadium is to either take the #7 subway train or the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR).

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7. Leave it at home. Backpacks, hard coolers, glass bottles, alcohol, video cameras, computers or laptops, weapons, banners or signs, noisemakers, or tennis racquets are not allowed on the premises.

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8. Don’t get stuck in line. Enter  by the South Gate. East Gate is packed with morning crowds coming off the subway/LIRR.

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9. Wear sunglasses. (A hat and sunblock will also make you happier.)

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10. Sleep is for rookies. There have been some legendary matches during the night session that stretched well past midnight. So drink your coffee!

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Still have questions? Visit our US Open page for more info.

2013 U.S. Open tickets 12% More Expensive than 2012

Just about one month in advance of the U.S. Open Tennis Championship, many sessions have sold out for America’s Grand Slam event. But with seven countries represented in the current ATP Top 10, it is international flavor, which has created big demand for a taste of U.S. Open tennis tickets.

US Open PricesOverall, 2013 U.S. Open Tennis tickets are averaging $348 per seat, 12% higher than last year’s figure.  Sessions 1-22 of the U.S. Open run through the Men’s and Women’s quarterfinals. The odd-numbered sessions mark the daytime sessions, which kick off at 11am. The even-numbered sessions are those in the evening, which begin at 7pm. In terms of average ticket prices, it is no big surprise that tickets get progressively more expensive as the tournament goes on. However, get-in prices remain relatively inexpensive and rather consistent throughout the first 22 sessions.

Although one might think that U.S. Open tennis tickets to the Men’s Final would be the most expensive session of the tournament, it is actually only the second most expensive. Session 24, containing the Men’s Semifinals and Women’s Doubles Final on Saturday, September 27th, is currently the most expensive session ticket of this year’s U.S. Open, at an average price of $799 dollars and a get-in price of $145.

U.S. Open tennis tickets to the Men’s Final check in at an average price of $744, with a get-in price of $130. In last year’s tournament, fans got to see Andy Roddick, the last American to win the U.S. Open back in 2003, make it all the way to the fourth round before falling victim to 2009 Champion Juan Martin del Potro. Following the loss, Roddick retired from professional tennis. Without an American in the top 19 of the ATP World Tennis Rankings, it looks like tennis fans will once again have to wait yet another year for an American to become the first to win the U.S. Open since Roddick.