Seeing Once the Musical for the first time in Austin

Last night I went to see Once at Bass Concert Hall, and it is safe to say that it is my new favorite broadway show. The musical talent was just unbelievable. The entire cast could not only sing beautifully, but also acted as the orchestra for every song that was played. The set was simple and there were no major set changes, but this show didn’t need it. The music alone captivated not only me but the entire audience. All of the songs in this musical were absolutely amazing, but my favorite was by far Falling Slowly. It is played in both Act 1 and Act 2. You’ll love it.

Once is a part of Broadway Across America and have shows in over 19 cities for the remainder of 2015. If you have the opportunity to go, I highly recommend seeing it at least once. (Pun intended)

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Fan Friday: Ice Cream!

Here at TicketCity, we are HUGE sports fans. But we aren’t just one-dimensional, we are fans of lots of other things too! So we bring you Fan Friday, where we survey our team on random other things that we are fans of. This week: ICE CREAM!

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Matt L Breyer’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups because Reese’s are hands down the best dessert that exist.
Kelsea R Cookies and Cream from Blue Bell due to the unique combination it stimulates in regards to my olfactory and gustatory senses. There are hundreds of olfactory receptors each binding to a particular molecular feature. Odor molecules possess a variety of features and, thus, excite specific receptors more or less strongly. This is significantly more than those of taste receptors and thus the sweet aroma of chocolate splendidly compliments the aldehydes and ketones that are produced in the sweet cream base of the frozen treat. So basically, it tastes good.
Kerry S Chocolate because you can never ever go wrong with a classic.
Megan G Old fashion Vanilla Ice Cream. It’s all you need! Cold, simple and sweet!!
Ryan B Blue Bell Strawberry.  It’s the absolute perfect combination of strawberries and ice-cream.
Ryan H Mixing ice cream and alcohol is the only way to go. That’s the reason I really enjoy Jeni’s Whiskey & Pecan Ice Cream. It is a perfect combination of aged bourbon whiskey and pecan flavor.
Chris A Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream / because its awesome and seasonal, so I can only get it a couple of months a year.
Ian D Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked – Brownies and cookie dough? C’mon
Zach A Mexican Vanilla @ Amy’s Ice Cream.  Because it’s awesome.
Ashley K Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla – it’s the only legit vanilla ice cream around.

 

So now we want to know, what kind of ice cream are you a fan of?

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2015 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament Parking Guide

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The Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament will be played at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri for the 6th year in a row. The Sprint Center is one of the premier basketball venues in the country, and has been a great home of the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship. The Sprint Center is located in the vibrant downtown Kansas City area. With fans from 10 teams descending upon one arena, there is sure to be congestion and confusion when getting to the arena. We have you covered with a complete 2015 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament Parking Guide.

Road Closures

One thing that fans attending the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament should keep in mind is the road closures in the area. With the hundreds of thousands of fans from all over the country flocking to the area, Kansas City closes off certain roads close to the Sprint Center to ensure the safety of fans. Road closures for the Big 12 Basketball Championship typically include these streets.

• Truman Road, in between Oak Street and Grand.
• Grand Street will also be closed from 13th and Truman Road
• 14th street in between Walnut and Grand

A majority of these road closures are focused on the west side of the arena, especially around the Kansas City Power & Light District. Fans looking to avoid these road closures should stay to the East or North of the Sprint Center when looking for parking.

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Where is the most convenient place to park for the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament?

There are no parking lots associated with the Sprint Center. But don’t fret, there is tons of available parking in the area, and you won’t have any trouble finding a space. In terms of convenience, fans should ask themselves one key question, what do I want to do before and after the game? If the answer is spend time at the always fun Kansas City Power & Light District, then fans should try and park to the northwest of the Sprint Center. There is a large parking area at the corner of Grand and 13th Street that is right across the street from both the Spring Center and the Power & Light District. This parking lot should also allow fans to not be too affected by the road closures associated with the event.

If you would rather steer clear of the Power & Light District and would prefer to enter and exit the arena as quickly as possible, look to park on the east side of the Sprint Center. There are a number of small parking lots in between 13th and Truman on Locust Street that are only a short walk to the stadium and should offer quick exit after the game.

What other parking options do I have?

Since the Sprint Center is located downtown, there are a number of free and street parking options in the area. Fans looking to snag a free parking spot should look in the Crossroads area. There are a number of free parking options around 17th and 18th streets at the intersections of Walnut, Main, and McGee.

Another option fans might want to consider is parking at a hotel in the area. Hotels usually offer day rates for parking in their lots, which are often cheaper than paying to park near the stadium. This will allow you the freedom to walk around and explore all that Kansas City has to offer before and after games at the Big 12 Men’s basketball tournament.

How much does parking cost at the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament?

Parking in Kansas City around the Sprint Center varies depending on the day, event, and lot that you choose to park in. Generally parking in the area runs between $8 and $25. Parking closer to the Spring Center will probably be a few dollars more expensive than if you are a couple blocks away. You should also note that there are free parking options in downtown area,

If you have any other questions regarding parking at the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, feel free to leave them in the comments and I do my best to get you a quick answer.

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