TicketCity’s Annual Scholarship Winner

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TicketCity is proud to announce the 2014 winner of the TicketCity Annual Scholarship, Calie Spencer!

The TicketCity Annual College Scholarship program was created to support the students that give college athletics the tradition, energy, and excitement that we all love. The scholarship includes one $2,500 award. Our winner Calie, was selected from a number of outstanding applications this year.

Calie is a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Exercise Science. She is also a Pole Vaulter on the Longhorns terrific Women’s Track and Field Team. Calie began pole vaulting at the age of 10 and is one of the sports rising stars.

TicketCity’s Inside the Huddle had the privilege of asking Calie a few questions. The very well spoken college freshmen gave us a little glimpse into the world of being a college poll vaulter.

TC“What is the best part about being a student-athlete at the University of Texas?”
Calie“Probably the reaction that you get from people when you tell them. People are always really excited to hear that I am an athlete.”

TC“What is it like having Kaitlin Petrillose as a teammate?” (the current record holder for NCAA Women’s Pole Vaulting)
Calie“It was a little intimidating at first. But I have learned so much just watching her practice and being around her on the team. In High School I never really had anyone to compete with on a daily basis and getting to be around Kaitlin every day has really pushed me.”

TC“What is your favorite sports team, outside of the Longhorns of course?”
Calie“Probably the San Antonio Spurs.”

TC“What is the hardest part about being a student-athlete?”
Calie“Time management. We practice about 4 hours every day and balancing that with academics is something that is challenging. I thought that I was in shape in high school, but my first practice in college was definitely an eye opening experience, it is just another level.”

TC“What event are you looking forward to competing in the most this season?”
Calie“Well obviously if I made nationals that would be the top, but I am really looking forward to the Big-12 Conference meet.”

Congratulations Calie!

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Buckeyes vs. Tar Heels is This Weekends Top Basketball Game

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The 12th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes will clash with the 24th ranked North Carolina Tar Heels this Saturday evening as part of the CBS Sports Classic in Chicago, Illinois. Ohio State enters the game with a 9-1 record with the Tar Heels currently at 7-3.

The game will take place at 1:00pm and will be nationally televised on CBS. Immediately following Ohio State vs. North Carolina will be the top ranked Kentucky Wildcats facing the UCLA Bruins. Rarely does one regular season “classic” feature four bigger programs than Ohio State, North Carolina, Kentucky, and UCLA.

Despite the four power programs, the average price for Ohio State vs. North Carolina basketball tickets is currently only $101. In fact, fans can find tickets for as little as $13 on the secondary market. And each ticket will grant you access for both games. Though college football bowl games are starting up on Saturday, there are very few intriguing matchups taking place. The Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins play at 4:30 Saturday afternoon in a rare NFL Saturday game, but other than that, there are very few sporting events overshadowing the CBS Sports Classic. So it’s a bit strange to see how tickets are so cheap on the secondary market.

The Tar Heels have dropped three games thus far in 2014, falling to Butler, Iowa, and Kentucky. The Butler loss was a part of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament to start the year, and Kentucky
happened at Rupp Arena, but the Iowa loss occurred at home in North Carolina.

They have yet to have a truly impressive win with their best victory coming against Florida on the road. Nonetheless, Ohio State has yet to get a big win, either, losing their lone game against a ranked opponent on December 2nd when they fell to Louisville 64-55. Other than a victory against Marquette in the second game of the season, the Buckeyes have not faced an opponent on the same level as North Carolina.

So both teams will get an opportunity on Saturday to boost their resume before March. The Tar Heels are much more battle-tested, but perhaps that will work against them, rather than for them.

The Buckeyes football team has quite a big game coming up as well. Ohio State will be traveling to New Orleans to face the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl. It is one half of the first ever College Football Playoffs with the winner moving on to Dallas to face either Oregon or Florida State in the national championship game.

The average price for Sugar Bowl tickets is currently $408, higher than any other bowl game this season. It costs $182 just to get in the door of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
So the Buckeyes football team has made the “Final Four” for college football. For the basketball team, they still have a long road ahead of them to get to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the 2015 Final Four, but it is certainly doable. And the path starts with a strong showing against North Carolina on Saturday.

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Join the Great Escape in Spring 2015

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Iggy Azalea announced her first major US tour. The Great Escape Tour will land in Fresno, CA next April. From there the current schedule is 24 dates between then and May 24th, where the tour wraps up at Austin’s own Frank Erwin Center. Joining her on the tour is Nick Jonas, who has departed the sibling act and is now a solo artist. Other supporting acts include Tinashe and DJ Wizz Kidd.

Azalea’s recent exploits include appearances at a number of the Jingle Ball events, as well as picking up a four Grammy nominations. One of those is Best New Artist, which she probably hopes she doesn’t win.

2015 Great Escape Tour Schedule:

  • April 14 – Save Mart Center, Fresno, CA
  • April 16 – Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA
  • April 17 – Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
  • April 19 – Gila River Arena, Glendale, AZ
  • April 21 – Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • April 23 – Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA
  • April 25 – MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV
  • April 27 – Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
  • April 30 – Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • May 1 – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL
  • May 2 – The Palace Of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
  • May 3 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
  • May 6 – TD Garden, Boston, MA
  • May 7 – Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • May 8 – Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
  • May 10 – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • May 12 – Verizon Center, Washington, DC
  • May 13 – Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, MD
  • May 15 – Amway Center, Orlando, FL
  • May 16 – AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
  • May 19 – Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
  • May 22 – American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
  • May 23 – Toyota Center, Houston, TX
  • May 24 – Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX

Check out the full tour schedule on our Iggy Azalea page.

Well, Miss Azalea’s oeuvre is a bit on the saucy side. This is the video for the latest single, “Black Widow,” which is a “homage” to Kill Bill, and features Michael Madsen playing the Michael Madsen part. I think it only had one bad word in it, so that’s about as good as it gets. I’m not much of a fan musically, but I’ll spend a few minutes watching Iggy and Rita Ora sling katanas in jumpsuits.

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