Strong ACL Lineup Means High Demand for Tickets

As August progresses towards September, it is time for music fans to say good-bye to all the fantastic summer festivals that took place this past year and begin preparing for the gatherings of the Fall.  And the highlight of the fall season will certainly be the Austin City Limits Music Festival, taking place at Zilker Park October 3rd through the 5th and 10th through 12th.  This will be the second year in a row that ACL Fest will be spread out across two different weekends. With starring acts including Eminem, Pearl Jam, Outkast and many more, demand for Austin City Limits tickets has never been higher.

Photo: AP

Photo: AP

According to TicketCity, the average ticket price for a three-day pass to the first weekend is currently $290, a full $75 higher than last year.  Even more impressive, the average ticket price for a three day pass to Weekend 2 is $280, compared to only $135 last year.  The increase in demand can be for a number of reasons, but many believe this year’s lineup will draw a much more diverse crowd compared to 2013.  Last year’s lineup was headlined by Depeche Mode, Muse, Kings of Leon, Lionel Richie, Arctic Monkeys, and Kendrick Lamar.  This year’s lineup has some huge names that have been popular for decades (the aforementioned Eminem, Pearl Jam, and Outkast) but also many newer acts who have gained much popularity in 2014, such as Chromeo, Iggy Azalea, and Lorde.  Lorde will only be performing during the second weekend, but the overwhelming majority of the bigger acts will be there both weekends.

Currently, the most expensive day this year is Saturday, October 11th, at an average ticket price of $200.  That will be the day Eminem, Skrillex, Lana Del Rey, and Iggy Azalea all hit the stage.  The ACL tickets are the Friday before, October 10th.  For just $105 on average, you’ll be able to see acts such as Outkast, Beck, Foster the People, and Capital Cities.  For the Lorde fans out there, she is preparing for a fall U.S. tour and will only be performing the Sunday of the final weekend, alongside Pearl Jam, Calvin Harris, and Zedd, to name a few.  The average ticket price is $110 for the final day of Austin City Limits.

This will be the thirteenth year of the Austin City Limits Music Festival and it continues to exponentially grow in popularity.  Officials expect crowds of approximately 75,000 individuals each day and covers a wide variety of genres from classic rock to electronic to hip-hop.  It is not unusual for music fans to travel thousands of miles to attend the festival year in and year out.

If this year’s lineup is a hit (which is expected) fans can expect ticket prices to increase yet again increase in 2015.  A couple years from now, it wouldn’t be unbelievable to have the cheapest tickets far exceed $200 for each day.  So if you’re torn between attending this year’s ACL Fest or waiting for future occasions, you may never be able to get a ticket for $105 ever again so make sure to take advantage!

Can the Houston Dynamo Get a Playoff Spot?

Over the weekend, the Houston Dynamo suffered another road defeat, getting shutout by the Columbus Crew 3-0. The Dynamo have managed to win only one road game all season long, the primary reason why they are currently mired in 9th place in the Eastern Conference. They have picked up just seven wins in twenty-four games, losing thirteen times and drawing four matchups. Currently sitting at twenty-five points, the Dynamo will most likely need to come very close to doubling their point total in the final ten games of the season if they wish to make the playoffs in 2014.

Photo: AP

Photo: AP

While fans are rather expectedly frustrated with their recent play, the Dynamo have notoriously finished the season strong. Over the past eight seasons, they have lost more than three games out of their final ten just once. And even in that season (2010) they were able to scratch out 13 points by winning four games and drawing one. In 2008, Houston lost just one of their final ten games, winning five of them and drawing the other four for a total of 19 points. If they can replicate that type of success, they just may be able to sneak in to the 5th and final playoff spot on the Eastern Conference.

Depending upon how these next two or three games go, it’s certainly fair for fans to be cautiously optimistic about the Dynamo’s chances. They’ll play this Friday at Sporting KC before heading back home for two in a row. The first home matchup will be against the Montreal Impact, the line team trailing the Dynamo in the Eastern Conference standings. After that, the Columbus Crew will come to town as Houston seeks revenge after this weekend’s poor showing. The average ticket prices for Dynamo tickets to the Impact game is $30 while just a tick more expensive for the Crew game at $32.

If the Dynamo can find a way to draw against KC and then win the two home games, they’d be sitting at 32 points with seven games to go. From there, just winning out the final three home games and finding a way to get a win or a couple draws on the road would probably be good enough to reach the postseason. The final three home games are against the Chicago Fire on September 28th, D.C. United on October 12th, and the New England Revolution on October 16th. Each game has seen a progressively higher average ticket price on the secondary market at $32, $33, and $34 for each matchup, respectively. Though it’s too early to tell just how the end of this season will play out, expect ticket prices to gradually rise over the next few weeks if the Dynamo can remain in the hunt. A history of strong finishes will keep the fan base on their toes. And with a few newcomers firmly entrenched in the lineup now, it’s within reason to expect Houston to provide their fans with a very exciting finish to the 2014 campaign.

US Open Ticket Demand Up from Last Year

The end of August means only one thing for tennis fans around the United States: the beginning of the U.S. open, the final major of the professional tennis schedule.  Held every year in Flushing Meadows, New York, the U.S. Open has been the scene of some truly tremendous tennis over the past few years.  In 2003, American sensation Andy Roddick won his first (and what would be only major) in thrilling fashion against Juan Carlos Ferrero.  And just two years ago, Andy Murray sent away the demons and won his first major title.  On the women’s side, not much will ever match the 1999 U.S. Open when Serena Williams became the first African-American women to ever win a Grand Slam title, displacing defending champion Lindsey Davenport in the semifinals and World #1 Martina Hingis in the finals.us-open-logo

This year, fans should expect just as much fireworks and excitement as the tournament begins.  In the Men’s draw, there is the notable absence of Rafael Nadal who had to withdraw due to a lingering wrist injury.  On the top half of the bracket, Novak Djokovic will have a potentially very difficult draw with American fan favorite Jon Isner looming before the quarterfinals and then Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka as potential matches in the quarters and semifinals.  That leaves Roger Federer rather uncontested in the bottom half of the bracket.  Though no match is ever a given, Federer must be very pleased that he will avoid several of the game’s best.

For the women, the 2014 U.S. Open looks to be an absolute dogfight.  Anyone looking to get to the finals in the top half of the bracket will need to defeat Serena Williams, a daunting task, especially since she recently played exceptionally at the Western & Southern Open, taking home the title.  Nonetheless, Serena can certainly be beaten and if we had to bet who could do it, Ana Ivanovic and Eugenie Borchard pose the strongest threats to taking her down.  On the bottom half, Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki figure to be two of the heavy favorites to make a deep run in the tourney.  American favorite Sloane Stephens also lurks as a potential winner.

With so much uncertainty on both men’s and women’s sides, demand for U.S. Open tickets has increased this year compared to last.  Prices for each of the first five sessions are up year-over-year, with the most noticeable increase for Session 5, currently at $93 in 2014, compared to just $74 last year. Of the first five sessions, the cheapest day session this year is Session 3 at $80.  Last year, only Session 1 cracked $80 the first few days, at $83.

A crowded field with many youngsters trying to prove their mettle against the game’s best, along with several stars who have either struggled at times this year or have looked very beatable of late, is a recipe for great tennis and the fans seem to believe as such.  Throw in projected sunshine and mid-80’s temperatures for the first three days and it’s easy to see why 2014 U.S. Open tickets for the first few sessions are so in demand!

Which Seats are Best for the Mayweather fight?

With so few major boxing matches in a given year, it makes sense that each and every one receives such considerable hype.  That is nowhere more apparent than when Floyd Mayweather, Jr. enters the ring.  For the second time in the past year, Mayweather will be facing off against Marcos Maidana.  The last time these two got in the ring, billed as “The Moment,” was on May 3rd of this year at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Mayweather won via a majority decision after twelve fierce rounds, so fans were very pleased when the announcement was made that the two welterweights would be getting back in the ring.

Mayweather (Photo: AP)

Mayweather (Photo: AP)

Presently, the average ticket price for Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 is $1,627.51 with a get-in price of $474.  But with so many different options to choose from, we here at TicketCity broke down the different zones and seating options available so if you’re looking in to buying Floyd Mayweather tickets to see him square off against Marcos Maidana, you will be well-informed.

Floor Seats – Get-in Price = $3,545

If you want to sit on the floor, the cheapest ticket available is $3,545 in Section B.  You can get three rows from the ring in Section A, but those are obviously going to be much more expensive at $16,959 per ticket.

Lower Level – Get-in Price = $1,395

The average ticket price for lower level seats is $2,709.08 with the cheapest ticket available being just $1,395.  One particular spot of interest would be a location in Section 22 with two tickets available in Row D for only $1600 apiece.  That’s the fifth cheapest listing available and one of the closest ticket listings in the lower level.  If you want to sit dead center, the cheapest ticket is $3,049 in Section 13 for seats in Row M.  The closest you’ll be able to get is also in Section 13 where you can find Row E seats available for $5,043.

Mezzanine Level – Get-in Price = $799

MGM Grand Garden Arena has 100 level seating along the north and south sides of the ring, as well as in the east end zone.  The cheapest ticket you’ll find is in the corner section 107 in Row AA for $799.  The average ticket price is $1,494.05 for 100 level seating with only five listings currently below $1,000.

Upper Level – Get-in Price = $461

The cheapest ticket you’ll find for Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 will be in the upper level, Section 218, Row P for $461. The average ticket price for upper level seats is $739.09 with a significant number of tickets below $600.  If you’re just looking to get in to the arena and don’t much care for how close you are to the ring, we’d recommend looking in to the upper level seating.

Although the prices are high, with so few relevant boxing matches these days, fans seem more than willing to splurge and grab tickets for Mayweather vs. Maidana 2. With only one or two matches for Mayweather each calendar year, now is certainly the time to see him in action. Rumors for Mayweather’s next opponent are already circulating, but in the here and now, Marcos Maidana is the only opponent on Money Mayweather’s mind.

Saints Fans Excited for End-of-Season Matchups

The New Orleans Saints have been one of the best teams in the league ever since Drew Brees’s arrival just short of a decade ago. Highlighted by the 2010 Super Bowl victory over Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, the Saints have been a mainstay in the postseason ever since Bree’s took control at the helm in 2006. They made it all the way to the NFC Conference Championship in Brees’s first season in Louisiana, and then went on to win the Super Bowl just three years later.  Since then, they’ve made the playoffs all but one year, but the past few years have been difficult, with division rivals Carolina taking home the NFC South crown last year and the Atlanta Falcons doing so in 2012. Will the Saints have the firepower to win the division title in 2014?

Drew Brees (Photo: AP)

Drew Brees (Photo: AP)

New Orleans will have a few new faces on offense and defense this year. Rookie Brandin Cooks has been drawing rave reviews in training camp and expects to take the lion’s share of touches that used to go to Darren Sproles who has departed for the Philadelphia Eagles. On the other side of the ball, new safety Jairus Byrd, signed away from the Buffalo Bills to the tune of a six year, $56 million contract, should help bolster Rob Ryan’s secondary.

The Saints schedule offers little leeway for the team as they will have to play both the AFC and NFC North divisions this year, as well as the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers. They’ll start off the season with two road games – at Atlanta and at Cleveland – before holding their 2014 home opener on September 21st against the Minnesota Vikings. The average price for Saints tickets to the opener is currently $193.98 on TicketCity. The Saints will then play two more games – at Dallas and home against Tampa Bay – before their Week 6 bye. They’ll finish off their first right games with two road matchups against the Lions and Panthers sandwiching a prime time Sunday night home game against the Green Bay Packers.  This is the most expensive game on the Saints schedule, presently, with an average ticket price of $320.76.

The average ticket price for games on the first half of the Saints schedule is $178.59 compared to $206.30 for the second half. It’s rather clear why tickets are a little more expensive as the season progresses because the Saints will have five hugely important home games in the final two months of the season. They’ll host the 49ers, Ravens, and Bengals consecutively in the first three weeks of November. The most expensive of these games is against the Niners with tickets currently holding an average price of $287.44.

The final two home games of the year will be against the Carolina Panthers on December 7th and the Atlanta Falcons on December 21st. Tickets are going for, on average, $195.79 and $218.17 for those two matchups, respectively. Chances are, a lot will be riding on those December AFC South battles so expect ticket prices to rise as the season progresses. Now may be the best time for Saints fans to grab their tickets for the final games of the 2014 season.