Happy New Year! Although this time of year is typically one of the slowest in the event ticket industry, several events this week are keeping sales going relatively strong. Top on the list this week are none other than 1 Direction and Taylor Swift. This battle that surfaced last fall has continued into 2013 and is showing no signs of slowing down.
The first week of 2013 was also good for sports. The NFL playoffs got underway this past weekend and fans are eager to buy up any tickets floating around in the secondary ticket market. With college football ending tonight, fans are also interested in college basketball tickets. High on the list include conference tournaments in addition to the 2013 Final Four.
Last and certainly not least, this week we also find the ever popular Houston Rodeo make the list for the first (but likely not the last) time. With a powerhouse lineup of some of the most popular country and pop performers, this event will be HUGE. If you haven’t been on top of this event from a marketing prospective you really need to jump on this now.
Here are the rest of this week’s top 10…
Top Events Week 1, 2013
1. One Direction
One Direction has picking up right where we left them in 2012… at #1. These young blokes are taking the nation by storm and they only seem to be growing in popularity. Whatever happened to Justin Bieber?
2. Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift continues to attract a lot of attention for her upcoming 2013 Red Tour. While she hasn’t been able to surpass One Direction this far she has shown that she isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
3. Baltimore Ravens
Ray Lewis recently announced that he is retiring at the end of the season. That means it might be the last hurrah for the Baltimore Ravens. This weekend they will head into Denver to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
4. 2013 NBA All Star Game
With the football season over for most fans, basketball is getting a lot of attention right now- especially the 2013 NBA All Star Game. This year festivities will take place in Houston on 2/15 to 2/17/2013. Always popular are the rising stars challenge, 3-point competition, and slam dunk contest.
5. Atlanta Falcons
Despite being the #1 seed in the NFC, not many people outside of Atlanta give the Falcons much of a change to make it to the Super Bowl. This week they have a tough matchup against a dangerous Seattle Seahawks team. Regardless, fans in Atlanta seem to believe in the team.
6. Big 12 Basketball Tournament
With only Kansas, Kansas State, and Oklahoma State currently in the top 25 you wouldn’t think there would be a whole lot of interest in the 2013 Big 12 Tournament. However, the event got a boost this week as tickets recently went on sale. Kansas City is also a great college basketball city so the event should draw well.
7. Houston Rodeo
The 2013 Houston Rodeo is one of the biggest events in the country. This year will be no different as Toby Keith, Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson, Brantley Gilbert, Demi Lovato, Lady Antebellum, Bruno Mars, Tim McGraw, The Band Perry, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, George Strait and many others will be rocking Reliant Stadium come February 25th.
8. SEC Basketball Tournament
Although it’s tough to say that the SEC is having a banner year in basketball, both the Florida Gators and Missouri Tigers are in the top 25. With the Kentucky Wildcats in a rebuilding year, the 2013 SEC Tournament title is certainly up for grabs.
9. NCAA Final Four
With the college football season ending tonight with the BCS championship game, many fans are already scouting out tickets to college basketball’s premiere events – the 2013 NCAA Final Four. The only question remains who will make it to the dance….favorites include Duke Blue Devils, Indiana Hoosiers, Michigan Wolverines, Louisville Cardinals, Kansas Jayhawks, and Arizona Wildcats.
10. San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers are picked by many to represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLVII. However, they will need to get by Aaron Rogers and the Green Bay Packers first. This game is wildly popular as it features arguably the best 2 teams in football.
This top 10 list is compiled from internal search data from Tickifieds.com and organic traffic from search engines. Search terms are ranked by using a combination of both sources of search data.