Well, it looks like Emblem3’s challenge to One Direction was a bit premature. After surging last week to #2 in the Tickifieds Top 10, Emblem3 drops all the way down to #10. Although interest in Emblem3 concert tickets has died down to some degree, keep in mind the California boys currently only have 6 shows on the schedule (Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, Boston and 2 shows in Chicago). If they end up adding more shows the could still put up a fight. Until then, consider 1D the current kings.
Aside from the boy band drama, this week is dominated by college basketball. Not only do we have NCAA Tournament games near the top, the college basketball tournament games are also drawing a lot of ticket interest. In particular, the Big 10 Tournament is really raking in the visitors as all tournament games at the United Center in Chicago are sold out. Also making the list this week is the Big East, SEC and ACC Basketball Tournaments.
Top Events Week 9 (3/4/2013 to 3/11/2013)
1. One Direction
One Direction is still king of event tickets but a brand new challenger has come to the forefront – Emblem3. How much longer can ID continue to dominate the event ticket market?
2. Big 10 Basketball Tournament
The Big 10 is as strong as ever this year and fans are excited about this year’s tournament. Games begin on Thursday with Session 1 and Session 2. Session 1 will feature Illinois vs Minnesota and Michigan vs Penn State while Session 2 will feature Purdue vs Nebraska and Iowa vs Northwestern. The #3 Indiana Hoosiers were the regular season champs and will look to win the tourney as well.
3. NCAA Tournament
Although Selection Sunday will not take place until 3/17/2013, many fans are already scouting the secondary ticket market for deals on NCAA Tournament tickets. Expect demand to sky rocket once the seeds are announced.
4. ACC Basketball Tournament
The ACC might be a bit down this year but that will just add to the drama of the 2013 ACC Basketball Tournament. The Miami Hurricanes nailed down the #1 seed, with Duke #2, North Carolina #3 and Virginia #4. The Tourney will begin with Session 1 and Session 2 beginning on Thursday 3/14/2013
5. Jimmy Buffett
Spring must be in the air as that could be the only explanation as to why the king of the summer outdoor concert makes the list in mid-March. Popular shows thus far include 4/30 Lakewood Amphitheater, Jones Beach 8/20 and 8/24 at Alpine Valley.
6. Dave Matthews Band
Another band that is synonymous with outdoor venues in the summer, DMB comes in at #6 this week. Popular 2013 Dave Matthews Band shows include 5/17 Woodlands Pavilion, Alpine Valley on 7/5 and 7/12 at Riverbend Amphitheater with OAR!
7. Big East Basketball Tournament
The last year of the Big East as we know has fans eager to be there for the 2013 Tournament. The tournament will be held at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday 3/12 with Session 1 (South Florida vs. Seton Hall and DePaul vs. Rutgers) and Session 2 (Cincinnati vs. Providence and Syracuase).
8. SEC Basketball Tournament
The SEC is traditionally a football conference but the Kentucky Wildcats have always kept the conference in the National spotlight. This year the Wildcats are rebuilding lost out to the Florida Gators for the conference regular season championship. The 2013 SEC Tournament will begin on 3/13 and will continue through Sunday 3/17 in Nashville.
9. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Rocker Tom Petty recently announced plans to tour the US with the Heartbreakers following extended stints in Los Angeles and New York. Popular shows include 6/20 in Pittsburgh, 6/28 in Milwaukee (Summerfest) and 6/29 at Target Field.
Although the boys from Emblem3 dropped 8 spots to #10 this week, the addition of more shows could spark more interest down the line. While who knows what the future holds, be sure to keep an eye on these guys! The 2013 Tour includes shows in Philadelphia, New York, Freehold NJ, Boston, and two shows in Chicago.
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.