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NCAA Tournament Tickets in Demand – Tickifieds Top 10

IndianaHoosiersNCAATournamentAs expected, the NCAA Tournament is in the spotlight again this week.  After an exciting first few rounds of the tournament, we are down to the final 16 teams spread out across each of the 4 regions.    The East Region consists of Marquette, Miami, Syracuse and Indiana.  The Midwest contains Michigan State, Duke, Louisville and Oregon.  Michigan, Kansas, Florida and Florida Gulf Coast make up the South Region.  Lastly, the West will feature Arizona, Ohio State, Wichita State and La Salle.

Although there are lots of unexpected teams (see Oregon, Florida Gulf Coast, Wichita State, La Salle, etc.), the Big 10 has lived up to expectations placing four teams in the Sweet Sixteen.  I can’t imagine anyone out their still with a perfect bracket!

Top Events Week 11 (3/19/2013 to 3/26/2013)

1.  NCAA Tournament

The 2013 NCAA Tournament field is down to the “Sweet Sixteen” and is headed for regional action.  As such, ticket demand is extremely strong for the Midwest, East, South, and West Regionals.

2. One Direction

Despite the fact that the NCAA tournament has outshined them the past two weeks, demand for One Direction tickets has not slowed one bit. Fans are still eagerly looking for the best deals on several of the rapidly approaching 2013 shows.  Hot concerts this week include Los Angeles, Tinley Park and Hershey.

3.  CONCACAF Gold Cup

The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) is being hosted by the United States this year much to the delight of soccer fans.  Popular matches include USA vs Costa Rica, Panama vs Canada, USA vs Belize, and the Gold Cup Final at Soldier Field in Chicago.

4.  Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett is always a popular summer concert as Parrotheads are strong supporters year after year.  This year Jimmy will also be playing a few special shows with Jackson Browne at the Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco and Comerica Park in Detroit.

5.  Kenny Chesney

Country music’s version of Jimmy Buffett has also been popular this week.  Top shows include Angel Stadium, Columbia South Carolina and Target Field with the Zac Brown Band.

6.  Milwaukee Summerfest

Interest in the world’s largest music festival is gaining steam as more and more performers are starting to leak out.  Already confirmed for 2013 are Fun (with Tegan and Sara), Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers, Jason Aldean, New Kids on the Block with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men, Tim McGraw, Rush and the Vans Warped Tour.  Get more details at 2013 Milwakee Summerfest Schedule.

7.  Chicago Cubs

The Cubs might still be a few years away from contending for a World Series title but that has not stopped fans from gobbling up tickets.   Cubs home opener tickets are drawing the most interest with games against the White Sox coming in a close second.

8.  Milwaukee Brewers

The team that plays at Wrigley Field North is also generating a fair amount of fan interest. That said, the most popular Brewers games appear to against the Chicago Cubs.

9.  Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi’s 2013 Tour is still going strong especially for concerts at the intimate indoor venues happening this spring.  Popular shows include Omaha, San Jose and Kansas City.

10.  Detroit Tigers

The City of Detroit may be a vacant wasteland but at least they have the Detroit Tigers going for them.  Demand should remain strong as the Tigers are expected to contend for a World Series title again this year.

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.

2012 MLB Opening Day Schedule

MLB Opening Day 2012The 2012 Major League Baseball season is just around the corner!  For baseball fans (expecially Cubs fans), spring is the time for eternal optimism.  Where any team still has a chance at the playoffs and even the world series.

Opening day is one of the biggest games of the year and even small market teams consistently sell out.  As such, there is huge demand for tickets to these games.  For those interested in marketing baseball tickets be sure to heavily promote the games included below.  After opening day, there is a lull in baseball ticket sales until inter-league play begins.  This year games between teams in the American League and National League will begin on May 18th.  Stayed tuned as we will break down some of the more popular inter-league games on the 2012 Schedule.

MLB Opening Day 2012

Wednesday April 4th

  • Miami Marlins vs St. Louis Cardinals (6:05) Lohse (0-0) v. Johnson (0-0)

Thursday April 5th, 2012

  • Detroit Tigers vs Boston Red Sox (12:05) Lester (0-0) v. Verlander (0-0)
  • N.Y. Mets vs Atlanta Braves (12:10) Hanson (0-0) v. Santana (0-0)
  • Pittsburgh Pirates vs Philadelphia Phillies (12:35) Halladay (0-0) v. Bedard (0-0)
  • Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals (1:20) Strasburg (0-0) v. Dempster (0-0)
  • Cleveland Indians vs Toronto Blue Jays (2:05) Romero (0-0) v. Masterson (0-0)
  • Cincinnati Reds vs Miami Marlins (3:10) Buehrle (0-0) v. Cueto (0-0)
  • San Diego Padres vs LA Dodgers (6:05) Kershaw (0-0) v. Volquez (0-0)

Friday April 6th, 2012

2011 MLB Playoff Schedule Announced

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Evan Longoria's walkoff home run in the 12th inning propels the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2011 MLB Playoffs

What a finish we had to the 2011 MLB regular season as the Wildcard spots in both the American League and National League came down to the final game of the season. In the American League, the Tampa Bay Rays came back from a 7-0 deficit to beat the New York Yankees 8-7 in 12 innings.  Going into game #162, the Rays were tied with the Boston Red Sox for the AL wildcard.  Shortly after Jonathan Papelbon and the Red Sox blew a 1 run lead in the ninth and lost to the lowly Baltimore Orioles,  Evan Longoria homered in the 12th inning sending the Rays to the 2011 playoffs.  The Rays completed an unlikely comeback and caught the Boston Red Sox who had a major september swoon going just 7-19 for the month The Rays will go on to face the #2 seeded Texas Rangers while the #1 seeded New York Yankees will face the #3 seeded Detroit Tigers in the ALDS.

 

Yankees vs Tigers ALDS Schedule & Pitching Matchups

ALDS Game 1 9/30: Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees , 8:37 p.m. ET
Justin Verlander (24-5, 2.40**) vs. C.C. Sabathia (19-8, 3.00)
ALDS Game 2 10/1: Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees , 8:37 p.m. ET
Doug Fister (11-13, 2.83) vs. Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.70)
ALDS Game 3 10/3: New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers, 8:37 p.m. ET
Max Scherzer (15-9, 4.43) vs. Freddy Garcia (12-8, 3.62)
ALDS Game 4 10/4: New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers, Time TBD
Rick Porcello (14-9, 4.75) vs. C.C. Sabathia (19-8, 3.00)
ALDS Game 5 10/6: Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees, Time TBD
Justin Verlander (24-5, 2.40) vs. Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.70)

Rangers vs Rays ALDS Schedule & Pitching Matchups

ALDS Game 1 9/30: Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers, 5:07 p.m.
Jeff Niemann (11-7, 4.06) vs. CJ Wilson (16-7, 2.94**)
ALDS Game 2 10/1: Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers, 7:07 p.m. ET on TNT
Scott Shields (16-12, 2.82) vs. Derek Holland (16-5, 3.95)
ALDS Game 3 10/3: Texas Rangers at Tampa Bay Rays, 5:07 p.m. ET
Matt Harrison (14-9, 3.39) vs. David Price (12-13, 3.49)
ALDS Game 4 10/4: Texas Rangers at Tampa Bay Rays, Time TBD
Colby Lewis (14-10, 4.40) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.95)
ALDS Game 5 10/6: Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers, Time TBD
Scott Shields (16-12, 2.82) vs. CJ Wilson (16-7, 2.94)

In the National League, the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals went into the final game tied for the NL Wildcard. The Cardinals demolished the Houston Astros 8-0 and awaited the outcome of the Phillies-Braves game to learn their fate.  With the Braves up 3-2 in the 9th inning, closer Greg Kimbrel walked 3 batters and blew the lead and sent the game into extra innings.  In the 13th inning, Hunter Pence came through with a two-out, game winning single.  The Cardinals completed a historic run to make the post season coming back from 10.5 games behind the Braves on August 26th.  The Cardinals will advance to play the #1 seeded Philadelphia Phillies.  The #2 seed Milwuakee Brewers will face the #3 seed Arizona Diamondbacks.

Phillies vs Cardinals NLDS Schedule & Pitching Matchups

NLDS Game 1 10/1: St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies, 5:07 p.m. ET
Kyle Lohse (14-8, 3.39) vs. Roy Halladay (19-6, 2.35**)
NLDS Game 2 10/2: St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies, 8:07 p.m. ET
Edwin Jackson (12-9, 3.79) vs. Cliff Lee (17-8, 2.40)
NLDS Game 3 10/4: Philadelphia Phillies at St. Louis Cardinals
Chris Carpenter (11-9, 3.45) vs. Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.79)
NLDS Game 4 10/5: Philadelphia Phillies at St. Louis Cardinals
TBD vs. Roy Oswalt (9-10, 3.69)
NLDS Game 5 10/7: St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies
TBD vs. Roy Halladay (19-6, 2.35)

Brewers vs Diamondbacks NLDS Schedule & Pitching Matchups

NLDS Game 1 10/1: Arizona Diamondbacks at Milwaukee Brewers, 2:07 p.m. ET
Ian Kennedy (21-4, 2.88**) vs. Yovani Gallardo (17-10, 3.52)
NLDS Game 2 10/2: Arizona Diamondbacks at Milwaukee Brewers, 4.37 p.m. ET
Daniel Hudson (16-12, 3.49) vs. Zach Greinke (16-6, 3.83)
NLDS Game 3 10/4: at Arizona
Shawn Marcum (13-7, 3.54) vs. Joe Saunders (12-12, 3.69)
NLDS Game 4 10/5: at Arizona
Randy Wolf (13-10, 3.69) vs. TBD
NLDS Game 5 10/7: Arizona Diamondbacks at Milwaukee Brewers
TBD vs. Yovani Gallardo (17-10, 3.52)

2011 MLB Playoff Field Nearly Set

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Outfielder Johnny Damon looks to bite the hand that once fed him as the Rays look to surpass the Boston Red Sox in the AL Wildcard race!

The 2011 Major League Baseball regular season is just about in the books with less 10 games remaining.  Typically this time of year is exciting with multiple teams chasing down division titles and wildcard berths.  However, this season’s excitement is relegated to just the American League Wildcard race as the Tampa Bay Rays are hunting the Boston Red Sox for the final spot in the post-season.  The Rays trail the Red Sox by just 1.5 games with 9 games remaining.  The Rays final 9 games will be against the New York Yankees (6 games, 3 in Tampa, 3 in New York ) and the Toronto Blue Jays (3 games in Tampa).  The Red Sox also have 9 games left and will play the Baltimore Orioles (3 in Boston, 3 in Baltimore) and will also face the rival Yankees in New York.  No matter who pulls out the Wildcard, the Yankees will certainly play a large role in who will live on to play in October and who will be sent home packing.

Although only the Detroit Tigers have clinched a division championship thus far (the American League Central), both the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers are in solid control of their respective divisions.  The NY Yankees will also likely finish with the #1 seed. That means that they will face either the Tigers or Rangers if the Red Sox are able to hold onto the Wildcard.  Should the Rays surpass the Red Sox, they would end up facing the #1 seed Yanks.  Both the Tigers and Rangers are battling it out for the #2 seed and who they play will come down to the Wildcard.  If the season were to end today the Yankees (#1) would play the Rangers (#3) and the Tigers (#2) would play the Red Sox (#4) in the American League Divisional Series (ALDS).

In National League, their really isn’t a whole lot to play for.  Barring a stunning losing streak, the 1st round playoff matches are all pretty much set.  The Philadelphia Phillies have pretty much locked up the #1 seed, while the Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks should get the #2 and #3 seeds respectively.  The Atlanta Braves are currently 3.5 games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals and should enter the playoffs as the National League Wildcard.  That means that in the Nationals League Divisional Series (NLDS), the #1 Phillies would play the #3 Arizona Diamondbacks, while the #2 Milwaukee Brewers will face the (#4) Atlanta Braves.

With plenty of major market teams in the 2011 MLB Playoffs, tickets for both the ALDS and NLDS will be in high demand.  be sure to check out our selection of MLB Playoff tickets at Tickifieds – MLB Playoff Ticket Classifieds!

MLB Ticket Resell Market Picking Up

The Ticket resale market is picking up as all six divisions race for the MLB Pennant.  Currently, there is only one team, the Philadelphia Phillies, who have a lead bigger than three games.  The Phillies lead the Atlanta Braves by three and half games in the National League East.  In the American League, every division leader has a lead of one game or less.  The Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals are tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates who are just one game behind the division leaders.  In sum, 17 of the 30 MLB teams are within six and a half games of first place.  Very exciting!

These close races mean that the ticket resale market is getting hotter.  This is a welcome change as the MLB ticket resale market was fairly sluggish previously this year.  10 teams’ resale tickets are selling at a higher price this year than last year, and only 5 of those teams are in the running for the pennant.  The San Francisco Giants are one of those teams.  The Giants entered the All-Star Break with a three game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West.  The reigning World Series Champions had a resell price hike of just under 45% from the previous year, the biggest gain this year.

The second place title goes to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who came into the Break with just one game shy of the Texas Rangers in the AL West.  The Angels resell market tickets price has a 41.38% hike from last year.

Other teams that are still in contention for the pennant that had a nice price hike recently include the Rangers, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cardinals.

Hot tickets for teams that are no longer in contention for the pennant include the Florida Marlins who have had the biggest boost on the resale market among those who are no longer in the running.

The Phillies and the Red Sox have the longest sell streaks in baseball, so their ticket prices have held steady.  That shouldn’t be surprising.  Their tickets are always popular on the resale market.

Some teams, while they still in the playoff race, their ticket prices are dropping fairly significantly.  Those teams include the Minnesota Twins, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox.  I would expect the Yankees tickets to be hot now that Derek Jeter surpassed the 3,000-hit mark.

The team with the worst drop in the resale market should not come of surprise, the New York Mets.  Their association with Bernie Madoff certainly has damaged the public opinion of the team.