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Super Bowl XLVII Closing in on 1D – Tickifieds Top 10

Super Bowl XLVII will feature the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens.

Super Bowl XLVII will feature the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens.

Are you ready for the 2 week long, non-stop 24 hour media blitz that comes along with the Super Bowl?  Now that the AFC (Baltimore Ravens) and NFC Champions (San Francisco 49ers) have been crowned, the next two weeks will be filled with analysis, story lines, and of course talk of the most watched sporting event in the world – the Super Bowl.  Super Bowl 47 will take place at the Superdome in New Orleans Louisiana on February 3rd. 2013.

Although tickets to the big game are in big time demand and can be hard to get, many ticket brokers and speculators also profit off of the many Super Bowl related events,  Some of the top events this year include Media Day and Taste of the NFL,  in addition to Emeril Lagasse Pre-GameMaxim, Playboy, and Leather and Laces Parties

Top Events Week 3, 2013

1.  One Direction

One Direction is still number one but their grip finally appears to be slipping.  1D is still insanely popular but the gap is cetainly narrowing.

2.  Super Bowl XLVII

Not much of a surprise here as the most watched sporting event in the world comes in at #2 this week.  Super Bowl 47 will feature the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens.  Expect demand to be huge for this event during the next 2 weeks.  Also hot are all the Super Bowl Parties including the Leather and Laces, DirecTv and Playboy VIP Events.

3.  Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift holds strong at #3 once again.  Her most popular shows include Columbus Ohio (5/8/2013), L.A. (8/20/2013), and MetLife Stadium (7/13/2013).

4.  Bob Seger

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band will be back out on tour in 2013 on their Rock and Roll Never Forgets Tour.  This has been one of the bigger concert announcements of 2013 and should continue to do well throughout the duration of the tour.

5.  Houston Rodeo

The Houston Rodeo falls 1 spot this week but it really isn’t due to any loss of popularity but rather a surge in activity for the Super Bowl.  With the Rodeo only a month away, expect sales to continue to be strong.  For the full HLSR lineup and details check out our previous blog post:  2013 Houston Rodeo Schedule and Lineup!

6.  Chicago Cubs

Fresh off the 2013 Chicago Cubs Convention fans are already starting to think baseball.  Although the Cubs aren’t expected to compete for the NL Central this year they do have an exciting core of young players (Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, and Jeff Samardzija) who should be fun to watch.  Regardless of how they fare in 2013 fans will still flock to Wrigley Field.

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Chicago Cubs Tickets Sales and Attendance Hopes to Rebound in 2012

Chicago Cubs Starlin CastroGetting a ticket to see the Chicago Cubs play at historic Wrigley Field is typically not an easy task.  The Cubs regularly sell out the ballpark and games against rivals such as the Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals demand premium dollar in the secondary ticket market.  However, last year you couldn’t pay fans to head down to the “Friendly Confines”.  Although the Cubs sold over 3 million tickets (> 37,000 per game) by mid-summer Wrigley Field was half empty during most games.

However, there is hope for Cubs fans and ticket brokers alike as we head into the 2012 season.  The Chicago Cubs have made some major moves this off season – most notably the hiring of former Boston Red Sox GM Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer.  Fans are hoping that Theo can help the Cubs break their 103 year World Series drought much like he helped Boston.  It might not happen this year as the Cubs are clearly in a rebuilding mode but they are already starting to acquire pieces of a championship puzzle and clearing out some bad seeds.  Former faces of the organization Aramis Ramirez (signed with the Brewers) and Carlos Zambrano (traded to the Miami Marlins for Chris Volstad) are gone and in are of David DeJesus, Ian Stewart, Reed Johnson, Travis Wood, and intriguing 1st base prospect Anthony Rizzo.

The Cubs opening day lineup likely isn’t going to instill fear in any opponent but it is clear a long term plan is in place.  All-star shortstop Starlin Castro is clearly the new face of the franchise and will be joined by C Geovany Soto, 2B Darwin Barney, 3B Ian Stewart, and likely Bryan 1B LaHair in the infield.  The outfield, as it stands now will feature Alfonso Soriano in right field, Marlon Byrd in center, and a platoon of David DeJesus and Reed Johnson in right.  The rotation will consist of Matt Garza, Ryan Dempster, Travis Wood, Chris Volstad, and Randy Wells/Casey Coleman.  Although the Cubs didn’t go after any of the marque free agents (Puljols, Fielder, Jose Reyes, etc.), Cub fans are a loyal bunch and as long as things are headed in the right direct they will support their team.

So while the Cubs may not be all that good in 2012, there is plenty of buzz surrounding the franchise and that is usually good for ticket sales. Below is a list of 2012 Chicago Cubs games that should generate plenty of fan interest.

2012 Chicago Cubs Schedule Highlights

4/5/2012 Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals (Opening Day)
4/23 to 4/25/2012 Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals
5/18 to 5/20/2012 Chicago Cubs vs Chicago White Sox
6/12 to 6/14/2012 Chicago Cubs vs Detroit Tigers
6/15 to 6/17/2012 Chicago Cubs vs Boston Red Sox
7/17 to 7/19/2012 Chicago Cubs vs Miami Marlins (Ozzie Guillen and Carlos Zambrano return to Chicago)
7/27 to 7/29/2012 Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals
8/27 to 8/30/2012 Chicago Cubs vs Milwaukee Brewers
9/21 to 9/23/2012 Chicago Cubs vs St. Louis Cardinals

Out with the Lou, In with the Sandberg?

Sandberg next cubs manager?

Hall of Famer and Chicago Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg might be in live to be the next Cubs manager after Lou Piniella annouces his retirement.

Just today Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella annouced that he will retire as Cubs manager at the conclusion of the 2010 baseball season.   During  Sweet Lou’s tenure, the Chicago Cubs went from lovable losers to annual contenders but failed to bring home the ultimate prize– a World Series Championship.  Lou Piniella was supposed to be the answer to a team loaded with talent that just didn’t have that killer instinct.  Lou’s firey personality and sometimes comical on-the-field antics were supposed to motivate as well as keep the players loose.  During Lou Piniella time as Cubs manager, they made the playoffs twice (in 2007 and 2008) but ended up getting swept in the first round both years

Today, the Cubs are in a serious free fall laiden with aging players (and the awful contracts to go along with them).  Cub fans have little to be excited about moving forward with the idea of Alphonso Soriano (19M/year), Kosuke Fukudome (14M/year) and Carlos Zambrano (18.8M/year) locked up for several more years with expensive back-ended contracts.  Mired in yet another disappointing season of baseball at Wrigley Field, Cubs fans are looking for anything to be optimistic about.  The only bright spots this year have been the play closer Carlos Marmol and rookies Starlin Castro and Tyler Colvin. 

That all changed today as Lou Piniella annouced he is out after 4 years as the Cubs Manager.  While a change of manager typically means little to an organization not expected to be relevant anytime soon, the Cubs have a manager in waiting that has Cub fans drooling – Ryne Sandberg.  For the past 4 seasons, Ryno has been quiently working his way up the Cubs managerial depth chart.  In 2007-08 Sandberg managed the Peoria Chiefs before moving up to manage the AAA Tennessee. This year Ryne Sandberg took over the helm of the Iowa Cubs.  Ryne Sandberg is the only MLB Hall of Famer to manage in the minor leagues.  Although Sandberg is far from being a lock to land the Cubs full time job, odds are in his favor.  Ryne Sandberg was (and still is) the face of the organization to many Cub fans who grew up in the 1980’s and 90’s (myself included). 

While all of Cub Nation is buzzing with the prospect of Ryne Sandberg returning to Wrigley Field to manage the Cubs- Lou Piniella and the 2010 Cubs are still playing.  With the Cubs on the cusp of dropping out of contention 10.5 games out of first place, tickets are readily available in our Chicago Cubs Tickets section – many tickets below face value.  If you are looking for Cheap Chicago Cubs Tickets also be sure to check out ChicagoingTickets.com who special in Chicagoland event tickets.