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Tourney tickets advice

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  1. Heywood

    Heywood The actual El Guapo Club Member

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    my wife and I are trying to go see the buffs in the tournament and tickets seem pretty pricey. I am wondering if anyone has any tips. I'm half thinking that they might get cheaper closer to game time for a buffs game far from Colorado.
     
  2. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    As long as Arizona is not in the session, I've heard you can usually get some scalped.

    If the 'Cats are in, you're in trouble.
     
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    @Goose @CVilleBuff
    Do either of you know when the PAC 12 tourney schedule will be released? I see a blank bracket on the PAC12 website, and I will be in Vegas Thursday and Friday next week...

    TIA...
     
  4. Shldr2Shldr

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    The bracket will be finalized Sunday. Spots 1-10 are still up in the air.
     
  5. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    This post tells you the time slots at least. Odds are CU will either be playing in the 3:30 or 9:30 pacific game.
     
  6. Shldr2Shldr

    Shldr2Shldr Club Member Club Member

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    2:30pm and 8:30pm. Vegas is in the PT and those times are local vegas times.
     
  7. Squeegee

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    Last year, when Utah lost, a bunch of their fan sold their tickets right after their game. A buddy of mine pick up a couple of tickets pretty cheap. But last year they had the 12/12 deal. They seemed to have the second biggest fan base there.
     
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    For first time tournament goers, you can typically grab cheap tickets IF your team is not in the 1st game of the day. As teams lose, people unload their remaining tickets very quickly. Typically right outside the gates. That being said, if Arizona, UU, and this year probably Oregon are playing in a specific session, those tickets will be very expensive and very tough to come by.
     
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    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Thank you, I'm an idiot.
     
  11. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Do you really think Oregon will pack it? I'm just going off of their season numbers, and they aren't drawing ****. It could be different in Vegas, but I'm not sure I'd lump them in yet.
     
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    Oregon fans are professional bandwagoners. Because of that I expect that with them *likely* winning the conference title, we will see a lot of green and yellow at the MGM. Not enough to over come the hordes of red, but I would expect it to be a larger turnout then years past.
     
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    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    True, I could see that.

    I also think we may see a decent Cal turnout this year.
     
  14. FChairbanks

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    That works well with the color scheme of the MGM Grand anyway, IIRC...
     
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    Indeed. Although knowing Oregon it will be the Neon variety.
     
  16. TSchekler

    TSchekler Darth's Hero Club Member

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    Are you referring to the NCAA Tournament or Pac 12 Tournament?
     
  17. King_George_XXIV_Rules

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    Also, I believe they do the "scan-in/scan-out" method at MGM. That is, a ticket is good for all the sessions that day, and you have In & Out privileges. So if a ticket holder from Game 1 leaves the arena and plans to re-enter for a future session, they must get scanned out. This is so somebody doesn't take a handful of tickets from people in the arena, leave the arena, give those tickets to buddies, and they all get back in for free. If it's not scanned out, the computer assumes you are still inside the arena and won't let another person use that ticket to enter. Bottom line is, if you purchase a ticket from a fan from the losing team in Game 1, make sure they got scanned out when they left so that ticket will be allowed back in. Some fans of the losing team won't bother with the scan-out because they don't plan on going back in.
     
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    Very good point.
     
  19. Heywood

    Heywood The actual El Guapo Club Member

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    I was referring to the ncaa tournament. I should have been more clear. But I think the discussion on the p12 tournament is very valuable. Thanks for checking
     
  20. TSchekler

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    Yeah, I figured you were asking about NCAA. I have tickets for the 2 days here in Denver this year, but I got them through a buddy who used a military resource to get them. I paid $150 total for the 2 days. There's obviously no guarantee that the Buffs will be playing in Denver, but when the the tournament field is announced and the locations are know for each matchup, you should be able to get tickets through various sites. You might be able to scalp some, but if you're traveling out of state with the intention of watching the Buffs, I would just pony up for the the tickets ahead of time. It's worth it.
     
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    I have scalped into the Pac12 Tourney a few times in Vegas. The scenario has been laid out well above.
    Sessions including arizona (and likely oregon) are indeed a harder buy. The Wednesday (first day) games are a breeze and you can sit just about anywhere.
    My first year I had a purchased ticket for day one and seats were plentiful, especially in afternoon.
    Day two I was scalping, guys were leaving game one and I wanted to buy for game two (CU). They wanted something like $90 for a good seat down low. I said "no thanks, I just need a seat anywhere and being solo I can probably sit about anywhere there is an open chair,), they scoffed and appeared annoyed. About 5 minutes later, they clearly didn't want to miss important gambling/drinking time trying to make money on their ticket, they asked what I would pay, I said "$25 or $30" and they sold to me. I ended up in the row behind the CU bench with all the player parents. Fun place to sit. I realized that Div. I athlete parents are a lot like me and all the youth club sports parents. Example....Every time Talton went in game his parents looked at each other and motioned with excitement. When he came out the game they acted with some disgust that their boy was subbed out. Kind of funny.

    Back to the negotiating for tickets. At places like Vegas many people are very impatient and anxious. (Which is funny, because unless you a show to get to, what is the rush for anything, people seem to do the same activity for hours on end....gamble, drink, sit at pool, repeat).
     
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    Also it is very satisfying scalping tickets to UofA fans. Like KU fans they will pay just about anything to get into the game.
     
  23. BuffG

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    The only annoying thing about scalping outside MGM is that they have employees actively policing the area. It's the only sporting event that I've seen that but it's also the only sporting event that's BYOB. Fair trade.
     
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    They only care because it is inside the MGM. You hocking tickets flies directly in the face of their goal of making money at the tables.
     
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    Wait. The pac 12 tournament is BYOB?
     
  26. buffalo1

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    Also....when looking to buy tickets from another patron.....go to the sports book, or the hotel bars where you will find many fans in school garb. Wander amongst them askinga bout tickets.
    And watch for where the "CU hangout bar" is and go there and ask around. Often people will have extras.
    One year I think the CU bar was at the Hard Rock just up the block from MGM Grand Arena
     
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    You are allowed to bring booze in to the arena since it is connected to the casino. They also sell it at the arena in case you can't bring your own in.
     
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    They make you transfer it into plastic cups at the security area. I've brought in a variety of booze. I forget if you're allowed 1 or 2 cups per person.
     
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    Oh, that sucks. I was thinking you could bring in a six pack or something.

     
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    That Turkish guy had an impressive stash. Here's a formula that's worked for me at the local pro basketball arena:
    - take 2 bottles (water in this case)
    - carry one bottle openly, put the other in back pocket (preferably covered by coat)
    - when security stops you and takes the bottle in hand, act slightly surprised, apologetic and cooperative
    - proceed with the secret bottle in back pocket - they'll never guess you're carrying a second hidden one
     
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