The men were gathered around the computers this morning at 10:00 with such intensity, I had to see which YouTube video was so compelling.
Instead, I saw them typing, trying to type, those crossed out, arched security words. Except in this case, there were two words to decipher.
Ah ha. They were on the New York Yankees website. Of course. Tickets for the regular season went on sale to the general public at 10:00 am.
The process takes fans through Ticketmaster. Once you submit the information for the event you want, the date and number of tickets, you typically get a message saying “your wait time is approximately 2 minutes.”Well, today’s wait was “approximately 15 minutes or more.”
I know because I heard the guys complaining about it, plus I jumped on line to see if I could get anything. I don’t know why I wasted time trying for the home opener on March 31, but after a 13 minute wait, I was informed that my request was not available. “Try for another game.”
After a couple of tries on the two scribbled, crossed out lines, another 15-minute wait warning appeared.I went over to the Met’s site to see if it was any easier there. I found out I have to wait until March 9th when that team’s tickets are released to the general public.
However, had I been a 2008 Mets Season Ticket or Plan Holder I would have had the “presale” opportunity yesterday to buy regular season individual tickets.
Oh, back to the Yankees site. Only two minutes to wait. And look! I got in. I had the ability to buy two tickets in the nose-bleediest section, TIER 34, to the first home New York Yankees/Red Sox game for 22-bucks each. But somehow, in checking my schedule, realizing I was out of town that week, deciding to go ahead and buy them anyway, I took more than the two-minutes allotted. My new message “You exceeded time limit tickets released.”
UGH! Now it’s a mission. Back to the 15-minute wait game.
The guys had the right idea. They were jumping to the web sites of the opposing team to try to get Yankees tickets. But it didn’t work. The teams they wanted hadn’t put their tickets on sale yet.
Back to Ticketmaster. With it telling me I only had three minutes to wait, I wasn’t going anywhere.So finally, yes, I can still get Yankees/Red Sox tickets for 22-dollars. The deal had changed, though. Now, my tier seats have switched to the First Base Side of the Stadium. Who cares, right? I only have two minutes to buy these!
And now I need my Ticketmaster password. At least by clicking that I want the tickets, I’m given five-minutes to process the order. I have to reset the password. Re-enter my credit card information.The tickets are mine! And even better, now that I read the confirmation page, it says Obstructed View. Like you can see from the very Tier top anyway.