Big Game tickets purchased

Today was the day that all us poor yet die-hard Cal fans were waiting for.  It was the day, after a month of rich donors getting their chance, for season ticket holders to purchase Big Game tickets.  Tickets went on sale at 8:30 AM.

Long story short… I got my order for 4 tickets (the maximum) processed at 9:05 AM.

And it’s a good thing too, the tickets sold out before 10:00 AM.  The Athletic office put up an announcement mid-day telling the world the same thing.  So sadly for all of you who are reading this before you put in your order… better luck next time.

Well not quite… There are still ways to get tickets (in order from cheapest to most expensive):

  1. Buy Big Game tickets from Stanford – $50 per seat (will there be any left when they go on sale August 1st?  And do you want to sit amongst people who can’t tell that a dormatory impostor is living on campus?)
  2. StubHub – $115 minimum (A number available right now, some in visitor section)
  3. E-Bay – unknown price (none available right now and might get pretty pricey before the game.  Plus it might be tough to know if you’re sitting in Bear Territory or Loser Land)
  4. Buy season tickets for Stanford football – minimum $185 per seat or $190 for family plan plus $50 a ticket for Big Game, up to 6 tickets (Pretty much a guaranteed ticket, probably even after August 1st when the single tickets go on sale, but you’ll be sitting amongst people who don’t mind a band that trashes their own building and you’ll be giving a bunch of money to the Evil Enemy!)

Other options anyone?

Depending on who you talk to, waiting until November to purchase from StubHub or E-Bay is either a good idea or a bad idea.  Some think that demand will only continue to rise as fewer and fewer tickets are available for bidding on and prices will rise.  Others think that when (not if) Stanford’s season goes into the tank, Stanford “fans” will be dumping their tickets like they’re going out of style.  My advice?  Generally I’m a fan of “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”  I’d either get tickets on StubHub now or wait until August 1st to see if I could get single game tickets from Stanford then and buy on StubHub shortly there after if I couldn’t get single game tickets.

5 Responses to “Big Game tickets purchased”

  1. AmericanPhoenix Says:

    Good for you! We weren’t quite so fortunate.

    If you buy single game tickets through Stanford do you have to sit in the Stanford section? If enough Cal fans buy tickets will it become a Cal section?

  2. Ken Crawford Says:

    Sorry to hear you had to go the StubHub route, AmericanPheonix.

    I had thought about the “if Stanford fans sell enough of their seats (StubHub, E-Bay) and enough single game tickets go to Cal fans, will there be sections outside the Cal section which effectively become Cal sections” line of thought. My guess is that unless a concerted effort is made to take for Cal fans to buy tickets in certain areas, that isn’t likely to happen. More likely Cal fans will just dilute the “Stanfordness” of a lot of sections.

    Visiting your site, I see that we share two common interests: Cal and our Catholic faith. Out of curiousity, how did you find my site, through Cal links or Catholic links? Have you been visiting long?

  3. AmericanPhoenix Says:

    I haven’t been visiting long. Just this morning as a matter of fact. I was thinking that someone else must be writing about this ticket fiasco besides newspapers. So I Googled and your blog came up. I didn’t realize at first that you were also a Catholic blogger. I spent some time this morning reading your main blog, which is quite good. It looks like you and I are in agreement on many Catholic issues. I read most of the Catholic blogs on your blogroll. I’d be privileged if you would add me to your blogroll and I will do the same.

    Perhaps we will meet on Big Game day?

  4. Ken Crawford Says:

    That would be fun to meet up but, and this is the ironic part, I might not be at the game. My wife is due in eary December with our 3rd and of course if they baby’s been born or is immenetly arriving, I won’t be going to the game. However, I have made plans for my two other children (2 and 3 years old, both boys) to go to the game with their uncle, my brother, should I be unable to take them. I’ll let neither Stanford’s small stadium nor more children prevent me from fulfilling my promise to my children to make sure they attend every Big Game of their lives!

  5. American Phoenix Says:

    Congratulations! That’s really wonderful and the best reason of all to miss the Big Game.