Tickets.com and Los Angeles Dodgers Ticketing Partnership

Tickets.com, Inc. and the Los Angeles Dodgers announced a new long-term ticketing agreement beginning with the 2014 Major League Baseball season

“We’re excited about leveraging the ProVenue platform and continuing to improve the ticketing experience for Dodger fans – especially around digital ticketing,” said Lon Rosen, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for the Dodgers.

Los Angeles will become the 17th MLB Club to utilize Tickets.com’s ProVenue platform. In 2014, MyTickets Mobile, a new feature launched in September within the award-winning MLB.com At The Ballpark app for iPhone and Android smartphones, also will debut for the Dodgers, giving fans mobile access to any ticket purchased for Dodger Stadium.

“The Dodgers have made a huge commitment to using new technology to improve every facet of the experience for their fans – both inside and outside of Dodger Stadium.  We’re thrilled they’ve chosen Tickets.com to lead that effort around ticket purchasing, digital/mobile delivery and managing season tickets,” said John Walker, President and CEO of Tickets.com.  “We’re very proud to be partners with such an iconic professional sports franchise.”

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MLB Postseason Awards!

With the Postseason officially over, it is time for the awards to be handed out. The Rawlings Gold Glove awards were presented on Tuesday night and next week the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) awards will be announced.

The Rawlings Gold Glove awards were voted on by the managers and coaches in both the National and American Leagues. Carlos Gomez, centerfielder, from the Milwaukee Brewers won the Gold Glove award for the NL. Gomez was the first Brewers player to win the award in 31 years! The Baltimore Orioles lead the American League with six Gold Glove finalists with three winners taking home the award. Shortstop J.J. Hardy and centerfielder Adam Jones each won the award for their second year in a row and third baseman Manny Machado was a first time recipient.

To view the winners of the Players Choice Awards click here.

Starting on November 12th, tune into the MLB Network for the presentation of the BBWAA awards to the top players and managers in all of MLB!

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NBA Season Is Here!

It is officially that time of year – NBA Season! Last night marked Opening Night of the NBA season with three highly anticipated games. Most basketball fans had their eyes set on the Lakers – Clippers match-up, which was expected to be an easy win for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Last night Doc Rivers rejoined the Clippers for the first time in 21 years but for the first time as head coach. Rivers primary focus this season is to create a defense-oriented team that will require the opposing team to work extra hard for their points.

The Los Angeles Lakers scored 14 of 29 three pointers last night even without Kobe Bryant.  The Lakers ended up winning the game 116 to 103. Phil Jackson took notice of the new energy the Lakers are playing with and wrote on Twitter, “Fun to watch a team play with great emotion and purpose. Laker game was played for the faithful… now it’s on.” The Lakers are hungry to regain the Pacific Division title and last night’s play proves it.

Here are the highly anticipated games remaining for week one:

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Fenway’s Green Monster

The 2013 MLB World Series is underway with two Historic teams fighting for the Pennant, each with a 97-65 season record!

Game 1 of the series was played at Fenway Park, home to the Green Monster and the Boston Red Sox baseball team. For those that are unfamiliar with the Green Monster, it is a popular nickname for the thirty-seven foot, two-inch high left field wall and is a mere 310+ feet away from home plate. The Green Monster is famous for preventing home runs on many line drives that would easily clear the walls of most other ballparks. The ballpark’s storied scoreboard was added in 1934 and occupies the lower half of the ‘Green Monster’. To this day, the score is manually updated from behind the wall throughout each game.

Watch this video for an inside look at Fenway Park’s Green Monster.

Good luck to both the Boston Red Sox and the St Louis Cardinals baseball teams – may it be a nail-biter series!

Share with us your World Series winner prediction!

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Fun Facts About The Hockey Puck

It’s the start of a new hockey season and a full one at that! We came across this list of 11 fun facts about hockey pucks:and we just had to share.

1. The earliest hockey pucks were played with chunks of frozen cow dung.
2. NASA uses “two-ton hockey pucks” to train astronauts.
3. The first rubber hockey pucks were made from sliced –up lacrosse balls.
4. You can celebrate the hockey puck’s “birthday” on February 7th.
5. A Swedish player once scored by dropping the puck out of his pants.
6. Angry voters once took to mailing hockey pucks.
7. The fastest puck shot on record reached 114 miles per hour.
8. Fox television once used a high-tech hockey puck.
9. Pucks can actually be split during games.
10. “Ya Hockey Puck!” was Don Rickles’ Favorite Insult.
11. The Average NHL Game Uses a Dozen Pucks.

There’s also a bonus ‘Fun Fact’! Click here to see what it is and to watch some of the ‘Fun Facts’ videos.

Source:
Mancini, Mark. “11 Fun Facts About Hockey Pucks.” MentalFloss.com http://mentalfloss.com/article/32285/11-fun-facts-about-hockey-pucks

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How (and why) I Search

If there’s one thing that gets me really excited about Tickets.com’s new and improved website, it’s the variety of events I find when I begin my ticket exploration. I travel a lot for work, and when I do I always try to scan the web before my trips for any sports or live entertainment options in or around the cities I’ll be visiting. In the past, my online search involved visiting several different websites – I’d search via primary ticketing providers, broker sites, specific venue and sports team sites in market, etc. It took forever and wasn’t a very efficient process. Nowadays, I simply change my location at the top of the home page on www.tickets.com and I’m immediately presented with an aggregated list of upcoming shows and games in that local market – including listings for both the official box office and secondary ticketing agencies. I know my “ticket exploration” pattern may be unique given my road warrior lifestyle, and that’s why we’ve also enabled more traditional ticket exploration via the name of the team, performer, event or venue. We also have the ability to see events on a calendar or map view giving you lots of ways to find exactly what you’re looking for – or explore events you may not have otherwise considered.

Over the next few months, we’ll add several thousand new and exciting events to our powerful search engine – giving you even more variety when you’re open to it, and even greater specificity when you demand it.

John Walker, President & CEO

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Upcoming On-Sale Announcements

There has been no shortage of great concerts this year; including, Beyonce’sMrs. Carter”, the Rolling Stones’ “50 & Counting” and Justin Timberlake’sThe 20/20 Experience”. With most of the 2013 concert season behind us, what tour announcements can we look forward to?

For starters, Cher announced she will be going out on a 49 stop tour beginning in March of 2014. The “Dressed to Kill” tour will be the first time Cher has hit the road in the last 8 years. Tickets go on sale this week so be sure to check for on-sale dates in your area.

Country singer Justin Moore will be on tour until April of 2014, promoting his latest album “Off the Beaten Path.” The album quickly reached No.2 on The Billboard 200 charts (1).

Phish announced last week they will be playing four shows December 28th through the 31st at Madison Square Garden. The ticket on-sale begins on October 12th.

Demi Lovato also announced yesterday she will be going on tour beginning in 2014. Demi wrote on Facebook, “So excited to announce ‘The Neon Lights Tour’! Tickets go on sale October 5.”

There does not seem to be any shortage of great performances. Who would you want to see on tour in 2014?

(1) Source: TicketNews, September 30, 2013

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Did You Know We’ve Been Giving Away Tickets?

It’s been awhile since our last post and although it seems like we’ve been quiet, we’ve actually been doing a number of nationwide ‘Enter to Win’ ticket giveaways for this year’s biggest concerts and several MLB games!

To date, we’ve randomly selected 34 winners, along with their guests, from all across the country to enjoy the summer’s biggest events including; Jimmy Buffett, Luke Bryan, and Michael Bublé. For the baseball fans, we had a number of strong MLB match-up’s this season and we’re already planning on more ticket giveaways for next year.

In case you missed it, this week concluded the St. Louis Cardinals ticket giveaway and we’re standing by to hear from each of the two winners. If you live in the St. Louis, Missouri area – check your email inbox because you could be going to the September 28th game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium.

Starting Thursday, September 27th, we’re offering up a chance to win Selena Gomez tickets at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY and shortly thereafter, Justin Timberlake tickets in Tulsa, OK at the BOK Center.

A BIG thank you to everyone who has participated so far and stay tuned for more chances to win. We’ve had some pretty happy winners and we look forward to seeing who is next!

If you have requests for future ticket giveaways – leave a comment!

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Welcome to the NEW Tickets.com!

2013 marks a turning point in our company history–one we’ve been eagerly awaiting for over a year. We are live with the first phase of the new Tickets.com website!

2 yrs, countless hours of design and development, long nights (and weekends), an amalgamation of talented internal and external team members, executive support and a lot of listening to our clients and users has afforded us this launch. Our goal for this new experience is to focus on helping fans search and explore the world’s live entertainment tickets in one place. We aspire to be a ticket exploration engine and are excited to take on this challenge.

For those who don’t know, we’ve had the pleasure of being around since 1995 in very different forms, and have watched the web and other technologies dramatically transform both our business and the ticketing industry. Admittedly, improvements to our website have been in need for a while (okay, a really long time), which is why we assembled a team to focus exclusively on this experience and to build the foundation for a cutting-edge app. We are returning to our origins in the consumer ticketing space to add value for our clients and fans worldwide.

The new web application was rebuilt from scratch. From the user experience to the back end architecture, the enhancements we’ve made will arm us for future development of this ticket exploration engine. The new user experience features a much simpler and cleaner design focusing the fan on searching and exploring events in fast and fun ways. At Tickets.com, we are fans too. We’re hoping the fun of a live performance can begin with our new experience and continue all the way up to the event. We are also turning our attention to fan personalization, customization, and overall transparency throughout the experience–adding a user profile to manage favorite events, surfacing customer service contact information/FAQ’s, and better exposing all-in-pricing on the secondary (resale) market are just to name a few. While we aren’t pretending to have addressed all fan and client requests with the Tickets.com version 1.0 release, we are working towards them. We want you to know that we are dedicated to improving our service.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t re-thank the extended team who have made this launch possible and continue to support our initiatives moving forwards. While we still have much to do, we’re proud of the new enhancements to Tickets.com. We are just getting started and cannot wait to build out the future of this new platform alongside our clients and fans.

Be sure to check out our feedback tab on the homepage to submit questions, comments or to report a bug.  Feel free to also drop us a note at: websupport@tickets.com.

-Paul

Product Manager, www.Tickets.com

 

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