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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Insider: Tickets for the Los Angeles Lakers at face value.

Since I live in the Los Angeles area, there are a couple of common questions I get regarding Los Angeles Lakers tickets. This is especially true over the past few year, since there is no longer a pro football -- well NFL football team here. The first question I am asked by people I meet is: Do you go to any Los Angeles Lakers games at Staples Center? When I answer "of course", the question that immediately follows are: "How do you get them, especially without paying an arm and a leg for them?". That secret, is the subject of this post.


Lakers tickets, especially come mid-season and playoff team are very difficult to come by, even when the team is not having a great year. (Think the 04/05 NBA Season) A quick look on eBay shows a number of tickets, available -- but most go for at least $100 over face value, especially if you want to be in the lower bowl with tickets in sections 100, 200 or the Premier section seats. Then, there is always the option of going through ticket brokers. While they make it easy to find tickets for last minute events, they are also expensive. Those who do some planning ahead can really get ahead of the game.

What is the answer you ask? How can I get decent or great tickets for the Los Angeles Lakers at face value? The answer is much simpler than you think. Sign-up for season tickets. What you ask, you mean I have to purchase season tickets in order to get access to good seats? I could have told myself that. No, that is not the answer. When I say sign-up for season tickets, I mean join the Lakers' season ticket waitlist! This is a little trick I learned a couple of years ago!
The Lakers season ticket waitlist, is over 1,000 people waiting for the opportunity to purchase Los Angeles Lakers season tickets. Once you join the waitlist, it will be several years before you have an opportunity to buy them should you want them! When you are on the waitlist, you get the following benefits:
  • You get access to tickets for the regular season before the general public. That's right, usually 1-2 days before the general public has access to tickets -- you have the opportunity to purchase them. Seats available include both Premier Section (PR) as well as great seats in the 100's, including center court. This year, seats were limited to 4-per game or a total of 20-tickets, which is still great.
  • You get access to special releases of tickets before big games. Last year, several games including Shaq's return to Los Angeles in January were released to those on the Season Ticket Holders waitlist several days before the game. What is better, these are at face value and there are no Ticketmaster fees!
  • Playoff Tickets! Playoff tickets for the Los Angeles Lakers are also released to those on the waitlist before they are released to the general public. Last year I was able to get seats in the 5th row for the Lakers' 2nd home game against the Phoenix Suns which was one of the best Laker playoff games ever! I was also able to get a set of 8th row tickets for the 1st home game.

So, you ask what is the catch? Really, not much -- all you need to do is visit the website and sign up. What they do require is a $100 deposit per seat on your credit card. Which is refundable anytime you decide you do not want to be on the waitlist. That cost covers is paid for in the first game or playoff game you attend, plus you can get it refunded at any time!

Best of luck, and enjoy getting your tickets for the Los Angeles Lakers at face value!


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3 comments:

Ace said...

A Lot of good info here. Good Job!

Check out my Lakers Blog at:
www.thelakersblog.com

Al said...

If your on the STH waiting list can you buy tickets through a STH representative?Please reply Thanks

Al said...

If your on the STH waitlist can you by lakers tickets through a STH representatve? Thanks in advance for the response.