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My wife and I are going to Chicago 1 (lower bowl) and 2 (GA), and a Chicago buddy & I have GA for Chicago 4.  On Monday I'll get a single ticket for myself for Chicago 3--not sure what kind yet (if I have a choice!).  Either GA, good lower bowl, or RZ (if I can get it).  If I do get RZ for Chicago 3, see you there! (unless we're on different sides, of course).  Regarding your Chicago 4 ticket choice, sure, a 200 level/center arena would be fine.  But, even better (and same price!) to get similar lower bowl tix.  And best of all (if I'm right about where the main stage is), would be lower bowl 113 (and within this section, closer to 112 than 114) or 121 (closer to 122 than 120).  Next best, 112 or 122.  Also, are you getting 1 or 2 tix for Chicago 4?  It's always easier to get a good single--but of course, you (and most, including me most of the time) will be going for pairs.  Finally, I might try for MSG 5 & 6 tix, but I only have so much cash!

 

 

If I can't get tomorrow 101-121-122 or 111-112-113 for Chicago...what would you prefer? 102-103, 109-110 or 218-219, 233-234?

It is very likely blocks 114-120 would have limit views, no? Also I am afraid to get 113-121 (closer to 114-120) due the same reason.

 

Lets see if general sale tomorrow will be so crazy as last week.

I would like too much to get 2 tickets for Chicago 4.

 

Wow.  Excellent questions.  By the way, one general thing to know is that the seats in each row are numbered "left to right", AS YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE SECTION FROM THE FLOOR.  So, looking at the TM map, sections like 121, 122, etc. have numbers going from left to right (e.g., 1 to 22 or whatever), whereas "mirror" sections (e.g., 112, 113) have numbers that (from the perspective of the TM map) go up from right to left.  You might want to look at a "blown-up" version of the current (Chicago 1 & 2) maps and hover your cursor around various seats; you'll see what I mean.

 

Why is this important?  Because all positions in a row (within a section) are not created equal--they tell you whether they're in the middle of the section or more toward the sections on either side.  Also, in general, lower rows are always better (both closer and improve your viewing angle of the stage).  So, for example, a low row/high seat number in 112 could easily be better than a higher row/low seat number in 113.

 

Also, I think the entire 113 or 121 sections are safe--I wouldn't worry about those at all if I were you.  I'd even consider 120 (w/higher seat numbers) or 114 (w/lower seat numbers) if the row number was low (below 10, say), although these might be slightly risky.

 

And I'd say 115-119 should be avoided for sure; but that under certain circumstances (just mentioned) 120 or 114 could be good.

 

And finally, your main question: If 101/121/122 or 111/112/113 are not possible, I'd go for 218/219 or 233/234 over 102/103 or 109/110 for sure.   In fact, I'd seriously consider those upper level areas over 101 or 111.  Again, depends on the rows/seat numbers (e.g., high seat numbers in 101 or lower seat numbers in 111 are pretty close to the next-further sections).  And 218/219 or 233/234 with a low row number should be pretty darn good.  Keep in mind the 200-level overhangs the 100-level to some degree, so lower rows in 200 level are actually closer than some higher rows in corresponding lower bowl sections (although, of course, this is somewhat offset by 200-level being higher).

 

My crystal ball tells me (famous last words) that demand will be significant, but not as strong as for Chicago 1 & 2, which should help.  I predict you'll land some nice seats for Chicago 4.  I hope I'm right!  I'm also hoping I can get something good for Chicago 3!

 

Oh yeah, one last thing.  My sense from past experience is that the stage tends to be a bit farther to the left (e.g., in the Chicago diagram) than the TM maps make it appear.  This is part of why I think basically everything in 113 or 121 would be fine.

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You're welcome!  Your plan sounds about right--except that if you get offered lousyish stuff on the 5th try, I'd toss 'em and try again.  And of course, if you get something pretty good (even if not outstanding) earlier, you may want to pull the trigger then.  And as I've said before, decisions about exactly when to pull the trigger can be nerve-wracking.  One last thought--you might even want to consider restricting the search to full price 200-level at some point (maybe even from the start).  I bet you'd snag some nice, lower-row 200 level seats.  And finally, all my advice is just based on my experience and strategizing given a bunch of factors (I also happen to be a professional researcher, which helps), and comes w/no guarantees!  Good luck; wish me the same.

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Hi!

 

Just got 2 tickets for Chicago 4. I was searching for 100-level, just finding 121 (closer 120), 113 (closer 114) and 110.

 

Then I found 218 Row 4 and bought it!

 

I dont know if it was a good deal.

:(

 

And you mike7man?

I hope you were luck!

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Hi Back!!

 

Congrats on the good tix.  Personally, as you know, I would've preferred the 121 or 133 tix instead (unless the ticket rows were quite high), but 218 Row 4 is really, really, nice, no question!

 

And...wait for it...I DID manage, to my amazement, to score an RZ1 ticket for Chicago 3.  So, small world, eh?  I'll be seeing you in the RZ!  We're even on the same side.

 

Mike

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Great news, you also got RZ1 for Chicago 3! Lets drink a beer there! Wow, is it allowed beer there?

 

It was hard to get RZ today?

 

The row in 121 and 113 blocks that I found was 14. I guess the last is 18, right? I dont know if I did a good deal, but no problem, lets go!

 

Now my goal is save a lot of money to pay the tickets! :)

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Ah, row 14 in 121 or 113, eh?  Well, it could maybe go either way, but given your great row for 218, I'd say that those are basically at least as good as the 121/113 tix you were offered.  So congratulations!  I'm virtually certain you'll be very pleased.  You definitely got an excellent deal!

 

And yes, it was hard to get RZ.  I actually tried a trick that somebody else mentioned--I just requested 1 ticket (which is fine, because I'm by myself for Chicago 3).  Jumped on the onsale right on time, and lo and behold, it came up.  Very happy camper.  I'd even (in another browser) requested another single RZ ticket (in case my first try didn't work), and that came up too!  After some thought, though, I let it go.

 

And absolutely, let's have a beer (or two) in the RZ!  One of the RZ perks is we have our very own (cash) bar, believe it or not.  Alcohol is available throughout the arena, but it's very convenient to have our own bar (not to mention some kind of special access to bathrooms).

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i do have 1 spare in red zone on the 29th October in london face value if anyone is interested. The misses has pulled out but im still going.  

You can email me on mentis79@hotmail.com

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