Earlier this week, I went to a Sugarland concert a few hours away. I was pretty excited, since I had bought the tickets about two months ago and this was also a good excuse to just ‘escape’ for awhile. When we got to the venue, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the arena was fairly small – meaning there would be good seats throughout the house! The tickets I got were not too impressive (the were in a balcony off to the side of the stage), but I figured that we would be close enough to see everything clearly. In addition, there were huge monitors on both sides of the stage that would allow close-up viewing of the action. Well, when we finally went up to our seats we noticed that there was a large speaker stack directly in our viewing path. What a let-down! I was disappointed and immediately began looking around for open seats that I could slide into for the show. As I was looking around, one of the event staff came up to us. After a quick check of our tickets, the lady told us that she was going to change our seats, and asked us to follow her. She took us back down to the floor, and into a corridor that led away from the seating area where another lady was waiting. According to the second lady, the arena knew nothing of the speakers and asked the band to provide tickets to make up for the inconvenience. We were then given the choice from two options: stay in our seats (or an open seat near there) or accept complimentary 10th row seats in front of the stage. Are you kidding me? Of course I’m going to accept 10th row tickets… that was a no-brainer. The ‘free ticket lady’ took us right to our
thrones seats and handed us our ‘golden tickets.’ And to top it all off, the concert rocked and the people sitting next to us were a blast to hang out with.
So, other than the luck of the Irish, how can you score awesome concert seats? Try the following (and depending on your morals, possibly a little unethical) trick out. I know it works, because someone sitting near me in the 10th row did this. When you purchase your tickets, make sure you ask for handicap accessible seating. These seats are usually not going to be very good – at least not in comparison to what you are about to get. Once you arrive for the concert, go up to someone working there and explain that it would be wrong for you to sit in handicap seating and ask if there is something they can do for you. You’ll end up getting comped somehow, and you’ll likely end up with better seats than what you could have gotten if you just tried to purchase on your own.
If any of you end up doing this, let me know how it works out for you!