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Just how do you get in to see the Red Sox at Fenway?
2006-03-26 10:36
by Bob Timmermann

Rob Bradford of the Eagle-Tribune of North Andover, Mass., seems to think that it's impossible to buy a ticket for a Red Sox game at Fenway Park.

The man's sign stood as a lone voice in the Yawkey Way wilderness.

"What am I supposed to do — I don't have a computer!"


"As demand grew, supply stayed the same and less and less people were able to get tickets," said Ron Bumgarner, Red Sox senior adviser to ticket operations. "What happened was that the scalpers started to gain an advantage because they knew how to hire 50 college kids to sleep outside for tickets. And when online sales started, the easy thing to do was also just open up the floodgates and let everyone get as many as they wanted. What would happen was that 10 percent of the people who wanted to get tickets would actually get them. The resellers would get as many as they possibly could and have 10 other people doing the same.

"So what we said was that we were going to set ticket limits. Ticket limits is the No. 1 thing that discourages scalping. It's a pain in the butt, and most people hate it. But if we allow one guy to get six games, that is two people who are getting zero games."

Of course, if you're reading this, you do have a computer. Maybe you can try to buy Red Sox tickets.

2006-03-26 10:56:33
1.   King of the Hobos
It's near impossible to buy them on the computer either. I was prepared to buy some on the day they became available, using the computer, or the phone, whatever it took. I'm still without tickets, unless I want to buy some $20 seats for $400 a seat through Ebay
2006-03-26 11:08:26
2.   Bob Timmermann
You can always deal with the friendly men who scalp tickets outside Fenway.

They are charming individuals.

2006-03-26 12:16:03
3.   still bevens
You really have to leave it up to fate. You can login on their site but it takes you to a virtual waiting room where the order is completely random. My Boston friend logged in in the early AM and was waiting all morning. I cast my lot around 1100 and ended up making it to the purchase site 2 1/2 hours later. Managed to get tickets in the very back of the outfield seats for an August game against Toronto for $16 each.
2006-03-26 13:07:51
4.   DXMachina
I haven't had any luck getting Sox tickets, either. Apart from scalping, the only way I know of is to work for a company that has season seats, or to work for a company that the company with season seats wants to sell something to.

It's the main reason I haven't seen a game at Fenway since the day Princess Diana died.

2006-03-26 13:20:24
5.   Bob Timmermann
There wasn't a cause and effect relationship between the death of Princess Diana and the availability of tickets was there?
2006-03-26 13:50:33
6.   DXMachina
It's all part of the cover up. It's well known fact that Dan Duquette traded for Pedro Martinez at the request of some unknown person in the British government so as to distract the local media from the investigation.
2006-03-26 19:46:57
7.   grandcosmo
As was alluded to in the article the big time ticket brokers are using hundreds of computers and have automated programs to help them get seats. Unless you have Hillary Clinton's commodities broker you cant make that kind of profit anywhere else.....$50 face value for $400-600 a ticket.....makes the investment worthwhile.
2006-03-27 23:29:04
8.   coachjpark
I stood in line on gameday for about 4 hours and I managed to get standing-room only tickets for $20 in an August game vs. the White Sox on 8/12/06... that's about the best that you can do. I tried to sit in random unsat-in seats, but was kicked out about 5 times because no such seats exist.... it's PACKED!

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