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Davis Cup final tickets sold out today in 15 minutes or less!

Deboogle!.
10-16-2007, 06:30 AM
Good news for tennis in the US, except for those who wanted tickets and were unsuccessful :( This article says 30 min but several people reported being unable to get tickets after just 10-15 min. :eek: Did anyone try to get tickets? was anyone successful? The USTA pre-sale last week also sold out, in a couple hours.

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First 'out' of Davis Cup: Tickets gone
The international men's tennis tournament finale sells out Memorial Coliseum in less than 30 minutes
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
BOAZ HERZOG
The Oregonian Staff

So much for a lack of interest in the Davis Cup.

Tickets to the tennis tournament finale Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in Portland sold out in less than 30 minutes after their 10 a.m. offering Monday.

The rapid sale guarantees that top men's tennis players from the United States and Russia will square off in front of a capacity crowd at 12,000-seat Memorial Coliseum, the arena's first sellout for a sporting event in seven years, Rose Quarter officials said.

Tickets weren't inexpensive, either. Three-day passes ranged from $90 to $600.

U.S. Tennis Association officials acknowledged that the luster of the 105-year-old tournament had worn off in recent years when they took over City Hall last month to trumpet Portland's hosting of the event.

One big factor is that a Davis Cup final hasn't been contested on U.S. soil in 15 years. The United States hasn't won the cup in 12 years. And the nearly year-round format of the event has turned off some would-be fans.

But back in its heyday, the Davis Cup attracted sellout Memorial Coliseum crowds to watch legends John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors in the 1981 and 1984 semifinal rounds.

The USTA planned a marketing blitz to drum up interest, but it turns out it was there all along. The only tickets available for public sale will be through independent brokers or Internet re-sale sites such as StubHub and eBay, which had tickets listed at more than face value Monday afternoon. And now the USTA has more time and money to appease ticket-less fans. Organizers are considering live big-screen viewing parties in Pioneer Courthouse Square and perhaps even a Davis Cup trophy tour.

Most sports fans can picture the Lombardi Trophy, awarded to the Super Bowl winner, or the Stanley Cup, which goes to the NHL champion.

"I don't think people know what the Davis Cup looks like," USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said. "The thing is more than five feet tall and weighs 800 pounds."

Marek.
10-16-2007, 06:33 AM
I wish I could go. :sad:

Deboogle!.
10-16-2007, 06:39 AM
Yeah, it sucks :( I guess maybe that was one of the benefits of the previous ties that didn't go through a big commercial seller and you had to call up the USTA - it would be a lot harder to mass purchase tickets if everyone has to wait on hold with the USTA to get them.

NicoFan
10-16-2007, 01:26 PM
Brokers buying up tickets is a huge problem for sports and concerts now.

Definitely a shame for people who don't have the money to pay the brokers' prices - and the tickets were expensive enough without the broker add-ons.

smitty8
10-16-2007, 01:34 PM
Brokers suck. If I lived closer, I would love to go, but I just cannot afford a flight added to overpriced scalper tickets and hotel. I tried yesterday just to see if I could get a ticket and couldn't get in at all.

Jimnik
10-16-2007, 03:05 PM
They needed a bigger stadium.

Dimonator133
10-16-2007, 03:06 PM
Winston Salem, please



and can we sub Isner in for Blake, please?

Winston's Human
10-16-2007, 03:33 PM
They should have chosen Oklahoma City. There would not have been the anticipated throng of upscale spectators to entice the brokers. Instead, we could have had a stadium full of true fans.

tangerine_dream
10-16-2007, 03:48 PM
The USTA planned a marketing blitz to drum up interest, but it turns out it was there all along.
Once again the USTA is utterly clueless. Now instead of getting diehard tennis fans at the final they'll get a bunch of corporate assholes who may or may not show up. :rolleyes:

Deboogle!.
10-16-2007, 03:59 PM
How is it the USTA's fault? They can't control who buys the tickets, except for the fact that they made a deal with a stadium that has an independent online seller. But I think that's a big stretch to make that the USTA's fault. This problem is rampant, it's hardly unique to the DC Final. It's just unfortunate for some people on this board who were unable to get tickets.

But it's still good news that it sold out so quickly. That means the interest was there.

Margy
10-16-2007, 04:12 PM
Once again the USTA is utterly clueless. Now instead of getting diehard tennis fans at the final they'll get a bunch of corporate assholes who may or may not show up. :rolleyes:

And if they do show for all 3 days, the moneyed folk will certainly not participate with the spirit that the true fans would. I was dissapointed when they chose Portland because I already had a room booked for Winston-Salem, but now I see I probably wouldn't have been able to get tickets anyway. I hadn't even realized that the USTA was handling ticket sales differently than before. Very bad decision on their part, and I feel sorry for the fans who got shut out. And, Deb, I understand what you said about the USTA having to go with the site's ticket sale procedure; but... maybe the USTA should have considered the fact that they were relinquishing control of their own event when they chose that site and chosen another one instead. But as people say over and over, I guess it's all about the money.

tangerine_dream
10-16-2007, 04:23 PM
But it's still good news that it sold out so quickly. That means the interest was there.
The fact that the USTA did not know this tells me just how disconnected they are from the tennis fans. :o They could have stipulated that only a small block of tickets goes to brokers. It sounds like three quarters of the tickets ware set aside specifically for online brokers and whatnot. The USTA should have done ticket sales the way they did it at Winston-Salem. That worked out beautifully and all three days were jam packed full of actual tennis fans, including Easter Sunday (i.e., dead rubber day). Best of all: no corporate suit no-shows.

Dimonator133
10-16-2007, 04:28 PM
The fact that the USTA did not know this tells me just how disconnected they are from the tennis fans. :o They could have stipulated that only a small block of tickets goes to brokers. It sounds like three quarters of the tickets ware set aside specifically for online brokers and whatnot. The USTA should have done ticket sales the way they did it at Winston-Salem. That worked out beautifully and all three days were jam packed full of actual tennis fans, including Easter Sunday (i.e., dead rubber day). Best of all: no corporate suit no-shows.


what is that video in your signature?? Who is it and what match?

tangerine_dream
10-16-2007, 04:30 PM
what is that video in your signature?? Who is it and what match?
You don't recognize Andre Agassi? ;) It's from Arthur Ashe Kids Day. Here's the full video of it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZiyyRDlDy8

Deboogle!.
10-16-2007, 04:35 PM
... maybe the USTA should have considered the fact that they were relinquishing control of their own event when they chose that site and chosen another one instead. But as people say over and over, I guess it's all about the money.I don't honestly think they even thought about it. Tickets get sold this way every day, millions of tickets a day, it's been going on before ticket sales went online too.

The fact that the USTA did not know this tells me just how disconnected they are from the tennis fans. :o They could have stipulated that only a small block of tickets goes to brokers. It sounds like three quarters of the tickets ware set aside specifically for online brokers and whatnot. The USTA should have done ticket sales the way they did it at Winston-Salem. That worked out beautifully and all three days were jam packed full of actual tennis fans, including Easter Sunday (i.e., dead rubber day). Best of all: no corporate suit no-shows.That's not how it works at all, the USTA doesn't stipulate who gets tickets outside of the corporate freebees. Brokers use software to purchase them and get ahead in the internet queues or if the sales are in person, they will pay people in the front of the line to buy more tickets than they need and sell the extras to brokers. It's not the USTA's fault. And this also has nothing to do with "corporate no-shows" - ticket brokers are companies who acquire tickets ON THEIR OWN and then resell them at a higher rate. Venues have deals with ticket sellers. Obviously the Rose Quarter complex has a deal with Comcast Tickets that tickets for events at the Rose Quarter are sold through this website. That is waaaaay out of the USTA's control and it's NOT their fault.

To say the USTA should have picked a venue that would have allowed them to use their own ticket selling procedure is, IMO, not at all practical. Plus I am sure that even for the ties where the USTA used their own number (which tied into TICKETMASTER for at least one of the ties I went to last year, by the way.), brokers still managed to get some tickets. The issue of ticket brokers gouging fans goes waaaaaaaay farther and waaaaaaaay deeper than tennis and it's not the USTA's fault. The broker on ebay selling the tickets for OUTRAGEOUS prices, probably won't sell them all, and then what they'll probably do is be outside the venue on the day selling the tickets for face value or barely over. That's how it works, anyone who's been to a sold out concert knows that :lol:

Dimonator133
10-16-2007, 04:45 PM
You don't recognize Andre Agassi? ;) It's from Arthur Ashe Kids Day. Here's the full video of it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZiyyRDlDy8



hahahaha. um, i'm REASONABLY sure i recognized ANDRE AGASSI!!! haha.


who was doing the worshipping, doofus:lol:

Lee
10-16-2007, 05:00 PM
Brokers use software to purchase them and get ahead in the internet queues

From yesterday's news, a federal judge had ordered no more sales of that kind software to brokers that allow brokers to grab large amount of online tickets. I don't know the detail or the exact dynamic but it's a good step forward.

R.Federer
10-16-2007, 05:06 PM
Difficult to know if it shows any interest by tennis fans, or just by uninterested brokers wanting to make a profit :(

Maybe ticket gouging of this sort, similar to what happened just a few days ago



So when Disney announced a 54-city concert tour, starting October 18 in St. Louis, Missouri, it was an obvious birthday present for Cara. But the day tickets went on sale, Cara's mom, Maureen Von Minden, found she was shut out before she got started.
Ticket brokers swooped up thousands of tickets within minutes of them becoming available online and shut out legitimate Hannah followers. Desperate fans found they would have to pay brokers $350 to $2,000 for the $63 concert tickets.

~*BGT*~
10-16-2007, 05:11 PM
hahahaha. um, i'm REASONABLY sure i recognized ANDRE AGASSI!!! haha.


who was doing the worshipping, doofus:lol:

It's Andy Roddick. You don't recognize the "I don't care about my hair, but I probably spend hours doing it in the morning" look and the worshipping your opponent instead of trying to beat him? ;) :p :angel: