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    Re: Frozen Four Tickets - Priority Purchase Process

    Tickets arrived today via UPS (I opted for hard copy).

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    Re: Frozen Four Tickets - Priority Purchase Process

    Not sure what to make of this but it seems that you can get priority seating ahead of time bypassing the lottery if you opt for the fan experience. Has this been the case in the past too or is it something new starting in Buffalo 2019? https://www.primesport.com/d/ncaa-me...aa_frozen_four

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    Received a response from our expert on Frozen 4 tickets pgb-ohio and he says the seats available under this fan experience and ticket plan are in the ends and not the prime seat locations that seem to float around center ice out of the lottery system. So for a premium you can bypass the lottery but will not get any better seats than a mid level lottery recipient can get. This may be only a good way for a non priority holder to obtain ok seats but at a price significantly higher. One time buyers with big pockets may find it acceptable to get in this way at a location near them though.

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    New process to be initiated for Buffalo and beyond. Priority holders will be grouped to purchase instead of a couple of days at a time for each individual priority level. A big plus for those on the lower ends of groups while an incentive for those on the top of a group to try to advance into the next group. A portion of the email I just got from the NCAA: Note the level of 11 applies to me in this email. Everyone will get a similar email with their own priority listed.

    Dear Priority Ticket Holder,

    We hope you enjoyed the 2018 NCAA Men's Frozen Four and your visit to Saint Paul! If you were not able to join us in Minnesota, we look forward to seeing you in Buffalo in April!

    We would like to inform you of some changes coming to the Priority Ticket Purchase Process for the 2019 NCAA Men's Frozen Four at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

    The below table outlines changes to the Priority Ticket Purchase Process for not only Buffalo, but also future Frozen Fours. Priority ticket holders will now be grouped to determine their respective purchase date. Priority points will still be earned each year by purchasing Frozen Four tickets. As a reminder, earned priority points are permanent and you do not lose any points if you choose not purchase tickets for consecutive events.


    Priority Points Group Attendance Purchase Start Date
    22 A Perfect Attendance (since 1997) Monday, October 8
    20-21 B 20+ Years Thursday, October 11
    16-19 C 16-19 Years Monday, October 15
    11-15 D 11-15 Years Thursday, October 18
    6-10 E 6-10 Years Monday, October 22
    2-5 F 2-5 Years Thursday, October 25
    1 G 1 Year Monday, October 29


    Based on our records, below is your updated information following the 2018 Men's Frozen Four:
    •Priority Points: 11
    •Group: D
    •Purchase Start Date: Thursday, October 18
    If you need to update any of your contact information, please submit the changes to mensfrozenfour@ncaa.org and include your name, your previous information and your current information. You may also call the NCAA customer contact center at 866-208-0048 to provide your updated information over the phone.

    Thank you for your continued support of NCAA Hockey and we’ll see you in Buffalo!

    You are receiving this email because you are a Men's Frozen Four Priority Ticket Holder (PTH). You are a PTH because you purchased a ticket, in your name, through the NCAA for any Men's Frozen Four between 1997 (Milwaukee) and 2018 (Saint Paul).

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    Thanks for the update BC/HE. I bought tickets for St. Paul, but could not make it. I fit in the 16-19 range, forgot to order last year, and someone from the NCAA contacted me and offered the opportunity to buy two good seats for each game, better probably that I would have gotten going through the process. My wife and I have gone for years, but our team is unlikely to make it there again, and I wonder what the demand will be for tickets in Buffalo, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Boston yet again. Tampa is fine, will always go there, but, no disrespect to these fine cities, which we visited and enjoyed, but they are not places you would visit again if you have done it recently. I wonder if this grouping is to try to increase demand for tickets in such venues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crimson Faced View Post
    I wonder what the demand will be for tickets in Buffalo, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Boston yet again. Tampa is fine, will always go there, but, no disrespect to these fine cities, which we visited and enjoyed, but they are not places you would visit again if you have done it recently.
    I'm not sure you've really ever been to Boston or Detroit. There's plenty to do in both for more than just one weekend.
    I can see this argument for Buffalo, and maybe to a lesser degree for Pittsburgh, but does Tampa really have (weather and Disney notwithstanding) all that much more to do and see than Beantown and the Motor City?
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    I wonder if this grouping is to try to increase demand for tickets in such venues.
    I'm guessing the grouping is just to make the process logistically efficient for them with only 7 groups instead of 22.
    It's possible that the decline in demand for tickets may have something to do with it as well. There may have been multiple time slots for the different groups where the traffic was very slow if not non-existent. This might save some time. It will increase traffic at the very beginning of each group for sure. So if there's a location we really really want, we'll have to get online as early as possible.
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    Received an email from the NCAA regarding tickets and prices :
    Lower Level - Row 1 - $ 650
    Lower Level - Row 2 - $ 475
    Lower Level - $ 300
    Club -$ 300
    Club ( behind net ) - $ 275
    Upper Level - $ 250
    Upper Level ( behind net ) - $ 225

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    I'm done with NCAA. Warning, this is a bit of a rant so thanks for letting me vent. Long time lurker, but after 18 consecutive years, I'm done with the NCAA pricing the Frozen Four as if it were Game 7 of the Stanley Cup. It's actually amazing it has taken me this long to realize most every change has been solely to put more money in their pocket.

    I won't wax long about "the good old days" blah, blah, blah. I get it. No one does anything for free. Prices rise. But after sitting at the Chicago final with empty upper level corners, I thought "Surely, the NCAA sees this." St. Paul prices went down and I figured we had hit sanity. Wrong.

    The change in ticket priority AND higher prices are a combined last straw. I've had the 4th highest priority, so every year I could choose lower bowl corner or club level. And I was just fine with that. As prices went up, I figured, "Hey, at least I'm getting the same seats every year." And year after year would have the same people sitting near me. It was great and still felt like Providence or Albany back in the day.

    The changes this year make it much worse. First, I'm not looking for seats with just my year priority, there are now 3x as many people (potentially) looking for seats with me. Plus, my lower bowl/club seats went up in price again (a lot). Assuming that deters others from getting those seats, more people are looking at cheaper seats than ever before.

    The single ticket for 2 games continues to be a giant kick in the teeth. I have yet to hear anyone say "Gee, I'm glad it's only 1 ticket...what a great benefit!" and yet the NCAA refuses to budge.

    I get it. They NCAA wanted to make it more family friendly and they've done that. Congrats. If you want to listen to so-so live music, drinking $15 Bud Lights, collecting bottles of Buffalo Wild Wings BBQ sauce while standing in a parking lot then this is the event for you.

    I went back through my receipts. For the same seats, this is what it used to cost for all 3 games:
    2013 - $200
    2014 - $230
    2015 - $250
    2016 - $260
    2017 - $280
    2018 - $250 <-- (sweet!)
    2019 - $300

    So, I'm done. I know, no one likes to hear someone whine. I'll still watch the games, follow my teams, and who knows if sanity returns I can always get tickets again. It's good news for those in priority behind me...you're moving up.

    Enjoy that, because by the time Boston rolls around again, it'll be $350 for lower bowl and $300 to sit in the upper deck. Yikes. I shudder to think what Tampa will cost next time it comes up.

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    I don't disagree with anything you've said Koho. It used to be a nice niche sport that was priced accordingly. Now it's a niche sport that is way, way overpriced. The NCAA is obviously incompetent in just about every possible way. That being said, they took no responsibility when I pressed them about their aggressive price hikes and have said host institution(s)/host arenas set the prices. Whether or not that is true I don't know but they told me that directly.

    Some destinations are definitely worth the downside of pricey tickets, maybe even this year with Toronto/HHOF/Niagara Falls/Casinos in the mix. Chicago = primo city. Tampa = weather, weather, weather, Disney, weather, weather, weather. Boston = home site so no hotel needed for me. I miss the days of smaller cities embracing this event ... Providence, Albany, etc. I have a hard time seeing the justification of such price inflation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Papagiorgio View Post
    I don't disagree with anything you've said Koho. It used to be a nice niche sport that was priced accordingly. Now it's a niche sport that is way, way overpriced. The NCAA is obviously incompetent in just about every possible way. That being said, they took no responsibility when I pressed them about their aggressive price hikes and have said host institution(s)/host arenas set the prices. Whether or not that is true I don't know but they told me that directly.
    If that were true, you would think Buffalo would have learned their lesson when they hosted the World Juniors last year to mostly empty arenas with way overpriced tickets that even the Canadians wouldn't buy for their second favorite hockey event.
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    Are there any reports from those eligible to purchase starting today on how many tickets each person can purchase?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Biggar View Post
    Are there any reports from those eligible to purchase starting today on how many tickets each person can purchase?
    Highest priority is allowed up to 8. I assume that will remain throughout all of the priority levels.

    The nice thing this year is that you can just scroll through the entire arena at once to see seat availabliities rather than having to go back through the "I am not a robot" crap every time you want to look at a new section.

    Needless to say, there appeared to be plenty of seats left throughout, except in the obvious locations (center ice 100 level). I was able to get 6 seats in a club section directly in the center, so they hadn't blocked off too many of those yet.
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    Re: Frozen Four Tickets - Priority Purchase Process

    I'm supposed to buy today but still haven't gotten the link.

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    Of course, 3 minutes after saying this it comes in. 😁

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    Quote Originally Posted by TigerFan86-87 View Post
    Highest priority is allowed up to 8. I assume that will remain throughout all of the priority levels.

    The nice thing this year is that you can just scroll through the entire arena at once to see seat availabliities rather than having to go back through the "I am not a robot" crap every time you want to look at a new section.

    Needless to say, there appeared to be plenty of seats left throughout, except in the obvious locations (center ice 100 level). I was able to get 6 seats in a club section directly in the center, so they hadn't blocked off too many of those yet.
    Bought my eight tickets this morning. A very painless exercise which took no more than 10 minutes. This is compared to a couple of years ago when I wound up calling to order the tickets. As a UNH fan I have good memories of Buffalo as it is the last time the Wildcats made the FF and the Final. We won't get a sniff this year, of course, but I am looking forward to the trip and to see all the improvements in downtown Buffalo since we were there 15 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Ambrose View Post
    Bought my eight tickets this morning. A very painless exercise which took no more than 10 minutes. This is compared to a couple of years ago when I wound up calling to order the tickets. As a UNH fan I have good memories of Buffalo as it is the last time the Wildcats made the FF and the Final. We won't get a sniff this year, of course, but I am looking forward to the trip and to see all the improvements in downtown Buffalo since we were there 15 years ago.
    Greg - what's the cost / ticket?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    Greg - what's the cost / ticket?
    I'm not Greg but my tix were $300.00 each plus processing and shipping. Average $308 each. I couldn't get through on the site but used the toll free telephone number to talk with a very nice lady. She was very patient and put me back on the right track after resetting my password again!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    Greg - what's the cost / ticket?
    $275 per package, add on the fees and, with eight purchasing, it was about $285. Btw, I am of the opinion that being able to see the semis and final of the NCAA hockey championships in an NHL arena for less than $100 per game is a bargain. For perspective, I share a season ticket for the Red Sox. Our run of the mill seats down the right field line cost $50 during the regular season. For the series just ended (yes, we vanquished the hated Yankees!) the price was $116. For the ALCS it’s around $250 and the World Series will be well over $300.

    One note about Buffalo that I found interesting is that appears that site lines in each row allow you to see between the seats in front of you. So if you have the misfortune of sitting behind some 6’5” guy, you won’t feel like you have an obstructed view seat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Ambrose View Post
    One note about Buffalo that I found interesting is that appears that site lines in each row allow you to see between the seats in front of you. So if you have the misfortune of sitting behind some 6’5” guy, you won’t feel like you have an obstructed view seat.
    Depending on the size of the guy's big fat head, that is.
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