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Getting Tickets to High Demand Sporting Events

Posted By Jim On 09/22/2009 @ 12:06 pm In Personal Finance | 6 Comments

Have you set your fantasy football lineups yet?

On the eve of the start of the regular season of the National Football League, I wanted to put together a post that any sports fan could enjoy. A post about how to get free tickets to premier sporting events across the country.

Ever look in the stands of the Super Bowl and why in the world those folks spent all that money to watch a mere sixty minutes of football? Even the worst Super Bowl tickets can go for thousands of dollars. However, did you know that the NFL distributes approximately 500 pairs of tickets in an annual random drawing? You still have to buy the tickets at face value but that’s $400 rather than several thousand. (here’s more information about it and tips for increasing your chances [3])

Did you know that there are plenty of sports events where the governing association does the same thing as the NFL – they lottery off tickets at face value.

Golf: The USGA has a lottery [4] in which they have information about tickets for a variety of tournaments, including the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, and the U.S. Senior Open.

Little League World Series: The LLWS just ended, with the kids of Chula Vista, CA taking home the trophy but you can never be too early for next year. Tickets for every game except the Championship game are free. For the Championship game, the tickets are still free but are distributed through a lottery with the instructions for the 2009 LLWS here [5].

NCAA Final Four: If you want to participate in March Madness, you can find out about getting NCAA tournament tickets here [6]. Applications are accepted from March 15th through May 31st the preceding year with winners notified in July.

If you know of any other ticket lotteries, please let me know and I’ll amend this list.

(Photo: rmtip21 [7])


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[3] here’s more information about it and tips for increasing your chances: http://www.teamonetickets.com/tickets-101/super-bowl-tickets-lottery.html

[4] USGA has a lottery: http://www.usga.org/championships/Tickets,-Hospitality-and-Volunteers/

[5] 2009 LLWS here: http://www.littleleague.org/media/2009llbbseriesinfo.htm

[6] getting NCAA tournament tickets here: https://ebill.securebills.com/finalfour/

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