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Lorenzo Barcelo
10-02-2005, 10:32 PM
Look under press releases @ Whitesox.com

gosox3072
10-02-2005, 10:38 PM
Looks like no camping out for me:whiner:

Anyone think there will be more tix available considering the partial season holders only get 1 game this series compared to all games in the ALDS?

dakuda
10-02-2005, 10:43 PM
Looks like no camping out for me:whiner:

Anyone think there will be more tix available considering the partial season holders only get 1 game this series compared to all games in the ALDS?

All I know is, try as I might, I will not get tickets again. They reserve too darn many for the suits and promotional partners to leave too much for the people who would love to have the opportunity to be there.

Soxfanspcu11
10-02-2005, 10:44 PM
***?!?!?!? Why NO camping out???? It sucks completely! I was just gunna stay up there all nite after game two on wed!!! Why do they do this to REAL fans? WE are the ones who get screwed!!! We'll prolly all get screwed out of tickets and then the next day you will see half the friggin stadium up on EBAY! I HATE THE REAL WORLD! I AM SICK OF GETTING CRAPPED ON!!!! DAMN SCALPERS!!!!:angry: :angry: :angry: :angry:

Palehose13
10-02-2005, 10:45 PM
hmmm...flight leaves at 3. I'm going to have to figure something out.

cheeses_h_rice
10-02-2005, 10:45 PM
Linky. (http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20051002&content_id=1235184&vkey=pr_cws&fext=.jsp&c_id=cws)

CHICAGO -- Individual-game tickets to each of four potential American League Championship Series (ALCS) games that could be played by the 2005 Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field will go on sale Thursday, October 6 at noon. Tickets will be available only through TicketMaster - by phone at (866) SOX GAME and (312) 559-1212 and online at whitesox.com. Tickets will not be sold at ticket outlets or at the U.S. Cellular Field Box Office. A limit of four tickets per person per game will be instituted on all sales.

Ticket prices, as set by Major League Baseball, are: Lower Deck Box $100; Lower Deck Reserved/Bleachers/Upper Deck Box $75; and Upper Deck Reserved $65.

ALCS tickets will not be mailed. They can be printed at home using Ticketfast, or fans wishing to pick up their tickets in advance can do so at U.S. Cellular Field Gate 4, Windows 1 through 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7; Saturday, October 8 and Monday, October 10.

The ALCS is scheduled to begin Tuesday, October 11. Information on ticket sales for potential World Series games will be announced at a future date.

Ol' No. 2
10-02-2005, 10:47 PM
hmmm...flight leaves at 3. I'm going to have to figure something out.Internet cafes at the airport.:D:

Palehose13
10-02-2005, 10:52 PM
Internet cafes at the airport.:D:

Really? I guess I'll get there really early then and spend the rest of the time on WSI. Hmmm..it'll be just like any other day. :smile:

Ol' No. 2
10-02-2005, 10:54 PM
Really? I guess I'll get there really early then and spend the rest of the time on WSI. Hmmm..it'll be just like any other day. :smile:Flying out of O'Hare? They have kiosks that you rent by the hour or half-hour or whatever. Never used them, so I don't know the cost. Maybe Mitchell has them, too, if you're flying out of there.

Palehose13
10-02-2005, 10:55 PM
Flying out of O'Hare? They have kiosks that you rent by the hour or half-hour or whatever. Never used them, so I don't know the cost. Maybe Mitchell has them, too, if you're flying out of there.

O'Hare and I have a laptop if they have wireless.

Madvora
10-02-2005, 10:59 PM
I'm already nervous as hell about getting tickets.

Ol' No. 2
10-02-2005, 10:59 PM
O'Hare and I have a laptop if they have wireless.Not sure. I've seen the kiosks but never used them. You can probably plug in. Laptop lane (http://www.wayport.net/laptoplane).

cheeses_h_rice
10-02-2005, 11:07 PM
I'm already nervous as hell about getting tickets.

Sing it. It was almost impossible to get through even once for the Divisional Series tickets; I can just imagine the rush for ALCS tix.

Is the format for the ALCS H-H-A-A-A-H-H?

If so, that would make only 2 guaranteed games at the Cell, just like the first round, so you'd probably have a better chance of trying for Games 6 and 7 first.

According to MLB, the game times are (Eastern):

Gm 1 Tue Oct. 11 8:00 P.M.
Gm 2 Wed Oct. 12 TBA
Gm 3 Fri Oct. 14 8:00 P.M.
Gm 4 Sat Oct. 15 7:30 P.M.
Gm 5* Sun Oct. 16 4:00 P.M.
Gm 6* Tue Oct. 18 8:00 P.M.
Gm 7* Wed Oct. 19 8:00 P.M

So for people with normal work schedules, it's definitely an improvement over the first round.

kevingrt
10-02-2005, 11:19 PM
*woohoo*... damn this is the message board

ChiSoxGirl
10-02-2005, 11:22 PM
Fabulous. I have lunch duty at my school on Thursdays from 11:55a-12:15p! Looks like I'm putting a family member or two to work for me this time, too! :angry: But, considering the awesome luck my mom had for ALDS tickets (got tickets for Games 2 & 5), I'm feeling positive about this one, as well!

dakuda
10-02-2005, 11:56 PM
Fabulous. I have lunch duty at my school on Thursdays from 11:55a-12:15p! Looks like I'm putting a family member or two to work for me this time, too! :angry: But, considering the awesome luck my mom had for ALDS tickets (got tickets for Games 2 & 5), I'm feeling positive about this one, as well!

I have a class that starts at noon. I have a feeling that it will be delayed a little bit until I give up on the computer. I am sure the BD kids won't mind.

ChiSoxGirl
10-02-2005, 11:59 PM
I have a class that starts at noon. I have a feeling that it will be delayed a little bit until I give up on the computer. I am sure the BD kids won't mind.

Chances are the BD kids won't mind at all!

Foulke You
10-03-2005, 12:10 AM
Is the ALCS the 2-3-2 format or is it the 2-2-1-1-1 format? Just wondering if Comiskey would be the home park for Games 1,2,5, and 7 or 1,2,6, and 7?

CHISOXFAN13
10-03-2005, 12:23 AM
Is the ALCS the 2-3-2 format or is it the 2-2-1-1-1 format? Just wondering if Comiskey would be the home park for Games 1,2,5, and 7 or 1,2,6, and 7?


2-3-2.

eurotrash35
10-03-2005, 12:36 AM
Jeez, I don't see how this can get any more fan-unfriendly. Let's see here:

Tickets only available online and over the phone so scalpers across the country can take advantage of this unique opportunity? :rolleyes: Check.

Anybody that does get tickets has to pick them up the weekend before the game, of course not on gameday because that would make too much sense. No, you can't have them mailed to you. :rolleyes: Check.

If you do want something in your hand before the game, don't worry because you can print your tickets before you get to the game using your home printer. For those of us that won't be able to get tickets online we can sleep well at night knowing that the ticketfast system has airtight security. :rolleyes: Check.

They might as well just set up a scalping agency like the cubs have and screw the fans in a more direct fashion.

ilsox7
10-03-2005, 12:42 AM
Jeez, I don't see how this can get any more fan-unfriendly. Let's see here:

Tickets only available online and over the phone so scalpers across the country can take advantage of this unique opportunity? :rolleyes: Check.

Anybody that does get tickets has to pick them up the weekend before the game, of course not on gameday because that would make too much sense. No, you can't have them mailed to you. :rolleyes: Check.

If you do want something in your hand before the game, don't worry because you can print your tickets before you get to the game using your home printer. For those of us that won't be able to get tickets online we can sleep well at night knowing that the ticketfast system has airtight security. :rolleyes: Check.

They might as well just set up a scalping agency like the cubs have and screw the fans in a more direct fashion.

Uh, welcome to the world of the internet. I would have been pretty shocked if it were not like this. It saves pretty much everyone involved both time and money. There had always been (in recent memory at least) at minimum a phone sale, which opened up ticket-buying to anyone and everyone. Allowing people to camp out at a stadium presents a security risk and also would cost the organization money. Anyways, even when some tickets were sold at the park, scalpers were widely known to pay people (sometimes even the homeless) 20 bucks to stand in line so they'd still end up with their tickets.

eurotrash35
10-03-2005, 12:48 AM
Uh, welcome to the world of the internet. I would have been pretty shocked if it were not like this. It saves pretty much everyone involved both time and money. There had always been (in recent memory at least) at minimum a phone sale, which opened up ticket-buying to anyone and everyone. Allowing people to camp out at a stadium presents a security risk and also would cost the organization money. Anyways, even when some tickets were sold at the park, scalpers were widely known to pay people (sometimes even the homeless) 20 bucks to stand in line so they'd still end up with their tickets.

I didn't say I was shocked, the only thing that really gets me is the whole ticketfest trainwreck. now scalpers can not only sell the tickets, they can run them through photocopiers. It's been enough of a problem in the regular season, how bad is it going to get now that every ticket sold secondhand on the internet is basically a crapshoot as to whether or not you'll get into the game?

ilsox7
10-03-2005, 12:49 AM
I didn't say I was shocked, the only thing that really gets me is the whole ticketfest trainwreck. now scalpers can not only sell the tickets, they can run them through photocopiers. It's been enough of a problem in the regular season, how bad is it going to get now that every ticket sold secondhand on the internet is basically a crapshoot as to whether or not you'll get into the game?

This is the first I've heard of beign able to photo copy and sell duplicates. Any sources/stories on this? I would think before implementing this technology they would have addressed this seemingly huge issue of fraud. Of course there may be rare exceptions, but I cannot see them going this route with such a gaping loop hole.

ilsox7
10-03-2005, 12:51 AM
Wow. I just checked Ticket Masters website and it appears photo copying, or even having a ticket printed out twice, is not only possible, but not limited in any way! Maybe I have been living under a rock, but I had not heard of this until now. What a complete and absolute joke.

SouthSide_HitMen
10-03-2005, 12:52 AM
I wonder how many teachers on this board will have their students surf for tickets and award "extra credit" if they are able to penetrate Ticketmaster during 12 noon recess. Common on admit it - I know you are out there. :tongue:

The College Professors have 200 students in a lecture hall at their disposal plus TAs. :o:

Daley has 38,000 city employees at his disposal :(:

I wish I could camp out like 1983 when the die hards snagged the tickets.:whiner:

eurotrash35
10-03-2005, 12:57 AM
This is the first I've heard of beign able to photo copy and sell duplicates. Any sources/stories on this? I would think before implementing this technology they would have addressed this seemingly huge issue of fraud. Of course there may be rare exceptions, but I cannot see them going this route with such a gaping loop hole.

I've heard numerous stories of people getting to the gate only to be told that their ticket was already scanned and tough luck. Their idea of fraud protection is making sure barcodes aren't used more than once, meaning they cover their end and to hell with the people with fake tickets.

SouthSide_HitMen
10-03-2005, 12:57 AM
This is the first I've heard of beign able to photo copy and sell duplicates. Any sources/stories on this? I would think before implementing this technology they would have addressed this seemingly huge issue of fraud. Of course there may be rare exceptions, but I cannot see them going this route with such a gaping loop hole.

I bought a "fastticket" online. Theoretically you could print the page as many times as you want. The bar code is scanned at the gate and if a duplicate appears the second (and subsequent) holders are SOL. The only legitimate owner will be the person at the park with ID and the Credit Card used for the transaction (i.e. the original buyer) so even if you were the first to enter and the original owner shows up and produces ID an usher would escort him to your seat and could kick you out.

So if you are buying a "fastticket" on the secondary market you better know the person or you may be SOL.

As far as why they do this - many people have trouble printing (or doing anything computer related) so they wouldn't want to have to pay hundreds of tech support employees to walk customers through the process of printing their tickets or walking them through or restoring a failed print job.

cheeses_h_rice
10-03-2005, 01:00 AM
Wow. I just checked Ticket Masters website and it appears photo copying, or even having a ticket printed out twice, is not only possible, but not limited in any way! Maybe I have been living under a rock, but I had not heard of this until now. What a complete and absolute joke.

There is some security in the ticket printing process, though -- I believe that the URL to printing off a .pdf of the ticket is e-mailed to the Ticketmaster account holder's e-mail address. But once that ticket is scanned, any copies won't work to let you into the park, so you'd have to be a real moron to buy one of these printed tickets from a scalper.

If anything, the short timeframe between this Thursday and the start of the games may cut back on some of the scalping, because most people buying tickets from sellers would want to have physical tickets in hand.

SouthSide_HitMen
10-03-2005, 01:03 AM
There is some security in the ticket printing process, though -- I believe that the URL to printing off a .pdf of the ticket is e-mailed to the Ticketmaster account holder's e-mail address. But once that ticket is scanned, any copies won't work to let you into the park, so you'd have to be a real moron to buy one of these printed tickets from a scalper.

If anything, the short timeframe between this Thursday and the start of the games may cut back on some of the scalping, because most people buying tickets from sellers would want to have physical tickets in hand.

Actually the scalpers have time on Friday to send people to pick up their tickets / pick them up themselves. Nothing will ever cut back on scalping.

Bill Veeck did it best - he knew many of the regular fans personally and made sure they all had playoff tickets just like the season ticket holders. He also had records of regular customers and would offer them tickets as well.

Those days are gone forever.

ilsox7
10-03-2005, 01:04 AM
I've heard numerous stories of people getting to the gate only to be told that their ticket was already scanned and tough luck. Their idea of fraud protection is making sure barcodes aren't used more than once, meaning they cover their end and to hell with the people with fake tickets.

I had heard this was happening in a scenario such as my hypothetical following:

A person buys 4 tickets for a group of 3. The 3 of them go in the park together using 3 tickets. One of the group then takes the 3 used tickets back outside the park and sells them. Those people are SOL while the seller can go back in using his unused 4th ticket.

The ironic thing is, if you are the actual purchaser of the ticket, and can prove so by showing your name and credit card, then it looks like you're fine. However, I am assuming they would then go to those seats and remove the people sitting there (if they are) for use of a fraudulent ticket.

I would assume any reputable ticket agent, who sells on a lrge scale, would never do this as it would be easy to track them down and put them out of business/in jail. But for the scummy person looking to make several hundred dollars (or maybe a few thousand), this is an open invitation.

SouthSide_HitMen
10-03-2005, 01:10 AM
I had heard this was happening in a scenario such as my hypothetical following:

A person buys 4 tickets for a group of 3. The 3 of them go in the park together using 3 tickets. One of the group then takes the 3 used tickets back outside the park and sells them. Those people are SOL while the seller can go back in using his unused 4th ticket.

The ironic thing is, if you are the actual purchaser of the ticket, and can prove so by showing your name and credit card, then it looks like you're fine. However, I am assuming they would then go to those seats and remove the people sitting there (if they are) for use of a fraudulent ticket.

I would assume any reputable ticket agent, who sells on a lrge scale, would never do this as it would be easy to track them down and put them out of business/in jail. But for the scummy person looking to make several hundred dollars (or maybe a few thousand), this is an open invitation.

This is true but don't kid yourself - people are under surveillance inside and out of the park and if you are caught on tape doing this you would be going to jail. You would have to do this blocks away from the ball park. Personally I rarely would do business with a scalper and I definitely would never buy a piece of scrap paper that may or may not be a ticket. Being an Andy Frain usher we spotted counterfit tickets that looked somewhat legit but were off (and I am sure some tickets were not spotted and those people were able to get in) and they were real tickets printed off a stolen ticket roll from Ticketron / Ticketmaster or the stadium itself (back when teams would print their own tickets or season tickets still handled in house). This print your own tickets is OK if you are using them yourself but on the open market they are a disaster and actually may cut down on scalping as most people will be fearful / skeptical of a piece of regular paper. However, most if not all legit scalpers will pick up their tickets first thing Friday and avoid these games. You will always have a certain percentage of stolen / bogus tickets and this is just another method to attempt this.

Foulke You
10-03-2005, 11:07 AM
Ugh, you guys are frightening me now. I bought 2 ticketfast tickets from an ebay scalper for Game 1. I've never used ticketfast before but I'm desperate to go to the playoffs. The only reason I took the plunge is because he is an ebay powerseller with over 490 positive feedbacks. I called the place and they are a full time broker business and assured me the tickets are legit and I won't have any problems. Still, I won't be 100% comfortable until the scanner lets me pass through the turnstyles.:(:

Does anyone know if a b&w printout is ok for the ticketfast tix or do they need to be in color?

clogoodie
10-03-2005, 11:38 AM
Ugh, you guys are frightening me now. I bought 2 ticketfast tickets from an ebay scalper for Game 1. I've never used ticketfast before but I'm desperate to go to the playoffs. The only reason I took the plunge is because he is an ebay powerseller with over 490 positive feedbacks. I called the place and they are a full time broker business and assured me the tickets are legit and I won't have any problems. Still, I won't be 100% comfortable until the scanner lets me pass through the turnstyles.:(:

Does anyone know if a b&w printout is ok for the ticketfast tix or do they need to be in color?

I believe B&W is fine...and you should be fine with your tickets too. I'd be a lot more wary of ticketfast tickets from a random scalper outside the park or from some anonymous person on craigslist. An actual broker with three-digit feedback levels on eBay is a lot more trustworthy.

That said I hate the ticketfast idea. I might do it for regular season games if it was free...but i'm not paying extra for the 'priviledge' of printing my own tickets. And for playoffs? No way...I want the real ticket stub as a keepsake...

BainesHOF
10-03-2005, 12:41 PM
No way is perfect, but a phone sale is the fairest way. I would have been one of those camping at the park, but my job allows for such flexibility. A box office sale wouldn't be fair to people with regular jobs and older people who wouldn't be up for camping out overnight.

ChicagoHoosier
10-03-2005, 12:56 PM
That said I hate the ticketfast idea. I might do it for regular season games if it was free...but i'm not paying extra for the 'priviledge' of printing my own tickets. And for playoffs? No way...I want the real ticket stub as a keepsake...

I couldn't agree more! Why does ticketmaster charge US for printing the tickets and saving them the postage and paper they print it on? Makes no sense.

Plus, I like the stub too. Too bad I didn't keep mine from the home opener which was one of my favorite games this year.

soxwon
10-03-2005, 06:06 PM
ALCS tickets go onsale noon on thursday.
ticketmaster only none at box office.
small article in the sun times today

Ol' No. 2
10-03-2005, 06:10 PM
ALCS tickets go onsale noon on thursday.
ticketmaster only none at box office.
small article in the sun times todayAnd a large thread on this yesterday.

Linky (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=58837)

Generally speaking, if it was announced on the Sox website yesterday, it's pretty safe to assume it's not going to be news here today.

soxwon
10-03-2005, 06:17 PM
And a large thread on this yesterday.

Linky (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=58837)

Generally speaking, if it was announced on the Sox website yesterday, it's pretty safe to assume it's not going to be news here today.


didnt see it thanks for informing me.

Foulke You
10-03-2005, 08:24 PM
I believe B&W is fine...and you should be fine with your tickets too. I'd be a lot more wary of ticketfast tickets from a random scalper outside the park or from some anonymous person on craigslist. An actual broker with three-digit feedback levels on eBay is a lot more trustworthy.

That said I hate the ticketfast idea. I might do it for regular season games if it was free...but i'm not paying extra for the 'priviledge' of printing my own tickets. And for playoffs? No way...I want the real ticket stub as a keepsake...
Thanks for the info. I feel a bit better now. I'm not thrilled with the ticketfast tickets either but he had a "deal" (what passes for a deal for these playoff tickets). Basically, I only got mildly raped.:tongue: I assume ticketfast tickets don't go for as high as the "hard" tickets on ebay because of the peace of mind factor. However, as I said before, the high positive feedback rating plus my intense desire to go to the playoffs encouraged me to bid. Hopefully, there should be no problems.