Monday, May 12, 2008

Why Ticket Master Sucks

Today marked an important day for all LA Kings fans. The pre-sale tickets for Frozen Fury XI opened today at 10AM. What’s the Frozen Fury, you ask? Well, let me enlighten you.


For the past 10 years, the Kings have held a pre-season game in Las Vegas against the Colorado Avalanche at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. I attended last year and made a pact with my brother that we would go every year from now on. The energy was beyond electric and everyone was having a great time. The Kings won in the shootout with Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar, and Michael Cammalleri scoring for the Kings. This was the first time I had seen the Kings’ future in net with Jonathan Bernier making a fantastic opening. In a bar afterward I met a guy who randomly had gone to my college and we both whipped out our ID Cards, whereupon, my brother pretended like he didn’t know me.

Bottom line: the Frozen Fury is AMAZING.


So, why is my post titled as such when I’m doing nothing but talking up the Frozen Fury? Well let me explain how this worked. I needed a total of 10 tickets and since I’m a new season ticket holder, I was able to get in on the Kings VIP pre-sale discount through Ticket Master. So I went to the site, and lo and behold, I was only able to get 8 tickets. So my friend and I were thinking of buying 7 and then going in and buying another 3, which meant that we wouldn’t have all been sitting together. When we took a closer look, we saw that the Convenience Charge was $8 FOR EACH TICKET. So for $28/ticket + $8 multiplied by 10 equaled $360!!! I immediately called my ticket guy and asked him what he could do for us since we wanted 10 tickets anyway. He said that if we went ahead and bought the Group deal (15 tickets), it’d be cheaper AND the service charge would only be $10 TOTAL.

So I had to choose 10 tickets for $360 through Ticket Master or 15 tickets for $385 through my ticket guy. Can you guess which one I went for??

cross-posted to A Queen Among Kings

11 comments:

k.m.stiles said...

hooray for having a friend with a discount!!! Thanks, ckim!

Amy Lynn said...

I absolutely hate those convenience charges. I think they're ridiculous.

Nadine said...

"Convenience" charge. Yeah. Right.

Is there a worse oxymoron than that?

Bethany said...

That sucks. I am jealous that you're going. I have always wanted to go!!

k.m.stiles said...

Bethany, you and your twin should come!! Ckim has promised several rounds of drinks that this is an event not to be missed.

CKim said...

KMS - Ahh yes, this will be an event to remember!

Ladies - I think all of you need to make it out to Vegas for the Frozen Fury at least once in your life. You won't be disappointed. It'd be a good idea to masquerade as a Kings fans (and not an Aves fan) because the Kings host the event and it's considered a home game for us.

Cat said...

Well, you know I'll be there. Hell or high water, man. I'll FIND a way to get money for Vegas. I might use the "I've been 21 for two years now and you have not sent me to Vegas as promised, Mom/Dad" argument. It helps that I have a cousin in Vegas that I can say I'm visiting.

Connie said...

Yay, Cat! I'm super excited to see you! September is too far away...

Kirsten said...

Damnit! I just realized that this June will see me turn 20, not 21. *sigh* This would make Vegas far less fun.

Tracy said...

THIS TWIN?!!!

Bethany said...

KM!! We SHOULD come, I may discuss this with her.
Twin, you're the only twin I have...so yes...YOU!