I've got season tickets already, but I'll take them! I'll give them to some friends to try and lure them into buying season tickets of their own. Just email me at my listed email address. When are we going to get together to play this game?!
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Itâ€™s a dark hour, if not the darkest. Â Itâ€™s a rainy day and the river is rising. Â We are under theÂ eyes this season, both on the court and off.Â There is no need to catalog the trials we are enduring here. No . . . this is a different kind of post . . .
All in all, there is usually very little most people can do to affect such affairs. Â We canâ€™t make refs hear the double-slap thatÂ screamsÂ “goal-tend!” Â We canâ€™t alter the flight of the ball on its way to the basket or otherwise. We canâ€™t protect our boys from getting hurt, and we canâ€™t make them sign contracts.
What we can do is buy tickets.
This is easier said than done, of course. Â It was hard enough when we just needed to go downtown, get change from a $20, then walk inside. Â No, we need to buy season tickets, and the prices just went up. Â We canâ€™t just buy tickets and fill the arena willy-nilly anymore; no, no, no, we need to buy big olâ€™ stacks of them in one fell swoop.
Oy vey . . .
So how many tickets do we need to buy?
We stand at about 6,500 season tickets, and we need to get to 10,000. Â Considering the renewal rate, we have about a 5,000 ticket problem. Â
Based on that swag, Iâ€™m setting a goal: Hornets247 will help generate 1% of this target, 50 new season tickets.
So whatâ€™s this going to cost me? And what do I get?
Besides these tickets privileges, there are perks, such as lagniappe points which can be used to take part in things like Chalk Talks and a convenient only ticket manager that letâ€™s your print tickets, email tickets, and more, all at no additional charge.Â Call (504) 525-4667 for more information.
Can we REALLY do this? If I take part, will my efforts be wasted?
First off: tickets are never a waste. Â I do know where you are coming from, however.
Given the low prices in the upper deck, we can consider our part of this to be a $36,000 problem, give or take depending on who wants to sit where. Thatâ€™s a daunting number, for me at least. Â Â
Thereâ€™s this old saying about eating an elephant. You do it one bite at a time. Personally, Iâ€™d like to add that you may as well not start at the back . . .
Here are some things we can do to solve the problem:
1) Iâ€™m already in the mix for 4. Â I am going to try to add at least 2 for this season and next by reconstituting my group at work that broke up due to some uncertainty in my industry. Â We were at 10 last season, so itâ€™s reasonable. Â So there you go, I’m going to try to tackle 2 of the 50.
I am encouraging all you folks to gather together with your friends, family, and coworkers to do the same. Â Put together a group of people to go in for a pair. Â
Some of you readers may even get together on a pair. Â
Hand-in-hand, gathering together in bands (to paraphrase a line from the greatest album of all time), converting scattered individual efforts into a season ticket committment is BY FAR the most effective way to get this thing done. It’s not like 10,000 aren’t going to the games, after all.Â
2) I want to encourage some of the fence sitters out there to think seriously about getting some tickets. Â Thereâ€™s nothing wrong with having a mismatch between financial priorities and the desire to see Hornets games, but really think about what you can start doing now to purchase tickets for next season.Â Â
Thatâ€™s fine and dandy, but letâ€™s talk numbers . . .
At the $848 rate (remember, there are plenty for less!), a pair is $1696 (many people enjoy it more with a game-mate), which is about $32.62/week for the pair.Â Splitting the cost with your game-mate, this is $16.31/week each. This number will drop if you increase the number of people buying in. Â Divide all that by 2 if you can get a group that can take advantage of the Balcony Buster deal.
You sure do yap a lot . . . Are you actually going to do anything?
Settle down, settle down . . . here is what Hornets247 can do to help:
1) We can provide a spot in the forum for people to discuss these matters, to help each other manage their groups, or to come up with ideas to raise the funds for tickets.
Â 2) We can act as facilitators to help groups form here in the Hornets247 community.
Â 3) We can keep the readers informed of the benefits of contributing to season ticket sales, the need for such contributions, and the results of your efforts.
Â 4) We can keep the readers appraised of deals for individual game tickets so their choice to buy into a season ticket group does not limit their game experience.
Did I mention we already went in for 4 tickets? Darn it! That was the title and everything . . . and me with no backspace . . .
Yeah, thatâ€™s right: Hornets247 has purchased 4 season tickets. Â
We are IN!
These tickets are not for me. Â They are not for Ryan, Michael, or Joe either. Â They are for you, the Hornets247 community. Â These tickets are going to be a part of what we do here. Â Not only are they going to be giveaways for contests, they will be part of `spot awardsâ€™ for unprovoked acts of awesomeness. They will help us organize Hornets247 nights out in OUR territory. Â There is also the small matter of helping to keep the team here.
As an example, who remembers the Hornets Drinking Game journal? Â I do. Â I know Joe does. Â Here‘s your WABAC machine for those who don’t. That unprovoked act of awesomeness earnedÂ NolaHog a pair of tickets to a game next week. Â (Just post here if you want me to contact you at the email address you used to register.)Â Â If you already have better tickets, you still get the glory.
A round of applause for NolaHog, people . . .
Back to it . . .
This is a new day for us.Â This is our time.Â We can’t do it alone.Â We have to take that first step, as leaders, and hope others follow.Â We can’t be afraid to fail even though we may, and for the whole world to see.Â We have to be proud and shout it from the rooftops.Â We may never get another chance.Â
And think what it will be likeÂ if we succeedÂ . . . again . . . keeping the party going on through the night . . . a hurricane party for the ages . . .Â refusing to partake in the smug peacocking we’d be entitled to . . . because we are, after all, gracious . . .
So . . . what do you think?
Love seeing posts like this. Thrilled to be moving back. I got 4 season tickets in the balcony. When you guys wanna get together on some serious fund raising events please let me know.
Hey guys thanks for putting this site together. I continually impress my fellow Hornet fan friends with off the wall hornets knowledge that I would be unable to have without you guys. Its a shame our team gets no respect from ESPN... for example, rediculous dunk from Willie Green last game did't even get a second view on Sports Center, if that was LeBron they would have showed it at least 4 times! Anyways my point is you guys fill the void left by ESPN. Thanks. I had a question regarding comments made earlier in the season by NBA coaches (if I remember correctly) about the possibility that the Hornets may be getting fouls called our way because the team is owned by the NBA, and if the hornets do well the NBA makes money. I just wanted to comment that since that time I feel like the Horents have gotten shafted night in and night out! Is this something that other people are noticing or am I maybe being a biased as a Hornets fan? Thanks
I think the officiating has not changed. There are always issues with it because it's a very hard job and, frankly, WE don't REALLY know the rules, as they interpretations are tweaked over time in various competition meetings, etc. Also, the 29 owners equally own the Hornets, not some independent 'League'. All that talk is predicated on that false dichotomy, one that was fostered for strategic purposes. Every owner makes a little money when the Hornets do well, and each owner makes alot of money when their own team does well. The situation is symmetric for all 29 owners, so there is no incentive for any owner or group of them to not have the games called other than fairly, so says basic game theory. And that is your John Forbes Nash moment of the day.
Can you honestly tell me that you watched last nights game and thought we got a fair shake from the refs? Really... that moving screen on Omeka???
I made a post in the forums, but I'll repeat it here, too. Is there a way to buy season tickets for games that aren't on a school night? I live two hours away and can't make it on Sunday through Thursday night games.
I've been "in" since the Hornets came back from OKC (actually, since returning to NOLA in '05, I also bought the small 3-pack and 6-pack of games they had in the Crescent City while the team was in exile in OKC). As a matter of fact, I recall a meeting I had with a ticket rep back when they 1st announced their return. They were doing tours of the arena, and were really pushing their "CP3" package that year. Essentially it was in the lower-bowl baseline sections, at like 40% off the regular price. After talking to the rep, I said that the offer sounded good, but I wanted to get 2 seats, not one. Since then, I've recruited one friend to buy into a full season. I would encourage anyone who has one season ticket to at least think about adding one. If nothing else, its way easier to sell off 2 tix on Hornets Ticket Xchange than it is to sell 1. You can also donate them to charity, or sell them back to the Hornets for credit (there are restrictions to this deal). Besides, it's a guaranteed way to share in the NBA experience with friends and family that may not otherwise be able to go. Never know, perhaps that will get a few more fans to be "in". Question not my "in-ness".
I think the Hornets need to do away with that variable pricing thing. There are only about 7 teams in the league that do the variable pricing but I don't think the NOLA market is a market for that.
I find out if ill be at Loyola next year for law school in the coming months, but if I'm in at Loyola ill certainly be in for the Hornets. But naturally if i have to go to one of these other schools outa state hornets tix aent happenin
We're in. We had 2 seats for half a season, and this season we bought 4 full season seats (taking advantage of the balcony buster deal). We've still got two seats for a 1/4 season (section 332 -- half court, facing the benches). We're passing on the balcony buster discount we got. It works out to be $150/seat for 10-11 games, or $300 for the two seats for 1/4 of the home games. If you're interested in our last 1/4 for those two seats, email me -- firstname.lastname@example.org
As an international fan I'd love to see every person that is in New orleans, who reads this blog to purchase season tickets. They sound like great deals, I know I'd buy them... So if you won't do it for Hornets247, do it for all us international fans...
I made a remark about the fans outside of the city in today's unusually wordy Bee Bite: http://www.hornets247.com/news/2011/03/31/a-massively-wrongheaded-view-of-contraction/