As a Redskins fan, I am absolutely ticked off! Tickets for the 2008 Hall of Fame Game to be played on August 3 went on sale on April 14 at 11 a.m.
I was on the site and on the phone as my computer's clock struck 11:00. I was immediately disappointed with "Due to heavy demand, this server is currently unavailable. Please try again later" and a busy signal on the phone.
OK, I expected it to be difficult to get tickets. But I was hopeful. And at 11:22 a.m., the phone finally rang, and I received a message stating the Game was now sold out.
OK, I was hopeful but didn't really expect to be able to get tickets. So, I decided to do a quick search to see if anyone had been able to get any tickets to sell. And the answer is a resounding YEAH THEY DID!
What I found is that EVERY single website I could find that might have tickets did in fact have tickets. That's right, ALL of them. And they were immediately for sale, but at 3 times their original price. And they all had quite a selection too.
It seems that while I was clicking "refresh" and "redial," they had their staff of operators already on the phone buying up large blocks of tickets so they "scalp" the real fans who want to go the game.
In my opinion this is another example of how the NFL has lost touch with its fan base.
We all have our own issues when it comes to things we do or don't like about the various sports leagues we follow. But this is most likely one of the more universal issues we all share.
We end up paying much higher prices because of this sort of thing. And I am sure the Hall of Fame will say that they don't condone this activity.
But what are we supposed to do about it?
Well, I don't have the answer to that question. I only know that I won't be able to take my son to the game and see our new head coach make his debut. It ticks me off!
Maybe some day I will be wealthy enough to buy up large blocks of tickets and resell them at their original value.
I’d do it just to take money out of the pockets of the many "Ticket Brokers" that are doing such a good job of denying us fans their right to see their teams play. That will be a good day!
For now, I guess I will hold out some hope that I will find some tickets at a reasonable to price, but I won't hold my breath.