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Unread postby uwmike » Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:22:20 pm

I was more referring to the process of having us show tickets, enter, wait, walk, wait, enter stadium, and check our tickets again after giving us wristbands that are supposed to show that we belong in that section.
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Unread postby Jabsco » Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:27:58 pm

Yeah, they change their shit every time. The ticket rip, then hole punch, then check for the hole punch, wristband, then do it all over again once we get to the section, along with the 1-person-per-minute through metal detectors. Missed player intros, barely got in for national anthem. Not sure we've ever been that close to just saying fuck it and walk right through/over our escorts.

ANYHOW. What a match though.
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Unread postby cabbersh » Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:28:52 pm

bmvaughn wrote:Monkeys are aware of the ingress/egress issues as well as the restriction imposed to limit fans from joining sec116 last night (wristbands, etc). We will have a post-mortem (as we do with every match) and will work with LAG to make adjustments for future matches.

Good to hear! It was so frustrating that security wouldn't let us stand behind section 116, I begged them but they said no. There was no way we were going over to the opposite end of the stadium to sit in the seats we had to buy. As we were leaving the back of 116 we saw a couple Sounders fans standing a section or two away from the ECS on the end zone and went and asked them if security was giving them any trouble & they said no so that was where we stood for the rest of the match & were happy that we could still cheer along with the ECS. Hope these issues can be resolved in the future!!!
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Unread postby futbolgirl » Mon Oct 20, 2014 1:31:16 pm

As the head travel monkey, I have to tell you all that we don't have any ideas on how to solve this everybody wants last-minute tickets issue. Here's how this works:

We Guesstimate, based on numbers of tickets sold in the past, on how many tickets to reserve.
Those ticket had been on sale since First Kick, and didn't sell out until October 6th - 3 days after our deadline to purchase.
Then, comes a huge wave of demand.

So I ask you, not knowing what type of last minute demand there might be, how much money would you want the travel monkeys to risk in order to procure tickets that we have no guarantee of reselling just to accommodate those who make such last-minute decisions? In this instance, we bought all that they would sell us. And it wasn't nearly enough.

I asked them to take back our tickets and just sell us the entire grass berm, but they wouldn't do that either.

So, as I re-examine this in hindsight, I'm still not sure what to do differently, other than to warn people even more than we did that they should buy early.

...And, I will say that while I understand that folks have been able to move over to our section in the past, to EXPECT to be able to do that for a sell-out match with so much on the line, is a little naïve.

However, we are definitely holding their feet to the fire about the ridiculously stupid entry debacle.
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Unread postby likeaboss » Mon Oct 20, 2014 1:40:06 pm

Agree 100% with Heather. Buy early.

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Unread postby iwantabossjersey » Mon Oct 20, 2014 2:17:28 pm

Heather, you summed it up perfectly. I bought my ticket back last spring. You shouldn't decide to come just because it is an important match. Where were all these people at for the Chivas games? I understand that the weekday one is a stretch, but there were only 100 or so at the first weekend one. You should be here to support the boys no matter what, not just because it is a big game.

As far as the entry/exit, that was a mess. It could have gone very well, but got botched. Having our own entry point at the tennis stadium was a great idea. The execution was just terrible. As far as the exit, there were several contributing factors. A)What if we won? Shield celebration, obviously we're not going anywhere. B)With the tie, and the ensuing Landycakes love fest, it was made known that if you kept us here through that show of emotions, it was probably not going to go un-interrupted from our end. The decision to move early came a little unprepared. It was the right decision, once again poorly executed.

Overall, I'd give the HDC staff an A for thoughts and preparation. F- for execution. They've always been one of my more favorite hosts, personally. Them and RSL. They try to take care of us properly, just failed this time.
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Unread postby RatCity » Mon Oct 20, 2014 3:59:24 pm

People will go to the matches they go to. Lets not berate people for wanting to go to a very important match. But, people should do their best to buy early to help keep our numbers up. Like we said. We do our best to get everyone in. At a certain point though we have to cut ticket sales off so we don't get stuck with a fat bill from these clubs for unused tickets. The solution to this is MLS adhering to the 5% rule FIFA eslablished for away support. But I don't see that happening anytime soon since there arnt that many groups that travel like us.

Best rule of thumb: figure out what matches you want to go to and purchase early.
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Unread postby cweeks » Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:06:58 pm

On a positive note. We didn't have to use inflatable noise maker sticks as two poles so we got that going for us, which is nice.
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Unread postby ericgi » Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:19:41 pm

futbolgirl wrote:
I asked them to take back our tickets and just sell us the entire grass berm, but they wouldn't do that either.

Being right above ACB would have been a recipe for security disaster. I can see why this wasn't allowed.
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Unread postby OGJoeG » Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:51:47 pm

I, too, bought a late ticket off Stub Hub not because it was a big game, but I didn't have solid travel plans locked down. That being said, I also knew there was a real possibility I was going to get denied entry into 116. Didn't get a wristband, didn't get a hole punch but did get into 116 before the full group and lead BBC during intros with all of about 10 supporters. Needless to say it was worse than anemic. Sorry to the wealthy elderly couple sitting across the row in 115. I'm sure you didn't pay $500 to listen to us scream, your faces of utter disgust were priceless. Galaxy fans: folding down the 1 on you Donovan head bands and taunting ECS with the 0 around the 60th minute was clever. I say, well played little 9-year old girl with a flashing red bow in your hair, well played. You know who you are. Thanks to So-Cal for the work put into the tailgate, did not go unnoticed.
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Unread postby iwantabossjersey » Wed Oct 22, 2014 8:44:29 am

For only having 1 post, I'd say that was a good one!
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