For the 4th year in a row, I took a day off from work to try to get Cubs tickets the first day they went on sale. And for the 4th year in a row and I really wondered why I was wasting my time staying at home doing this. I had at least 50 browser windows open to the virtual waiting room from 10:20 AM EST. That was a safe number so my computer wouldn't crash. It wasn't until I read you blog that I found out that Fox Chicago gave out the multiple browser secret a lot of us already knew.
I didn't make my first breakthrough past the virtual waiting room until 2:30 EST so it took me 2 1/2 hours to tickets to 1 game. The game I got tickets for was the August 28th game against the Marlins when Sandberg gets his number retired. My tickets are upper deck reserved in right field but at least I'm in the park. It, then, took me another 2 hours to get tickets to my 2nd game, which was the Saturday game of that Marlins series. I wanted 2 tickets but they only had singles so I bought 1. Either my brother or cousin (not sure which one is coming out there with me) are going to have to get a ticket on their own for that game. It took another 45 minutes but I got the remaining 2 games I wanted, the Friday game of the Marlins series and the 8/29 Monday night game vs. LA. Alll and all, it took me, 6 hours or so to get the games I wanted.
I tried calling the out of state number but it was constantly busy and hopeless. I, then, did a trick that works really well when dealing with ticketmaster. I sure you know this trick too but you won't believe how many don't or forget when the time comes to get tickets. I used this a few years ago to get my Cubs tickets within an hour of them going on sale over the phone and the web. The trick is to call the phone number of the ticket agency nowhere near when the event is you want tickets for. When I did this a few years ago when I called a tickets.com number in Oklahoma City, OK and got the Cubs tickets I was looking for. Apparently tickets.com or the Cubs put a stop to that. I called a Buffalo NY tickets.com number and Charlotte NC number and got the same response from both numbers. They could not sell me Cubs tickets or have access to sell them to me. I could only call the Cubs number to get those tickets. I, then, asked to be transferred into that queue and both centers told me they can not transfer calls. That was a bunch of bull. I know for a fact that every ticketmaster center has access to every ticket in the database, no matter where the event is held. I find it hard to believe that isn't the case with tickets.com! Either Major League Baseball or the Cubs put a stop to that to control the brokers from buying up all the Cubs tickets from the Dallas TX tickets.com number or other numbers outside Chicago.
I have my tickets to the games I wanted to see but I wish there is a better way! I'm not a computer science major or tech guy, but there has to be a way to have a separate virtual waiting room for every game!! 81 home games so there would be 81 separate virtual waiting rooms for each game. Everyone knew the Red Sox, White Sox series and Opening Day are the first to sell out. Why not let people who want to get tickets for those games sit in separate virtual waiting rooms for each game of those series while those of us who want to see other games have a better chance to get through and would make the system work a little better.