How Do You Buy Sports Tickets?

Buying sports tickets can be as simple as going to your local sports club and buying tickets at the box office or through Ticketmaster. But if you follow a contending team or a team with a rabid fan following, tickets sell out almost immediately upon going on sale. It’s even harder to buy tickets for a hot ticket concert coming to your town, because a band or musical act may only come to town once every several years. To get into the concert or big game, you may end up having to buy from a scalper outside the stadium or venue at a huge markup.

If you want to avoid ticket scalpers and crazy ticket prices, there are several ways you can buy tickets without that kind of uncertainty (an uncertainty which might be illegal in your local town or state). Here’s several of the best ways to buy tickets.

Where Can I Buy & Sell Sports Tickets?

Here are some of the websites where you can buy & sell sports tickets online.

Try Ticketmaster – First off, log on to “Ticketmaster USA” and see if you can buy sports tickets without have to buy scalp tickets. Ticket Master has tickets for baseball, basketball, boxing, bull riding, field sports, football, golf, hockey, mixed martial arts (often known as MMA or UFC), motorsports, rodeo, soccer, curling, skating, lacrosse, volleyball and wrestling. Ticketmaster.com has tickets broken down into MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL and NCAA Basketball and Football. At the top of the Ticketmaster Sports page are current popular events and sports that are in-season. Currently, there are tickets for the NBA, College Basketball, NBA and Nascar, for instance.

Go To Craigs List – Go to Craigslist and click on the link for your home city (or the city you want to watch your sporting event in). Look about halfway down the center of the next page to the “For Sale” column. Under this category, you’ll find a link for “tickets”, which has a list of tickets up for sale in your area. Don’t be fooled by the simple layout of Craigslist. Craigs List is an online classifieds page and one of the biggest, most famous and most profitable (for the owners) websites on the internet.

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Post On Team Message Boards – If you can’t find what you’re looking for on Craigslist, you might consider posting on fan site message boards for the sports teams you’re wanting to watch. Simply go on and ask if anyone has tickets they want to sell. You might find season-ticket holders who have to be out of town the day of the game, who are looking for people to sell their tickets to.

Register at Stubhub – Stubhub is a major market for event tickets and sports tickets is a huge part of their business. In fact, Stubhub has gotten so huge in the last few years that NFL teams have begun to sell tickets through the internet ticket service. Stubhub is easy to use, with tickets broken down by the section of the arena they are found and by price range. You might have to pay a little more going through Stubhub than buying them when they go on sale or from some random fan trying to unload their tickets in a hurry, but it’s also one of the most reliable and convenient ways to buy sports tickets.

Buy Sports Tickets From A Scalper

There Are Scalpers – If everything else fails, you can always drive to the stadium or arena and track down and buy sports tickets from a scalper. Most every sporting event seems to have people willing to scalp tickets. Generally, I don’t recommend going through the scalping route, since the tickets can sometimes be outrageously priced for big events. Also, there’s the danger that’s always posed by pulling out your billfold and handling money in a public place with (hopefully) no security or police around. And then there’s the fact that ticket scalping is illegal in a lot of areas.