Brian Tramuel helms this series. He lives with his wife Michelle, their children Geneva and Brian, and their Cocker Spaniel Maestro in Charlotte, NC. They, along with his two older children from a previous marriage, Davina and Aaron, provide a constant source of inspiration. Aaron lives, works and plays in Charlotte and Davina lives, works and plays in Roanoke, VA.
The city of Charlotte is blazing in the sports firmament. The dominance of the Carolina Panthers as the only undefeated team in the NFL (at the time of this writing), the excitement for Charlotte Hornets Basketball, ACC championship football and the Belk Bowl all make this Holiday Season a sport in and of itself.
Pay to play.
On the night the Hornets honored Dell Curry, one of its greatest players, he would have to share the spotlight with his son Stephen Curry and the visiting Golden State Warriors. It’s difficult to know who the home team is when the Warriors visit Charlotte. Having led Davidson College to the intersection of the 2007 NCAA Final Four, the reigning MVP is a hometown hero. Tickets were in great demand; while at work I overheard a conversation between a colleague and her friend. They were scammed attempting to make a third-party ticket purchase for the game.
Sometimes a win can be a loss.
I understand the excitement of attending a live sporting event; the dream of capturing an image of your favorite sports hero or perhaps the image you capture of yourself in attendance, however at what cost? How much is too much?
The sudden and unexpected win of scoring those elusive tickets ends in a loss for my colleague; she loses money that she may or may not be able to recover and she missed a game that she really wanted to experience.
Attending a sporting event and watching live on television are two ways we participate in the sports market. For me the service satisfaction (large crowds, small seats, expensive food/ drinks) deter from the game satisfaction of watching my favorite team or great players. Honestly I’m fine watching the big game from the comfort of my living room on the big television.
If you value attending live sporting events/ concerts and have the opportunity and time (another cost association), consider purchasing tickets in advance. Otherwise consider asking friends or using your social networks first, this might get you into that completely sold-out game and quite possibly at face value.