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  1. The seats in Rows 1-4 in the upper deck are physically separated from the rest of the seats in that level. Those rows are directly above the club level. I wouldn't say the view is dramatically better, but if there isn't much of a price difference between Row 1 seats and Row 5 seats, I'd jump on buying the Row 1 seats. The biggest negative I remember about sitting in rows 1-4 in the upper deck (and I'm pretty sure I've only sat there once, for the Notre Dame/Temple game back in 2015) is there are a lot of seats in the row. That may only be true of selected sections though.
  2. If you sit high, you shouldn't have a problem seeing the end zones. Obviously the opposite end zone will be far away but you can still see it, and the near end zone will be below you. You can also see the end zones without a problem from the sideline seats.
  3. I recommend sitting in the upper deck, partly because it will be cheaper but more so because you can see the whole field better, even though you are further away. I personally have a slight preference for sideline seats because the action will never be on the opposite end of the field if you are sitting near the middle of the field, but sometimes I like sitting in end zone seats because you can see plays develop better from behind or in front of a play. If you haven't attended any football games before, I think you should sit on the sideline so you can get a view reasonably similar to what you are familiar with (i.e. what you get on TV). I recommend sitting close to but not at the end of an aisle, especially the aisle closer to the middle of the field relative to your seat (if you sit on the end, people walking up and down the steps will block your view fairly often; you'll also have to stand up fairly often to let people out of your row). Finally, because the Cowboys game is in the latter half of December, I strongly suggest sitting in the west stands (Sections 201-207, 239-244) on north stands (Sections 233-237) so that any cold, northwest wind is blocked by the stadium structure itself and it isn't blowing on you. Two other tips - try not to stand during plays unless many people around you are also standing (or if you are in the last row, in which case standing doesn't matter). Standing a lot when everyone else or almost everyone else is sitting annoys the hell out of the fans sitting behind you. Also, try not to leave your seat for restroom breaks or concessions during game action; wait until there is TV timeout (i.e. change of possession, scoring play, end of quarter, 2 minute warning, etc.) to get up to go do what you need to do. If necessary, wait until another TV timeout to return to your seat (unless your seat is near the front of the section and near an aisle such that you can get back to your seat between plays without blocking your fellow fans' view of live plays.) P.S. If you live in Minnesota, you should try to attend the Eagles/Vikings game in Minneapolis in early October too. (Ironically, I'll probably make a road trip to that game.)
  4. Here’s the screen I get:
  5. I’m seeing two tickets for the 12/22 game starting at $164 each on Ticketmaster (resale tickets). The above cost is probably reasonable, but I’d monitor things for a few weeks to see how the prices change.
  6. Scattered singles are still available. If you need one ticket, you can still get it. If you need more than one, you will need to go through a resale site like Ticketmaster Exchange.
  7. You should have tried to buy today (day tickets went on sale) at 10 AM. I’d try to buy ASAP. EDIT: I just checked the Eagles’ site/Ticketmaster, and there are a very limited number of single tickets still available, starting at $117 excluding fees. Unless that game ultimately means nothing (like the 2017 season finale), you won’t get a better rate.
  8. As of 12:30 PM ET today (Tuesday 5/14), single game, non-resale ticket availability is as follows: *Can still buy multiple tickets together: Giants *Many scattered singles available: Lions, Jets, Seahawks *Limited number of scattered singles available: Redskins, Cowboys *Tickets completely sold out: Bears, Patriots
  9. I was able to get singles (what I wanted/needed) for the Jets and Bears games (the games I wanted) in the upper deck relatively close to midfield (where I wanted to sit) for $119.30 each ($100 per ticket plus fees). I’m pretty pleased. EDIT: I forgot to mention that I originally got on the website at about 10:01 or 10:02 AM via smartphone; I was in the middle of a facilities tour for a professional group I belong to, so getting on at 10 AM was hard. The queue initially had between 500 and 600 people in it when I bought for the Jets game. After I bought the ticket for that game, I went back into the queue for the Bears game, and there were over 2000 people in the queue when I got in. Despite that, I was able to buy a direct, non-resale ticket for that game too.
  10. They might; I think NFC East games cost more last year.
  11. I thought the Ticketmaster ticket process was actually improved last year because you could actually select your seats on the website, something you couldn't do for Eagles games previously. However, that positive was more than offset IMO by the dramatically increased ticket prices the Eagles were charging for games. Before the change, when you couldn't actually pick your seat and could only pick your seating level, it was much harder to actually find out what tickets were available to games. However, I think the Eagles would make a limited number of tickets available after the single game tickets "sold out" (I'm guessing through season ticket holders dying, or businesses giving up tickets in advance of the season, or finding out some complimentary tickets would not be needed, or similar issues), and if you were aware of that and knew how to use the website, that also meant single tickets were often available for Eagles home games long after the official single game on-sale date in May. I used that to my advantage a few times by buying a single ticket to some games at or slightly above the season ticket holder cost; in some cases I was able to buy the ticket at the stadium box office a couple months before a game, which also saved me from paying the online Ticketmaster fees. (I like having actual physical tickets you buy at the box office or similar, heavier paper stock tickets because I like to save my ticket stubs, so my approach also allowed me to get those tickets without paying exorbitant prices.) Needless to say, I'm not a fan of the new process.
  12. Yes, I noticed there are Eagles tickets available right now direct from the team at very high prices on the Ticketmaster website. That was also true last season, when various tickets not sold after the initial single game tickets sale date were placed on the site and sold at high prices. In some cases during the 2018 season, the direct sale tickets (i.e. the available seats shown in blue on Ticketmaster) did come down in price roughly 5-6 days before the game, but in other cases, such as the Carolina game (which I almost attended until WTTG Channel 5 in Washington, DC received a waiver from Fox and the NFL to televise two games, including the CAR/PHI game, on a Sunday in which Fox did not have the doubleheader*), the prices never came down in the days immediately before the game. *The reason why WTTG Channel 5 (DC Fox station) wanted to and ultimately received permission to televise two games was because a DAL/WAS game the same day at 4:25 PM was cross-flexed before the season started to CBS and there was a NO/BAL game on Fox at 4:05 PM. The Ravens try to force the NFL to break its own TV broadcast rules and require DC stations to televise their games because they have a laughably small fanbase and few fans outside the immediate Baltimore area part of their marketing territory is in the DC TV market, so WTTG needed to televise the NO/BAL game. However, televising that game against the DAL/WAS game would have been ratings suicide, especially with that game being the only game WTTG could televise on a singleheader Sunday, so the TV station pushed to be allowed to televise a 1 PM game instead, with the CAR/PHI game being the most attractive 1 PM Fox game ratings-wise in the DC market. As a compromise, the station was allowed to televise a 1 PM game (Panthers/Eagles) in addition to televising the 4:05 PM Saints/Ravens game opposite the 4:25 PM Cowboys/Redskins game on CBS (WUSA Channel 9).
  13. For what it's worth, I contacted the Eagles ticket office a few hours after the 2019 schedule was released asking about the single game tickets on sale date. The response I received on April 18th was as follows: "We will have a single game sale in the future through ticketmaster. I would subscribe to our social media platforms, as well as the Eagles website in order to stay up to date as to when the sale will be."
  14. I have to defend the brides-to-be here. When you don't pay attention to a sport or other cultural, business, or social activity, and that entity/organization (for lack of a better description) holds a large-scale event, especially a large-scale event that isn't a recurring event or an event that has an irregular schedule, it is VERY easy to not be aware of the event until it is too late. There are many examples I can use here; a couple of them include the following: *I work literally within walking distance of a MLB stadium. Whenever there are weekday afternoon games at that facility, it creates driving, parking, and transit impacts for everyone who works at my facility (which in total includes at least a couple thousand people). Many of those workers do not pay attention to baseball, and aren't going to be thinking about when a MLB team has home games...until those weekday afternoon games end at the same time as they are going home, or when meetings with external stakeholders are held on the same day as one of those weekday afternoon games. With that being the case, for the last number of years shortly before the season begins I have sent out e-mails to various people in my agency and some people in other agencies in the same complex telling them when those weekday afternoon games are occurring and the likely impacts on driving, parking, and transit use the events will have. I've told many people I send those e-mails more for the benefit of people who DON'T pay attention to baseball than those who do (who may pay attention to the schedule and know when games are happening in advance). *If you are a truck driver/carrier, or someone who needs to make through trips through various cities, you'll want to know when games attracting thousands of people are taking place. Just looking at I-95 in the Northeast Megalopolis, which is located very close to some major sports venues, you'll want to know when games, concerts, and other large attendance events are taking place at the south Philadelphia sports complex, or at MetLife Stadium in north Jersey, or at M&T Bank Stadium or OPACY in Baltimore, or FedEx Field in suburban DC, or to a lesser degree Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. If you aren't aware when those events are taking place, you could find yourself stuck in event-related traffic, and if your own trip is time-sensitive (as is the case for many truck drivers), it could mess up your entire schedule for the day and actually negatively impact your livelihood. Many sports venues are built in locations near limited-access roadways to facilitate access to the venue, and those roads are often heavily used by other people for purposes unrelated to the events at those venues. Regarding the issues that arose this past weekend, I actually blame the city of Nashville and the tourism agencies in the Nashville area for not doing a better job emphasizing the NFL Draft was occurring on their events calendar. They needed to work with people who organize other events in the city to let them know the draft was going to attract tens or hundreds of thousands of people to the city, based on draft events held in other cities in recent years. (I'm sure they did that to some degree, but probably not to the degree necessary.) The city could have done a better job coordinating with the bridal planners (and also the marathon organizers) to let them know a large-scale event was planned in Nashville and it might be good to adjust their calendars and/or reschedule their events to minimize the impact that large-scale event would have on their events.
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    Road trips 2019

    Now that the schedule has been released, I'd say my road game odds are as follows: Week 2: at Atlanta - no Week 4: at Green Bay - no Week 6: at Minnesota - likely (game won't be televised in DC, plus it will probably be a four day weekend for me) Week 7: at Dallas - unlikely but possible (if the Vikings game wasn't the week before, the odds would be higher; I still might try to do the Temple/Eagles two day doubleheader) Week 8: at Buffalo - very unlikely/slim chance Week 13: at Miami - unlikely (the fact this game falls the weekend after Thanksgiving makes it unlikely I'd attend) Week 15: at Washington - almost definite (will be a "home" game for me) Week 17: at N.Y. Giants - possible (will depend on whether the game is at the same time as the Redskins/Cowboys game)