Whether you love him or hate him, we all know that once Friday morning rolls around, Bieber fever is going to hit Connecticut, and it’s going to hit hard.
With tickets selling out in mere minutes in other markets, the XL Center anticipates this being among their most highly demanded events ever.
The thing is, knowing Justin Bieber’s core audience, there’s a likelihood that many of those fans have never bought tickets to an in-demand concert. It takes some preparation, plus LOTS of luck, then some resourcefulness if you miss out on the first on-sale date.
Here’s a few options to help you feed the fever, in order of your descent into desperation and madness. Let’s be honest, once you get past step 3 you’re basically out of luck. But read on if you can have a sense of humor about this.
Step 1: The Big Buy
Friday, December 14, at ticketmaster.com. This is the first, and best, option for obtaining tickets.
You kids have it easy. Back before hi-speed internet, you needed to call an 800 number, hope there wasn’t a busy signal, and tell a real person your credit card number. Meanwhile everyone else was doing the same thing, and you lost out on the best seats while some guy down the street bought up 50 in the front row.
Coordinate with a few friends or family members. Unless you’re sneaking this in an office with a beefy commercial internet hookup, try not to use the same network. Bear in mind there’s a 6 ticket per household maximum on these. That’s per address, which means mom, dad, and you can’t all get 6 each. It’s 6 for the all of yous.
Use a Ticketmaster account (if you don’t have one, make one), and enter your account in advance. Go to the event site at least 5 minutes early. Here’s a link to it.
And speaking of which… Some details on the VIP packages have been released. Click here for the info.
Keep an eye on an accurate clock, watching the seconds tick down. Feel that adrenaline rush? You’re only seconds away from seeing that cute little Canadian sing “Baby, baby, baby” along with a few thousand screeching fans.
At 9:59:59, click the refresh button on your browser. It’s go time. Leave seat location as ‘best available,’ use the drop down to select the number of tickets you want, and hit ‘search.’
Once you have found tickets, you’re good! There will be a couple minutes to enter your credit card information while they’re held for you.
Step 2: The Online Hunt
You missed out. Maybe you slept in, the computer broke, or you were at school when tickets went on sale. It’s the worst day of your life. What’s next?
Ticket resalers. It’s a harsh reality, but people are able to scoop up tons of tickets and resell them for waaayyyy above ticket price. It comes down to one subjective question: Just how much are you willing to pay?
If you need to, search craigslist often, and do so for more than the Hartford area. There could be someone from New Haven, Fairfield, or even Providence with a ticket. Just make sure to follow the site’s advice on avoiding scams, as they’ll run rampant for the desperate. Don’t get duped, and stay safe.
Resellers like Stubhub and Ticketnetwork are more secure options since they’re not exactly black market, though like craigslist, prices can be through the roof.
Step 3: The Big Giveaway
What’s that? Mom won’t give you $800 cash to meet up with a stranger to buy one Bieber ticket?
You would simply DIE without a ticket, right? How could mom do that to you?
Look on the bright side. It’s inevitable that local radio stations will have ticket giveaways. In fact, some are already talking about it! It’s too early to know how many pairs will wind up being available, but it’ll happen.
Good luck with being the 15th caller, or whatever.
Step 4: The Last Great Hope
All your friends are inside. You watched them walk into the XL Center with their tour shirts and flashing ticket printouts. But you’re out in the cold.
There’s seedy guys all around asking if you have tickets. They may just be your last great hope.
It’s like craigslist, but in real life! Again, make sure you’re getting a real ticket and not a fake printout. There’s the off chance someone will give you a ticket for face value. Thank this person, and thank your lucky stars.
Step 5: Desperate Times…
This couldn’t be the end!
We’d never condone trying to sneak into a concert, but if you’re going to try… I mean, there must be packages getting delivered out back. Just make sure to cut air holes in the giant box marked “#1Fan!1!! I Luv U” before jumping inside and having a friend seal it shut. Godspeed!
Luckily the security guard was a nice guy and didn’t have you arrested. Next time try not to move around so much inside that box.
Beg your new best friend to at least let you hang out in the XL Center lobby. No, seriously, you promise not to bother anyone, so long as you can sit in a corner and listen to the Biebs sing sweet nothings. Take solace that at least photos will be posted later on courant.com.