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Old 01-01-2011, 06:38 PM
 
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We want to take my younger brother-in-law to a Checkers game next week when he's in town, and I'm not sure of the best way to get tickets. The night we want to go is a Harris Teeter VIC night, but I think you can only get that special at the ticket office and not through Ticketmaster.

Are games crowded enough that I should go to the box office to purchase tickets in advance? Is it worth it to use the VIC special, or should I just buy online?

Thanks for any insight!
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Old 01-01-2011, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Some got six month some got one solid. But me and my buddies all got lifetime here
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We want to take my younger brother-in-law to a Checkers game next week when he's in town, and I'm not sure of the best way to get tickets. The night we want to go is a Harris Teeter VIC night, but I think you can only get that special at the ticket office and not through Ticketmaster.

Are games crowded enough that I should go to the box office to purchase tickets in advance? Is it worth it to use the VIC special, or should I just buy online?

Thanks for any insight!

If I remember right, Harris Teeter VIC night is just where you hold up your VIC when they tell you to and you have a chance at winning something. It's just a promotional night, not a special ticket.

I wouldn't bother ordering them online. Go to the box office the night of the game and you'll save on a little bit of the TM fees (not all of them, but you will save a little something). Also, I wouldn't sit too close to the ice. The plexiglass WILL skewer your view of the ice, not to mention players will block your view if you sit within the first few rows. Get your tickets at least halfway up the lower level. You'll get a better overal view and you can follow the play a lot easier.
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Old 01-01-2011, 07:55 PM
 
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If I remember right, Harris Teeter VIC night is just where you hold up your VIC when they tell you to and you have a chance at winning something. It's just a promotional night, not a special ticket.

I wouldn't bother ordering them online. Go to the box office the night of the game and you'll save on a little bit of the TM fees (not all of them, but you will save a little something). Also, I wouldn't sit too close to the ice. The plexiglass WILL skewer your view of the ice, not to mention players will block your view if you sit within the first few rows. Get your tickets at least halfway up the lower level. You'll get a better overal view and you can follow the play a lot easier.
Fantastic! Thank you!
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Some got six month some got one solid. But me and my buddies all got lifetime here
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Not a problem. The Checkers were always a fun night out, but ever since they made the jump to the AHL, the competition is close to the NHL level.

And man, the ticket prices this year sure do reflect that.
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Old 01-01-2011, 09:12 PM
 
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Ive been to one game this year. I sat about half way up in the 100 level, and i also had a glare when i was looking at the opposite end. The game wasnt sold out, maybe 40% full. I doubt any game will be sold out. Most of the upper level is all blacked out. You can get scalped tickets, but, there arent a ton of scalpers for these games. I had a good time and since they got 6 goals, we got a coupon for free wings at buffalo wild wings. I would sit towards the top of the 100's for the best view.
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:16 AM
 
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Not a problem. The Checkers were always a fun night out, but ever since they made the jump to the AHL, the competition is close to the NHL level.

And man, the ticket prices this year sure do reflect that.
The ticket prices are nowhere near NHL prices. Our season tix cost less than two Capitals games back home.

The Checkers had a huge crowd last night, with part of the upper level opened up - but you should be able to get tix in any section at the arena on game day - especially on a weeknight when the crowds tend to be thinner.
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Ayrsley
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Also, I wouldn't sit too close to the ice. The plexiglass WILL skewer your view of the ice, not to mention players will block your view if you sit within the first few rows. Get your tickets at least halfway up the lower level. You'll get a better overal view and you can follow the play a lot easier.
True - but it is fun sometimes to sit right in the first row so you can bang on the glass!
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:28 AM
 
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The ticket prices are nowhere near NHL prices.
And the level of play? Do you agree that it's close to NHL?

Charlotte is a lot closer to us than Raleigh.
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Old 01-02-2011, 11:55 AM
 
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And the level of play? Do you agree that it's close to NHL?

Charlotte is a lot closer to us than Raleigh.
Agreed on the level of play. They don't fall down as much as the ECHL Checkers did

We still haven't made it to Raleigh for a game...need to get out there at some point to see the Caps kick some Hurricane butt!
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Old 01-02-2011, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill
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True - but it is fun sometimes to sit right in the first row so you can bang on the glass!
Hopefully not as annoying as the one guy in the front row when I went, He banged on the glass every time someone came near....so freekin annoying.

I HATE the drive to Raleigh and love the fact we have a decent AHL team 20 min away from my house. Coming from a state who had 2 AHL teams, I was a bit spoiled
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