What a difference a month can make. The NBA landscape has changed dramatically since the moment the Toronto Raptors won the their first NBA Championship in franchise history.
What would normally be headline news for weeks – the Raptors and Kawhi Leonard dethroning the dynasty of the Golden State Warriors in six games – was forgotten almost instantaneously.
Where will Kawhi Leonard go? Where will Kevin Durant go? Instead of celebrating the team that won the NBA Finals, every fan, journalist and player wanted to know where the stars that led their respective teams to the Finals would go.
There were major shake ups across the league as well. Fans of the Celtics, Knicks, Lakers, Pelicans and even the Rockets saw their team go through some dramatic changes in the off season. Here are the top three teams in the NBA that saw that drastic changes in ticket sales 12 hours after the NBA Schedule Release.
Los Angeles Clippers
Wow..to say that fans of the Los Angeles Clippers are excited to see their team play is a wild understatement. The Clippers are the popular pick to win the NBA title this upcoming season, and for good reason. Back in early July, the NBA landscape changed when Kawhi Leonard left the Toronto Raptors to return home to LA to play for the Clippers. Not only did the Clippers land Kawhi Leonard, but he was able to recruit Paul George, another LA native to choose the Clippers as well.
The two hometown kids have sparked an interest for Clippers fans that the league has never seen before. With nationally televised games on Opening Night and Christmas Day (both against the LA Lakers), the NBA knows this could be the year for the Clippers and they need to be in the spotlight as much as possible.
When comparing 2018 vs. 2019 ticket sales for the LA Clippers just 12 hours after the schedule release, the numbers are staggering. TicketNetwork saw an increase of over $30,000 from last years’ sales to this year. The 1376% spells excitement for Clippers fans wanting to get to the Staples Center to cheer on their team. 95 more tickets were sold in the 12 hour window in 2019, an 864% jump. The good news for fans is that although the demand went through the roof, the average retail ticket price didn’t rise all that much. The retail price jumped from $180 to $236, a 31% increase. All things considered, Clippers tickets are selling fast but are still very affordable this season.
The only team that matched the moves that the LA Clippers were able to pull off this past off season was the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets had a successful season last year, as they made the playoffs for the first time since 2015. They had to surrender their best player from last season, D’Angelo Russell, but fans have heard of the two players the Nets signed to replace him.
Barclays Center, get ready for your new look Brooklyn Nets. The Nets acquired both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in free agency this off season, a move that shook the NBA landscape. For the first time in his career, Kevin Durant will play in the Eastern Conference. Durant went down with an Achilles injury in the NBA Finals, and will spend most of this first season doing rehab. However, based on Brooklyn Nets ticket sales, fans are still just as excited.
With over 100 tickets sold in the first twelve hours after the schedule release on TicketNetwork, its clear that fans want to see the Nets take the court. TicketNetwork also saw a 433% jump in number of orders and a whopping 811% increase in money spent on Nets tickets on TN. Some of the games getting the most action for the Nets this season is the battle for New York City against the Knicks on October 25th at the Barclays Center as well as Kyrie Irving’s return to TD Garden to play the Celtics on November 27th.
Although they were a late arrival to the off season party, the Houston Rockets might have gotten the last laugh. The buzz was surrounding teams such as the aforementioned Clippers and Nets, but the Rockets shook up their roster in a major way. After a few promising seasons fell just short of an NBA title with MVP James Harden and All-Star Chris Paul, a tension was brewing in the locker room. The Rockets traded CP3 for another MVP from the OKC Thunder, Russell Westbrook.
Westbrook and Harden were teammates years ago with the Thunder, and the fact that they are reunited years later with an MVP Award in their collections is a scary thought for the rest of the NBA.
The Rockets’ schedule starts off with two early season match ups that are must-see in October. A battle that will consist of the last three regular season MVPs will take place at the Toyota Center in Houston on October 24th. Giannis Antetokounmpo will take on Harden and Westbrook and it should consist of highlight after highlight. Four days later on October 28th, CP3 will make his return to Houston to square off against the Rockets as a member of the Thunder.
In terms of NBA Schedule Release ticket data, TicketNetwork saw a 700% jump in number of tickets purchased on the site. The grand total value (GTV) of the tickets purchased on TN was a 1584% increase. Last year, twelve hours after the schedule release the GTV of Rockets tickets didn’t even reach $500. This year the ticket sales were over $5,000! Get your Houston Rockets tickets today because this team is prepared for liftoff with Harden and Westbrook in the back court.
Although these teams grabbed headlines for the NBA Schedule Release, that doesn’t mean the rest of the fan bases around the league can’t be excited. TicketNetwork has tickets for every NBA game this season! Find your NBA tickets today to see your favorite team play live.
Legendary rock group Queen, along with Adam Lambert, are back on the road this summer and ready to rock once again. With 23 tour dates in North America, and stops in Korea, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia in 2020, this is surely an experience you won’t want to miss.
Queen quickly became one of the most innovative and revolutionary rock bands of the 70s and 80s. They put out their first debut album in 1973, and continued to release albums all throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s. From the iconic 1975 “Bohemian Rhapsody”, to the 1977 hit songs “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions,” Queen continued to put out hit after hit, with a sound that was like no other. Other fan favorites include “Killer Queen,” “Another One Bites The Dust,” “The Show Must Go On” and “Don’t Stop Me Now” which can all be found on the 2000 album The Platinum Collection (Greatest Hits l, ll & lll).
This is not the first time Adam Lambert has joined the band on stage. Lambert first sang with the rock sensation back in 2009 during the season 8 finale of American Idol. Lambert has continued to perform with the group since 2012, accompanying them on tours all around the globe.
The 2018 hit film Bohemian Rhapsody brought Freddie Mercury’s story of following his dreams to life. The film gained huge success, taking home 4 Oscars in the process. The movie was positively received from Queen’s lead guitarist himself, Brian May, and attracts both old and new generation Queen fans to the screen. The 2019 Rhapsody Tour compliments the film and acts as a tribute to Mercury, all while celebrating the Queen legacy that began over 4 decades ago.
While nobody can replace the late Freddie Mercury, known as one of the greatest entertainers of all time, Queen chose Adam Lambert as their lead vocalist for a variety of reasons. Lambert’s range is comparable to Mercury’s, and he effortlessly hits the mark on those difficult songs to sing on key. Lambert doesn’t claim to be a replacement for Freddie Mercury, but he keeps Queen’s songs alive with his radiant energy and seriously high range. He’s a Mercury fan like anyone else, a natural performer in his own way, embracing his individuality like Mercury embraced his.
Don’t hesitate to snag your Queen tickets to the North American tour, available at TicketNetwork.com.
When the 2019 Tony nominations were announced on April 30, the Hadestown team was overwhelmed with joy. The Broadway musical received 14 nominations in just about every category including the nomination for Best Musical.
The show, a musical about the Greek underworld, ended up taking home that highly-coveted award, as well as sweeping seven other prizes that night. However, the journey from Hadestown’s conceptualization to its Broadway premiere in the spring of 2019 was anything but clear-cut.
Anaïs Mitchell, the author and composer of Hadestown, published her concept in 2010 with ulterior motives to bring it onto stage. Six years later, the musical premiered as an Off-Broadway show at the New York Theater Workshop. From there, Hadestown packed up and trekked from Edmonton, Canada to London, ultimately landing back in New York where it finally celebrated its Broadway premiere on April 17 at the Walter Kerr Theater.
The hype about the musical is enormous, but what is Hadestown really all about? Hadestown tells the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in a post-apocalyptic setting. Orpheus falls in love with Eurydice, but their blissful life together does not last long. Eurydice gets bitten by a snake and dies. To try and save her, Orpheus makes his way to the underworld, which is ruled by Hades, to beg Hades and his wife to bring Eurydice back.
Audiences will find the story’s content to be intense, and similarly the show’s music follows suit – Hadestown’s songs will stick with you. The showstopping first number “Road to Hell” sets the bar very high for the rest of the performance. Another viewer favorite is the toe-tapping, finger-snapping “Way Down Hadestown,” which instantly prompts spectators to get on their feet. The musical is almost completely sung through, and its music enraptures the audience. Fast rhythms alternate with melancholic sounds. Each tune is a memorable, catchy earworm, sticking with viewers for weeks to come.
In the second half of the musical, after almost two hours, the musical is heading for its peak, filling the theater with a special atmosphere permeated both by Orpheus’ hopes and dreams, as well as the lingering dread over the potential outcome of the story.
Filled with emotive highs and lows, Hadestown packs a vigorous punch, treating audiences to a high dose of theatrical drama. After the show’s final twenty minutes, audiences can’t help but strive to rewind the spectacle so as to experience its emotional roller coaster all over again.
See Hadestown Live
Hadestown is hands-down the best musical to grace the Great White Way in a long time! The show succeeds in retelling an ancient myth for our modern times, as well as and raising political and social issues without losing sight of the individual fate of its main characters, with whom the audience certainly forges an incredible closeness. The characters portray human strengths and weaknesses, making them both authentic and extremely relatable. No character is boring, and no song is needless. Hadestown is quite simply one of the most well-loved musicals of the modern era. The audience feels entertained, surprised, moved, and never loses touch with a show which is guaranteed to make them laugh and inevitably cry – just don’t forget to bring a tissue! Hadestown is a prime example of musical theater in its absolute perfection.
After the curtain falls, you might not be able to put your thoughts in to words, and for weeks you might even find yourself humming along to the tunes of the musical. But don’t take our word for it – come experience the complexity of Hadestown in person yourself! The most popular show on Broadway was extended for another 200+ shows at the Walter Kerr Theatre! Find your Hadestown tickets on TicketNetwork.com or browse our complete selection of theater tickets to find a show near you!
They’re big, they’re back, and they’re planning to rock the stage like they never have before. The legendary rock-and-roll band The Rolling Stones are finally returning to the big stage this summer, selling out massive venues everywhere in what could very well be their final live tour ever. After a partnership with Alliance for Lifetime Income, the Stones plan to debut their ‘No Filter’ tour to thousands of loyal fans from around the fifty states.
Announced tour stops include locations all over the country in some of the largest stadiums ever built. So far, the band plans to visit:
- Soldier Field in Chicago, IL on June 21 and June 25
- Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Ontario, Canada on June 29
- FedEx Field in Washington, DC on July 3
- Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA on July 7
- Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA on July 14
- TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL on July 19
- Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA on July 23
- NRG Stadium in Houston, TX on July 27
- MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on August 1 and August 5
- Broncos Stadium at Mile High Denver, CO August 10
- CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA on August 14
- Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, CA on August 18
- The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA on August 22
- State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ on August 26
- Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL on August 31
After several month’s postponement for lead singer Mick Jagger’s medical treatment, the No Filter tour is scheduled to last the whole summer long in a show that certainly won’t disappoint.
Opening acts have been announced for each venue, giving audience-goers a real musical treat. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, KALEO, and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk are only a fraction of the diverse and talented musicians leading up to the reveal of The Rolling Stones’ biggest act yet.
No one can forget the iconic songs of these musical giants that still ring in the ears of rock-and-roll lovers everywhere. The Stone’s latest album release, HONK features some of their best collected works, from the 1971 hit “Brown Sugar” to the 2016 “I Hate to See You Go”. Fan favorites from albums like Sticky Fingers, Blue and Lonesome, Tattoo You, Exile on Main St., and Voodoo Lounge have defined the very soul of The Rolling Stones’ iconic music.
Part of the reason The Rolling Stones are so successful this late in their career is because of their unwavering commitment to their music and fans. Generations of rock-and-roll lovers have seen the passion, fortitude, and love that the Stones have for their work. Even through Mick Jagger’s own medical struggles over the many months leading up to the tour, he has consistently refused to step down from the No Filter tour. In his own immortalized words: “Wild horses couldn’t drag me away / Wild, wild horses we’ll ride them someday / Wild horses couldn’t drag me away / Wild, wild horses we’ll ride them some day.”
With tickets going on sale now at TicketNetwork, seating options will grow exponentially shorter over the coming days. If you want to be present for the biggest musical event of the summer, secure your spot today at The Rolling Stones’ No Filter tour.