So, You’re Curious About Pit This FAQ was requested by some blog followers who wanted to know about the pit experience.
So far in the RED Tour I have been in the pit twice. I am by no means an expert but I do have a few suggestions, as well as some answers to questions people asked about pit.
1) How much does a pit ticket cost?
Through Taylor Connect each pit ticket costs $154 (and you must have been a member of Taylor Connect since Feb. 22). If you buy them from a scalper, I guarantee it will be more. A lot more.
2) How do you get pit tickets?
There are two ways to get pit. The right way and the not so smart way.
The right way: For the RED Tour, Taylor Connect gave an opportunity to its members to buy pit. They sent out a email at the beginning of March inquiring which show pit tickets were required for. If you were then selected, about two to four weeks before your requested show, you received an email containing a unique code that allowed you to purchase the tickets. Clicking the link in the email took you to your Taylor Connect page, where the code was entered. You were asked how many tickets you needed and how you’d pay for them. You had 24 hours from the time you got the email with your code to place your order.
The not so smart way: Buy pit tickets from scalpers, Stubhub or Craig’s List. Although I did this for the Speak Now Tour, I do not recommend it. You will be ripped off, either by paying something outrageous or the tickets will not be legit.
3) If you filled out a pit email, are you guaranteed to get pit tickets?
No, you are not. There are only 250 pit tickets for each show. Remember: you have only 24 hours to confirm and buy your tickets if you are picked. But, even with an email, it’s all on a first-come first-served basis. If you get a pit ticket email respond quickly, or they’ll be gone.
4) If I don’t get a email, does it mean I can’t get pit?
Not necessarily. Not every show sells every pit ticket it sends out. The first few shows they put the extras on Ticketmaster for anyone to buy. Taylor Connect then learned that scalpers were getting ahold of the Ticketmaster pit tickets and decided to send emails to people who didn’t belong to Taylor Connect but had requested to be on a certain city’s pre-sale mailing list. If you get one of these, the process of pit ticket buying is the same as above.
5) How many pit tickets can you buy?
Taylor Connect allows you to buy up to two pit tickets.
6) How do you get the actual pit tickets?
The tickets are not delivered to the venue’s box office until 4:30pm on the day of the concert. You will require the credit card used to purchase the tickets as well as your ID to collect them at the box office.
7) How do I line up for pit?
Lineup starts when the box office opens and you usually cannot lineup before that. The arena will have a special location for the pit line. You will be allowed there when it’s time to start waiting online. When the doors are opened your ticket will be scanned, just as with any other ticket. Then, after entering the arena, go down to the pit, show your ticket, and they’ll give you a pit wristband. You’re in!
8) What time should I get there for the best pit spot?
I’ve never gotten there before 3pm and I have always made it to the front, but you’ll have to judge it for yourself. Try to find out, via Twitter, if your pit has been sold out. That will help you judge what time to get there.
9) Where is the best place in pit to stand?
It is general admission so you have to be at the front of the line to get where you want. With this tour they’re picking a side for you so you have no choice. However, both sides are the same pretty much so it’s no huge deal. Obviously being against the barricade is ideal, that’s as close to the stage as you’ll get. Some arenas keep the barricade further from the stage than others, but from the barricade you can usually touch the stage.
Being short, I found that I preferred to be further towards the top of the stage, right where the main stage and runway meet. While State of Grace and Holy Ground are performed further down the stage, most of the other songs are performed from the top and the further down you are, the better you’ll see Taylor. But, with a short person like me, once she walks more than half-way up the runway, you’ll not be able to see her.
I think that answers all the questions I have been asked.
Most importantly, have fun! Being at a concert is probably the closest you’ll ever be to Taylor! Whether you’re against the barricade or way back, it’ll be fun no matter what! Enjoy every second of it!
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