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Kiera6 April 2011 at 10:46pmPosts: 14 (0 today)Status: offline
For anyone who is familiar with the United Center (I've never been there).
What are the best seats on the main floor? Right now I have section 3 - row 8 - seat 3, but I've gotten offered row 5 - seat 11. I don't even know which side they count off from.
velvetyears6 April 2011 at 11:28pmPosts: 14 (0 today)Status: offline
Sorry Kiera, I have never been there either and have a similar question. I currently have two tickets, row 16 section 2 on the main floor. Is that row to far back on the main floor to see ok? Would it be better to try to get tickets on the side. Any advice from knowledgable United Center folks would be greatly appreciated.
Here's a map for reference as I analyze the tickets a little bit: http://www.mtctickets.com/venues/images/united_center_2.gif
I have seen two concerts at the United Center - Aerosmith and "The Wall". Aerosmith I saw up in the nosebleeds, which, for anyone else who may check this later on down the line, is thoroughly unworthy of your hard-earned cash. The UC can be an incredible venue, but the prices are high; worth it for good seats, way overpriced for a mediocre experience way up top. Remember that the place is built for basketball and hockey games - sound doesn't carry as well as you'd like getting higher up.
For Roger Waters, however, I was Section 3, Row 11, Seat 3 (have my ticket stub on hand to check, haha - best show of my life so far, we'll see if PG tops it when I see him at Summerfest!). Here's a couple of pictures from that position for a relative idea.
As for your seats specifically.
Kiera = Keep what you have, I'd say. They count off from the left, and your Section Three will already be to the right, so you want a higher number in Section 1 and a lower number in Section 3. Use my Waters pictures as a reference - you will be in my exact seat, three rows closer! Trust me when I say that I think this will be a nearly perfect seat for this show. I felt very close to the man himself during "The Wall", but was still far enough back to observe the spectacle involved in the show. I would say that this will be a similar experience - you're close, but far enough back to see the projections, the backdrops, the orchestra, etc. GREAT seat. Your other seats get you a few rows closer, but further from center.
Velvetyears = Row 16, Section 2 will be incredible as well. That's the front and center section, 16 or so rows back from the very front (don't quote me on that, there may be a few rows in front of #1, but nevertheless, you can use my Waters pics as a reference of Row 11). You'll be slightly further back then my Waters pics, but you'll also be complete centered, which is always nice. I would not worry about feeling too far away.
Neither of you have "See the whites in Peter's eyes and the sweat on his forehead" seats. However, you both have what I would probably consider PRIME seats for this kind of concert - too close, and the sounds of an orchestra tend to wash over your head, and you might not be able to see the orchestra too well. Enjoy - you guys are set.
Wish I could join ya at the UC, but I got a sweet deal for a great seat at Summerfest. It's a bit further back than what you guys have at the UC, but dead center and about 30 rows back. The good ticket, the great price ($70!!), and the opportunity to enjoy SummerFest got me on board, but the United Center's an incredible venue when you've got the right seats.
P.S. Side note to Velvetyears, though - as for your question of whether it would be better to try to move up on the side, your call. I think you're okay. However, if you wanna try to scoot up for a closer seat if that's your cup of tea, make sure you get a high number ticket in Section 1 or a low number ticket in Section 3.
P.P.S. You guys are both on the floor - again, remember this is a basketball/hockey arena. It's not elevated (or barely elevated if they do a little something with the floor). Elevation starts beyond that oval in the center of the ticket map, if I recall correctly.
Kiera7 April 2011 at 3:16amPosts: 14 (0 today)Status: offline
Oh my gosh, I can't thank you enough! I'm so relieved by the pictures you posted- looks like an awesome seat. Have a great time at Summerfest!!
Red_Rain17 April 2011 at 4:46amPosts: 30 (0 today)Status: offline
Just ordered my tickets on-line to this show, can't wait! How long has it been since Peter had a show here?