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WWE Live Events – Things to Consider
This could be adapted for any number of events but for now I will stick with going to a WWE Raw/Smackdown/Pay-Per-View event. It seems every time I go anywhere with my friends we always can’t do something someone had planned on. This can be disheartening and put a damper on the rest of the night so here are some simple steps help you out.
Step 1: Always find out what your party wants to do.
If they want to go and get food before the event at a certain restaurant make sure to give yourself enough time. Plan this out ahead of time and find out if it’s in the vicinity of the event.
Step 2: Always get there as early as possible.
I know this is a no-brainer but time is not always on your side. We always leave early and for some reason (Boston Traffic) we always end up arriving 1 hour early. This gives you enough time to shove food in your mouth and then get to your seats.
Step 3: How will you be getting to the event.
This has been a subject of much stress for me and my friends. I personally like driving into Boston. Some people wanted to take the train/Mass Transit to the event. You need to decide on this BEFORE the day of the event.
Step 4: Make sure you know what time the event is getting out so you can plan your return transportation.
I always drive, nothing against the train but I like being able to leave when I want. Last time at Smackdown my friend wanted to take the train. The last train leaves the city at 11PM which is when the event got out. We would have been stranded in Boston and had to take a Taxi to the train station.
Step 5: Make sure you get the day off from work.
This is so you can leave as early as possible. It will also make sure you are not rushing to get ready. I thought getting out of work at 12PM was going to be fine. It wasn’t. We decided to meet at 3PM and then drive. It wasn’t till 5PM that we arrived at TD Garden. Seating started at 6PM.
Step 6: If you have to pack stuff pack it the night before.
I am personally on the Atkins diet. That means Low-Carbs. If you’re not sure what a carbohydrate is think of all the really good food that’s not meat. No nachos, soft pretzels, cotton candy, candy, and soda to name a few. Or everything they sell at concession stands. I bring my Atkins bars so I can eat during the event without compromising my diet or missing any action.
When packing for these events I always bring a wristlet (Wicked small purse) that I can stick in the pouch of my sweatshirt since TD Garden does not allow bags of any kind. I bring my purse for the trip and then lock it in the trunk my car but all of my important stuff is already in my wristlet. That way you can just take it out of your purse without wasting time. Also if you tend to get cold sitting in air conditioning bring a hoodie. Not only will it keep you warm but the pockets allow you to hide your wristlet, camera, and snacks.
Step 7: Research the place of the event.
I CANNOT stress this enough. This is the single best thing you can do before the event. The things you should be looking for are as follows: What time will they start seating, is there parking at the event center, if so how much is it, where are the public transit sites closest to the event center, where are places to eat around, where the restaurants your friends want to have dinner, where your seats are in the arena, if you need to get in line for your seats, and if they allow cameras.
Step 8: You get what you pay for.
When it comes to which tickets to purchase money is a huge factor. If you spend $20 you’re going to be far away from the ring in the nosebleed section whereas if you spend $100 you can be on the floor 10 rows from the ring.
Personally if you are going to be on the floor you should try to get within the first 5 rows. Plus if you are anywhere around the ring you’re in “Premium Seating” and you don’t have to wait in line. If you can’t get in the first 5 or near the ramp you can always get the seats on the slant.
I think these are the best seats. They are better than the floor because you are on a slant which means when everyone stands to can see, and when they sit you can see. If you’re like me being 5’4 does not help when you’re 11 rows back and everyone in front of you is taller than you or they have their kids on their shoulders. Plus now a days it’s where “The Shield” makes their entrance.
Step 9: Merchandise
There will be stands with all sorts of merchandise for you to purchase. Finding the best time to get to them during the show is during the Divas match. It’s sad but true. Unless it’s an amazing match up this is when I go. Other people wait till the event is over. Sometimes the vendors will run special promotions. I got The Rock’s 3 disk DVD with all of the Attitude Era matches (when he was amazing) for $10.
Step 10: HAVE FUN!!!!
My friends and I always get together later in the week to watch the event and see if we can point out where we were. At the event you’re going to be with a huge amount of people from all walks of life. My first Raw there was a guy behind me shouting that HBK needed to retire and get out of the ring. Try to be respectful and take lots of pictures of you and your friends. Remember it’s only a few hours long so you might as well enjoy it. If you’re lucky the superstars will sign autographs or take pictures with you after the show. Sometimes there is a dark match which is an unscheduled match with the camera's off that’s just for you (the fans). Enjoy yourselves!