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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    About 150 feet in front of the Duke Chapel doors.

    Tips for getting tickets

    First and foremost: DBR cannot police these transactions. Using DBR to sell tickets for above face value will result in a ban. If someone tries, please let us know.

    You're more likely to get a response here if you participate in this community more than just asking for tickets.

    Here's a tip from DBR reader and Iron Duke, MTD:

    Quote Originally Posted by MTD
    You should join the Iron Dukes. The minimum is only $100 and you can pledge it now and pay it off anytime before June 30, 2008. They have a Ticket Exchange program where season ticket holders turn in the tickets they aren't using and the Iron Dukes Office keeps a list of Iron Dukes who want tickets for each game. I'm an Iron Duke and I know there are tickets remaining for Barton College. I only give $250 a year, but I have been able to get tickets through the Iron Dukes Ticket Exchange program to almost half the games over the past 3 or 4 years. Their # is 919-613-7575.
    JBDuke

    Andre Dawkins: “People ask me if I can still shoot, and I ask them if they can still breathe. That’s kind of the same thing.”

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Washington, DC area

    Cameron Ticket Market

    There is a healthy, supply-and-demand driven market for tickets outside Cameron (and pretty much every other venue I've seen a game in), both fans with extras and scalpers. For an early season or not-quite-marquee game, there are usually lots of tickets available for face or below. Just wear your Duke stuff! And having a cute kid in tow always helps.

    The scalpers work Cameron right under the noses of the Duke police, and have been forever. Some high tech operations, too - buyers out on 751 or Science Dr with walkie-talkies to the sellers at Cameron with runners (and once a roller-blader) in between. I can only surmise the University turns a mostly blind eye to it, so long as the transactions themselves are reasonably discreet. Frankly, you can scalp yourself in for the entire season for less than it takes to get season tickets.

    -jk

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Dillon, Colorado
    Quote Originally Posted by -jk View Post
    Frankly, you can scalp yourself in for the entire season for less than it takes to get season tickets.

    -jk
    This is true for the ACC Tournament as well, considering the entire Tournament. It also works well early-round NCAA tournament venues where there isn't/aren't dominant local fanbase(s). Once we get close to tournament time I can reveal some more tips. There's a chance I'll go at least one day this year.
    Between me and every ideal I always find Scheisskopfs, Peckems, Korns and Cathcarts. And that sort of changes the ideal. -- Joseph Heller

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Washington, DC area

    DBR Auctions

    Of course, we shouldn't forget that DBR and Blue Healers routinely run ticket auctions, and the proceeds go to good causes!

    -jk

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    About 150 feet in front of the Duke Chapel doors.

    The McGrupp Method

    I haven't seen McGrupp around here in a good long time, but on the old board system, he documented something called "The McGrupp Method" for getting tickets to games.

    The strategy is to pile on as much Duke stuff as you can - shirt, hat, jacket, etc., stand near the west entrance to Cameron with a single finger in the air. Don't worry about getting there too early, but be prepared to hang out until a few minutes into the game.

    Your targets are the Iron Dukes that have been coming to games for years, so they know when to arrive, and that's usually right around game time. They're usually not looking to scalp and make money, but you can bet that some of them have an extra ticket, and they're looking for a Duke fan to give it to.

    McGrupp claimed that he usually got tickets for free by using this method, and he never had to pay over face value, IIRC. The method worked almost every time, too.

    If other old timers have more to add, please respond to this post, and I'll edit it.
    JBDuke

    Andre Dawkins: “People ask me if I can still shoot, and I ask them if they can still breathe. That’s kind of the same thing.”

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Tampa
    Quote Originally Posted by JBDuke View Post
    The strategy is to pile on as much Duke stuff as you can - shirt, hat, jacket, etc., stand near the west entrance to Cameron with a single finger in the air. Don't worry about getting there too early, but be prepared to hang out until a few minutes into the game.

    Your targets are the Iron Dukes that have been coming to games for years, so they know when to arrive, and that's usually right around game time. They're usually not looking to scalp and make money, but you can bet that some of them have an extra ticket, and they're looking for a Duke fan to give it to.
    When I have an extra ticket or two, I walk around looking for someone who is not a scalper. Most of the time, I walk the person in with me to make sure they are not a scalper and I have never charged anyone for a ticket. No Scalpers and No Opposing fans! Try this method before you go to the scalpers.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    About 150 feet in front of the Duke Chapel doors.
    Quote Originally Posted by jlear View Post
    When I have an extra ticket or two, I walk around looking for someone who is not a scalper. Most of the time, I walk the person in with me to make sure they are not a scalper and I have never charged anyone for a ticket. No Scalpers and No Opposing fans! Try this method before you go to the scalpers.
    You're a good man (or woman, as the case may be), jlear!
    JBDuke

    Andre Dawkins: “People ask me if I can still shoot, and I ask them if they can still breathe. That’s kind of the same thing.”

  8. #8
    I have never not been able to get a ticket at Cameron. Just stand outside and ask! I have had trouble finding ones together but I can live with that. As for the ACC after the first round there are plenty around if either NCSU or especially UNC lose. I went the the final game angainst Boston College 2 years ago and got 2 good seats for below face

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Dillon, Colorado
    Quote Originally Posted by cbfx3 View Post
    I went the the final game angainst Boston College 2 years ago and got 2 good seats for below face
    I attended the 2004, 05 and 06 ACC Tournaments. For the championship games, I paid a total of $10 for all three years combined, and sat in no worse than the first row of the upper deck.
    Between me and every ideal I always find Scheisskopfs, Peckems, Korns and Cathcarts. And that sort of changes the ideal. -- Joseph Heller

  10. #10
    I had an extra ticket for Michigan game. I got to Cameron about 40 mins before game time. I did NOT see one soul with finger in the air looking for a ticket. All I saw were scalpers. For example : one guy holding up two fingers or someone who offers 10-20$ for your ticket. Or he says 'OK let me go check". There were three people in a group that had just bought two from a scalper. When he left " to find one more", I sold my ticket to them. It was the same for Albany. My extra went unused because I could not find ANYONE except a scalper. Plenty of empty seats that night and it's a shame. FYI : All Iron Dukes don't arrive 'close to game time". My advice: If you are going to Cameron without a ticket(s), arrive about 20 - 30 mins before game time and HOLD UP THAT FINGER(s). Season ticket holders don't like to walk around for 20 mins with ticket in the air. If they have arrived with a ticket for themselves, they are ready to go inside fairly quickly. Also, the two seats next to ours have different people in them every game. And there is a Single seat near ours that is empty AMOST EVERY GAME. Duke just has not done a good job in getting tickets into the right hands.

  11. #11
    I had absolutely no trouble finding a ticket, and after a little negotiation, got the scalper down to $10 over ticket price. I had my finger up for a good 15 minutes 1 hour before game time, and finally gave in to scalping. Original asking price from the scalper was $120 for a $50 ticket. His "reasoning" was that it was a pair, and he could not sell it once it was a single, so he was basically trying to get me to buy two. When I told him that I wasn't THAT interested in going to a Duke game, he quickly started dropping. I probably could have got him down to face for it, as NO ONE else was trying to buy from him, but I made the fatal mistake of scalping, which was not keeping correct change for what I wanted to negotiate down to, and so I figured three twenties were worth it.

    I might also say, that I had a particularly wonderful time, and if I lived in Durham, I would absolutely become an Iron Duke. I am not sure if you guys know how great that game time experience truly is, but I had a wonderful time. I still have my Cameron Crazies shirt on today, and will definitely be back for another game, next time with a group of friends!

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    York, PA

    our experience

    My husband and I have made it to Cameron three times and gotten in every time using the McGrupp method. My husband stands up by Wade to get the Iron Dukes crowd and I stand down closer to Cameron to grab people coming from the other direction. We've always gone 90 minutes or even 2 hours before tip-off. We're very determined!

    The first time we got tickets in time to go in when the doors opened. I think this was part luck and part bad weather (ice storm). The second time we only missed a few minutes of the first half. The third time we thought we were out of luck because the game had started and people had stopped coming. However, someone from inside came out with a handful of tickets and we ended up sitting on the floor beside the band. We missed a lot of the first half but still had a great time. That was the game that J.J. went off against Virginia.

    Good times, good times!

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Eastern NC
    This is a trick my brother in law uses to keep scalpers from making money off of his tickets. He has four seats together and lots of time doesn't use all four. If he hasn't giving them away, he sell them outside CIS for face value. If he thinks the person buying them from him wants to scalpe them for profit, he does this...

    He tells them he will sell the tickets for the face value, but they have to give him double the face value and he will refund the difference when they set down beside him.

    I was with him one nite and one guy really wanted the two tickets, but he wouldn't agree to the terms, end up giving the tickets to a father and his young son.

  14. #14

    Tickets for away games

    I was in Miami last year and bought a ticket for the Duke-Miami game. I noticed that there were a block of Duke fans ( and players parents ) sitting behind the Duke bench. I would have rather been with that group than the Miami fans I was sitting with.

    Is it possible to buy tickets for the "Duke section" from Duke for away games?

    Thanks.

  15. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by DenverDevil View Post
    I was in Miami last year and bought a ticket for the Duke-Miami game. I noticed that there were a block of Duke fans ( and players parents ) sitting behind the Duke bench. I would have rather been with that group than the Miami fans I was sitting with.

    Is it possible to buy tickets for the "Duke section" from Duke for away games?

    Thanks.
    I believe that those sections are sold to Iron Duke members (minimum of $100 per year.)

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Washington, DC area
    Quote Originally Posted by DenverDevil View Post
    I was in Miami last year and bought a ticket for the Duke-Miami game. I noticed that there were a block of Duke fans ( and players parents ) sitting behind the Duke bench. I would have rather been with that group than the Miami fans I was sitting with.

    Is it possible to buy tickets for the "Duke section" from Duke for away games?

    Thanks.
    Those seats are the comp tickets each school gives to the visiting team. Coaches and players get dibs for their friends. Friends of the Athletic Department get most of the rest. I don't know if they still do, but the Iron Dukes used to package farther away games with travel and hotel.

    Occasionally you can get tickets to games on weeknights in obscure locations against mediocre teams. I've sat behind the Duke bench at a bunch of away games. I also saw us lose a bunch back when we sucked and no one else wanted to go suffer. The packaged trips I took weren't cheap, but were a lot of fun. Watching the Crazy Towel Guy come this close to getting arrested into protective custody at KU was priceless!

    -jk

  17. #17
    I am so glad I found this web site and forum. I just moved to North Raleigh from New Jersey three weeks ago and I have been a lifetime Duke basketball fan. I grew up playing basketball and idolizing Bobby Hurley, who lived nearby.

    I then went to Steinert High School and played with Dahntay Jones, who was a senior when I was a freshman.

    Anyway, last week I drove over to Cameron just to check it out and I got some awesome pictures on the floor of Cameron and upstairs in the Hall Of Fame. I had the chills walking out on that floor...

    I'm going to do whatever it takes to get into a couple games this upcoming season, I cannot wait!!! I called a couple ticket brokers bc that is the only way I thought you can get tickets. The people I spoke with said I'm looking at spending a minmum of $500 for an ACC game and $2,500 for Duke UNC at CIS...My heart almost stopped.

    After reading around here in the forum for a little bit, I realize that there are other options and I'm so pumped. I plan on hanging around the site and learning all I can about how these things work....I can't wait for next season!!

    Mike

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Louisville, Ky
    These are some great tips but it is a ten hour drive to Durham and I am just not adventurous enough to risk not getting into a game after driving all that way (although a night at the WaDuke in and of itself is almost worth the drive). What is the best way to get tickets far in advance of game day? I know the Iron Dukes have an exchange but isn't that someone last minute?
    If being a fan were logical, we'd all be Duke fans but some of us were born to a different blue.

  19. #19

    Visiting cameron indoor

    Quote Originally Posted by MLeeJr View Post
    I am so glad I found this web site and forum. I just moved to North Raleigh from New Jersey three weeks ago and I have been a lifetime Duke basketball fan. I grew up playing basketball and idolizing Bobby Hurley, who lived nearby.

    I then went to Steinert High School and played with Dahntay Jones, who was a senior when I was a freshman.

    Anyway, last week I drove over to Cameron just to check it out and I got some awesome pictures on the floor of Cameron and upstairs in the Hall Of Fame. I had the chills walking out on that floor...

    I'm going to do whatever it takes to get into a couple games this upcoming season, I cannot wait!!! I called a couple ticket brokers bc that is the only way I thought you can get tickets. The people I spoke with said I'm looking at spending a minmum of $500 for an ACC game and $2,500 for Duke UNC at CIS...My heart almost stopped.

    After reading around here in the forum for a little bit, I realize that there are other options and I'm so pumped. I plan on hanging around the site and learning all I can about how these things work....I can't wait for next season!!

    Mike
    Hi Mike,

    I am a huge Duke fan too and will be in Durham in November for my son's soccer tournament. I wanted to visit Cameron Indoor but wasn't sure if it was open to the public. I see you visited and took pics on the floor. Can visitors walk around Cameron??

    Tera

  20. #20

    Scalping Outside Cameron

    I'd read here and other places many times that it was possible to get tickets for face value outside Cameron regardless of what ridiculous prices they are going for on eBay, StubHub, etc. but I just wanted to pass along my experience.

    For the first time in my 29.5 years as a Duke fan (and a living person) I made the 2 hour drive to Duke with 2 friends without tickets in hand. It took a small leap of faith to drive up there without tickets, but I'm glad we did it.

    It was the Long Beach State game last week when there were probably more tickets to be had outside Cameron than for a typical game, but I was able to get 3 (2 together, 1 seperate) for face value 30 minutes before tipoff.

    I tried to distinguish myself from the scalpers as much as possible by wearing Duke stuff and being as polite as possible.

    Just wanted to pass that along for anybody considering trying something similar.

    Good luck!

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