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 Post Posted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:55 pm 
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My wife and i will be in Canada, Toronto to be more specific, for a holiday from May 28th until June 9th and I've noticed that the NY Yankees will be playing the Toronto Blue Jays from June 1st through to June 4th, in Toronto.

Whilst neither of us can claim to be huge baseball fans i do enjoy watching it on the TV when it's shown over here (very rare without a massively overpriced premium TV subscription), add that the Yankees are a huge global brand that surely most of the world have at least heard of... I'm sorely tempted by the prospect of soaking up the atmosphere and experiencing what it has to offer.

(Fwiw, i haven't run this by my wife yet but as it's her birthday on the 2nd and we're doing the full Niagara Falls (helicopter & boat) experience i doubt she'll object to giving me this, plus i just know she'll love it when she's there even if it does involve "eye-rolls" in the meantime! LOL)

Now that said, never having a attended a MLB game before I'm somewhat bewildered by the choice of ticketing options available and hope that someone here can help point me in the right direction as to where in the stadium the best seats might be (assuming they'll still be available).

Money isn't really an option if the value is good, looking at the Blue Jays website it appears that circa $100CAD each ought to get us pretty good seats somewhere but as I'm clueless about where the best seats 'really' are I'm hesitant to go ahead and buy them... that also assumes that i can buy them from overseas, paying in Canadian dollars isn't an issue as i already have CAD's loaded onto a pre-paid travel credit card (MasterCard), but getting the tickets might be?
c.f. http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/ticketi ... t=gameflow

One last question, and possibly the most important, what happens if the game is rained off?

Oh, one final last question.... we're also taking a short hop for an overnight stay in Times Square, New York City on June 6th for no other reason than we can, we haven't really decided what we want to do there other than we both feel that as NYC is so close to Toronto it'd be a shame not to at least stand in downtown NY and "feel" what all the fuss is about... personally i want to drag my wife into Trump Tower but the look on her face said that that's never happening!! (apologies to Trump fans) ;)

One thing we would like to experience, if possible, is an authentic NY diner... preferably not one of the 'tourist diners' that is all herbs bling and over-priced but rather one that actual New Yorkers use, any thoughts/recommendations?


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 Post Posted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:42 pm 
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IMO You want seats down low and close to home plate so you can the see the entire field
The Yankees draw well on the road so get the tickets as soon as possible. Don't worry about rain. The roof would be closed.

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 Post Posted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:04 pm 
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chasbox wrote:
IMO You want seats down low and close to home plate so you can the see the entire field
The Yankees draw well on the road so get the tickets as soon as possible. Don't worry about rain. The roof would be closed.

Thanks for that... I've actually spent the last 30 minutes trying to buy tickets but i can't work out if it's my location that's stopping me or the traffic on the website, i keep getting told there is a problem with the map etc and to try later or another browser.

I've tried IE11 and Firefox with similar results so i'll give up for tonight and try again in the morning when most of North America should be asleep :)

I did notice that seats on the official MLB Blue Jays website were becoming very limited, when i got that far, but i also found 'other' websites apparently selling what appeared to be 'sold' tickets... StubHub being one example... never heard of them before but it was an interesting browse :)

I'm reluctant to use the later although it possibly is legitimate, the UK and EU have fairly strict laws about re-selling tickets online that makes me incredibly hesitant to do anything other than browse the website... for the most part when it comes to concerts or sporting events, in the UK, if you don't go to the official website you don't get what you paid for so it's best to avoid them.


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Stub Hub and Ticketmaster are legit in the US Don't know about sites in Canada.
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Looks like Chas has answered most and I totally agree that Stub Hub and/or Ticketmaster are fine in the US. I don't actually know if either actually operate outside of the US so I'd make sure to directly contact either or both outfits to be sure.

As to finding a diner in NYC I can't answer as I've never been there and have no desire to visit. I'm 'small town' and NYC is just too big for me. Still... If you want to find a good diner hail a taxi and ask where the driver eats. If you want an honest answer DO let the driver take you somewhere. Taxi drivers pretty much know anything and everything that is going on in a city.

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Thanks for your help guys, I've bought 2 aisle tickets 4 rows behind the home dugout for the Thursday night game on June 1st :)

I couldn't get the Ticketmaster website to work but the Stub Hub website worked without issue... i'll just need to find somewhere in Toronto to print the tickets because they apparently won't be available for printing until May 31st, but in this day and age that shouldn't be an issue, i hope! lol

As for what my wife thought of this idea, her face lit up when i suggested it :)

@Jay, for an honest answer I'd even buy the taxi driver his/her lunch/dinner lol


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Great seats. Enjoy

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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:38 pm 
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<rant mode on>
Stub Hub emailed me out of the blue today to say my tickets were available to be printed out, excellent i thought, but to say i wasn't massively impressed with what i found when i logged into my account to print them out would be an understatement... they were for cheaper seats in a completely different part of the stadium!

Their apparent saving grace (so far) was their online chat option that at least allowed me to contact them without protracted emails or expensive transatlantic phone calls... suffice to say, i was emailed amended tickets for the correct seats but it's not filled me with confidence that when we get to the stadium the tickets will pass validation... i mean, clearly i got someone else's tickets and someone else has mine, even allowing for the fact they've cancelled the barcode on my "original" tickets what's to say they don't make the same mistake again?

I will NOT be happy if we get turned away from the stadium but at least i decided to take the exchange rate hit (paying in USD rather then CAD for a game in Canada hurt especially when i already have CAD's preloaded onto a prepaid exchange rate free travel credit card, but hey-ho) and used my every day credit card to pay for the tickets so getting the money back will be a lot faster than Stub Hub's 'fan guarantee', or whatever they call it, if it does go pear shaped...

Call it naivety if you want, but i expected better from North America.
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I've never used Stub Hub but do know that they are considered to be a good outfit. While I can't know it would be my guess that it was an honest mistake. I hope all works out at the stadium and believe that it will.

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jaylach wrote:
I've never used Stub Hub but do know that they are considered to be a good outfit. While I can't know it would be my guess that it was an honest mistake. I hope all works out at the stadium and believe that it will.

I don't for a second doubt it was an honest mistake and if you and Chas vouch for the company then that's good enough for me.

I'm just surprised that a mistake like than can happen in this day and age... I'd have thought their method for selling, billing, and assigning the tickets would've been fully automated but for a mistake like that to happen there must have surely been some human input.

My only concern really is what'll happen when we get to the stadium, if 'my tickets' have been sent to someone else and they use them to get into the stadium before us, it could be interesting to say the least... just in case that happens I've already copied over the confirmation emails etc to my mobile phone ;)


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Sounds like a wise percaution. ;)

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You'll be fine.

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NYC is a fun place but expect to pay and have traffic nightmares. The theater is always nice and you can get tickets before or take your chance and get tickets on the day for considerably cheaper. There's a place there where that can happen but it's just what's left over and it might not be for the show you want.

The Tavern on the Green - http://www.tavernonthegreen.com/ - is a great place to eat with impeccable service and a pricey menu. At least it was when I was there last.

Nice places to visit, if you like this sort of stuff: Museum of Natural History, Freedom Tower, top of the Empire State Bldg, lots of art museums and just walking around places like Times Square is interesting. Keep your wallet safe!

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Thanks for the tips Manny but I'm not sure we'll be able to squeeze very much in, it will very much be a flyby visit... we'll be flying into La Guardia at 10:25am on the 6th and returning to Toronto on the 7th at 18:55pm.

I didn't realise that NY was only a 90 minute flight from Toronto when i initially booked the holiday otherwise i'd have pre-planned a weekend stop-over at least, even though it's turned out to be incredibly expensive for us to stay for just one night it was too good an opportunity not to take because the chances of us being able to afford anything like a full-time vacation in the States any time soon is probably about zero... as things stand we'll probably be paying off this holiday for a while and then the wife has her heart set on going to New Zealand in two years time! :shock:

That said, there are a few things we hope to squeeze in while we're there that should be achievable, visiting Ground Zero is an absolute must for me... not because i have to or need to but because i feel it would be wrong to be in the City and not pay my respects.

Seeing, even if we can't actually visit, the Empire State building and Statue of Liberty are top of the list for both of us... anything else we can manage to squeeze in will be a bonus... things like a Broadway show would be nice but not essential, we get enough of that arty farty stuff in Edinburgh as it is! LOL

Primarily it'll be about soaking up the atmosphere while we're there, e.g. the skyscrapers i have no doubt will blow me away, we don't have anything like them in Edinburgh because the City Council here won't allow high-rise buildings due to the fact they block the view of Edinburgh castle... and then there's the New Yorkers, are they really as brash as they're made out to be???... i can't wait to find out ;)

We'll be staying on West 47th just off Broadway so distance and time to any of the above will hopefully be relatively painless.


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