Ticket Buying: Ticket Solutions

Thanks to the internet it’s easy to get tickets to sporting events — and often at very good prices. Generally, I limit my purchases to going through Mets.com, but have recently been checking out some of the other online vendors — many of which I would not have known about had they not begun supporting MetsToday.com (no, the advertising dollars aren’t making me a millionaire, but they are paying the server bills and occasionally there’s enough left over to buy a bagel and coffee).

Because there are so many places on the web to buy Mets tickets, periodically, I’ll be posting quick reviews on some that I come across — regardless of whether they sponsor MetsToday or not. Hopefully these posts will be helpful to you.

Today we’ll check out Ticket Solutions, which of course offers baseball tickets (otherwise, why would we bother?). The home page is simple enough, showing you the three-step process of buying tickets — Choose your event, Choose your seats, Place your order. Easy, right? Just make sure you don’t click on the images correlating to those three steps, because they’re not links — you have to actually type in your event on the left sidebar. Right now there are also direct links to Super Bowl tix, NASCAR events, and concerts, and I imagine once spring arrives there will be quick links to baseball games.

For now, you’ll have to click on the dropdown link for Baseball — under the “Sports” link at the top of the page — and then on the New York Mets link on the following page. Two links isn’t bad, though I’d prefer there be a direct dropdown link somewhere on the home page — maybe the sidebar — to the Mets’ schedule. Maybe they’ll incorporate that kind of thing once the season starts. In the meantime, if you want you can use this link to Mets Tickets, which will bring you directly to the Mets 2008 schedule. Once there, it’s fairly simple to buy tickets — just click on the date of the game, find your seat, and buy. As with most other ticket sites, there is a detailed map of the seating, though no “view from your seat” feature like you see on MLB.com. Not a big deal, since most of us would be buying tickets to home games and are familiar with Shea Stadium, but it would be a helpful feature if you’re looking to see the Mets on a road trip.

Overall, Ticket Solutions is a straightforward, simple place to buy Mets tickets. I have never purchased tickets through them, so I cannot make a recommendation on their service. However, they do seem pretty confident about their service, however, since they offer a 200% guarantee on their ticket sales. If anyone has used them in the past please post your comments below, for everyone’s benefit.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.