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December 9th, 2005

Question re: Portland show @ 03:30 pm

Anyone here who attended one of the Elevation shows with a GA ticket? My real question revolves around the venue's policy regarding standing/holding a place in line. My husband and I have GA tickets, and are wondering whether we should plan on being there all day or if we can plan to go down dark and early that morning to get our "you are here bracelets", then re-take our places in line later that night.

We've got daycare issues, alas, so need to make some plans in advance.

And yes, we are tres excited. I'm almost over the sadness of giving away giving away our Vegas tickets for last month thanks to the the anticipation ;).
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Date:December 9th, 2005 11:53 pm (UTC)
Some of it depends on the venue. In San Jose last spring, they gave out numbered wristbands early in the morning, and everyone had to be back at 5.

In most places, you will need to be in line for the whole day. People are generally fine with others leaving the line to get food, grab a shower, etc, but people who get their numbered spot, leave for the day, and then return a bit before doors are not well regarded, and depending on who is behind you, you could face an angry mob. I heard nasty stories of this happening in LA.

With the scan system, it is possible to go later and scan into the ellipse. I worked during the day of LA1, so I was far back in line by the time I got to Staples, but with the scan system, I was able to be in the ellipse anyway.

And there's always the chance of being close anyway. At the 10/8 MSG show, I got to the venue at 6 (thanks to a cross-country flight), they let us in at 7, and even though I was far back in line (another group had been let in earlier), my friends and I were still on the outer rail.

Hope this helps! And HAVE FUN AT THE SHOW!!!
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Date:December 10th, 2005 12:20 am (UTC)
Usually it's not "venue policy" its fan policy; first come, first serve. Everyone with GA recognizes that and upholds it, and your first couple of hundred people will be watching the line the entire time they're there. Usually, there are no probelms with stretching your legs, getting a couple hours sleep in your car, getting food, etc, but it'salways best to ask the people that are keeping the names and numbers of people in line and always inform the people in line directly infront or and behind you that you're going but you'll be back in X amount of time, that way you know you've got people validating your spot.

But going, getting a number and then leaving for any large chunk of time is not a good idea. And a lot of the time, they'll do line checks throughout the day/night and if you're not there your place gets taken; so you'll want to ask if any of that is taking place.

Basically, being there and talking to the people around you is the best and safest idea.
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Date:December 10th, 2005 07:56 am (UTC)
Even if you are within the first 80 or so people you should find outside rail space somewhere. That ellipse goes well into the floor plan. I didn't plan to line up for the 11/2 LA date because of all the crap that happened on 11/1 that I heard of second hand. I think that's why I had the euphoria of watching my fiancee scan in before me even though we were 400 deep in line.

I'm sure you'll have a great time irregardless, have fun!

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