Hankering to see Bryce Harper hit his 100th career home run on a recent homestand, I downloaded the app and found decent upper-deck seats for $7 — a great bargain, considering that such seats are normally about $21 through the Nationals’ website. Creating an account and entering payment information took less than five minutes.
The app displayed a map of the ballpark, each section marked with a color-coded dot signifying the quality of the deal I would be getting. Dark green is an amazing deal, yellow is an okay deal and dark red an awful deal (those are SeatGeek’s terms, not mine). I was snagging a dark green seat. The app also displayed each section’s view of the field. This was most helpful.
The ticket was saved right in the app, and at the ballpark I scanned a bar code on my phone’s screen to enter. No need to print anything.
Harper, alas, hit his 100th career home run (a grand slam, no less) two days later while I was stuck at work, grumbling that I hadn’t played hooky.
Among the more helpful features of this app is that it allows you to share tickets with friends. On a recent Saturday, I went to a Nats game with a buddy who had bought the tickets. With a few taps on his phone, he sent the ticket right to me via the app. I received a text alert, then tapped a link to accept and download the ticket into the app, ready to use on game day. Now we could meet at the seats, rather than at a spot outside the stadium to hand over a paper ticket. I’m a big fan of this feature.
Users can also sell tickets within the app, which is helpful if you have to cancel plans.
Locally, SeatGeek offers tickets to concerts at the 9:30 Club, the Fillmore Silver Spring and Baltimore Soundstage, among other venues. It doesn’t offer tickets to Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown, which is a bummer, since it’s the music venue I frequent most. But that’s my only grouse. SeatGeek is otherwise wonderful. I can’t imagine a better way to get you to an event, cheaply and easily.
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OPERATING SYSTEMS: iOS and Android
USER RATINGS: iTunes, (3,627 ratings); Google Play, (9,163 ratings)
REVIEW’S BOTTOM LINE: A wonderful, easy-to-use app that makes getting to venues a breeze.