As you undoubtedly know, acquiring Villanova Wildcats tickets can be a bit of a hassle if you are not a season-ticket holder. Most games at The Pavlion are sold out before you even know the schedule and you are forced to go through the secondary market in order to acquire tickets. While The Nova Blog's partnership with TiqIQ won't change any of that, it will make it a lot easier to find the best priced tickets in various sections by aggregating various ticket retailers' prices and connecting you with them.
As you may have noticed, there is a new tab along the top navigation bar called "Tickets." By clicking on that tab, you'll be taken to The Nova Blog ticket center where you'll be able to find tickets for every 'Nova game, both road and away.
What TiqIQ essentially does is serve as an aggregator for other ticket retailers such as StubHub and eBay, showing you a range of ticket location and prices. There's even a color-coded system that tells you if a ticket is a good or bad deal. I would suggest playing around with a little, but you'll find that on the first screen you'll see a chart that shows you the historic prices of tickets for that game and whether they've been going up or down, as well as show you what TiqIQ thinks are the best deals. To dig a little deeper, just click on the game and you'll see a complete seating chart that displays are the available tickets, how many are available and how much they cost.
More on this awesome new feature after The Jump.
TiqIQ can also provide you a longer-term picture of how much tickets are going for. Right now you'll see that the only game listed is the Villanova-Temple game at Lincoln Financial Field, so we'll have to check on when other football games will be added. I would imagine the Villanova-Delaware game at PPL Park will be added when tickets go on sale to the general public in August. The same goes for basketball when the schedule is finalized and tickets go on sale.
As part of this partnership, you'll probably also see occasional tweets on The Nova Blog Twitter account alerting you to particularly good deals. Hopefully, you won't find this too obtrusive and we would definitely like your feedback.
Our hope is that this partnership will be seen as adding value to the site, as working with a smart ticket company like this seems to be a natural direction for us. While we don't endorse ticket scalping, this at least provides you a realistic picture of what you can expect to pay for a given game and should provide you the ability to find the best priced tickets. SB Nation first began working with TiqIQ back in November 2010 and so far it has been well received.
As a side note, The Nova Blog will be getting a relatively small percentage of every ticket that gets sold through our site. It's not necessarily a lot of money, but we are just poor bloggers and definitely appreciate the support.
Further down the line, TiqIQ may also be able to help us do stuff like having a The Nova Blog day at The Wells Fargo Center by getting us a special deal on a large chunk of tickets. We'll obviously get you more information as that becomes available.
By all means, if you have any questions let us know and we'll do our best to get you answers.