The Week of TG National Championship
It's the Week of TG National Championship: 2 teams advanced to the final round of our TG Fantasy Tournament! Unfortunately, none of our TG Fantasy brackets submitted by YOU matched our Final Four®. Apply to our TG College Basketball Experience and win 2 Men's Final Four® & National Championship tickets.
Here are the 2 teams that advanced:
Written by Jenna
The Lockwood family arrived to Hartford's XL Center on Saturday afternoon to see The Harlem Globetrotters do what they do best: entertain audiences across the globe with basketball tricks and contagious humor.
However, the Lockwoods weren't your average family attending the game. They won the Ticket Galaxy #GalaxysStars Experience for the Globetrotters. This VIP-level Experience included Magic Passes to play on the XL Court and meet the players before the show, the Game Ball Presentation, and free VIP seats near all of the action.
Sandra Lockwood entered into the contest and won for her family. Her husband John Lockwood, son Brayden Lockwood, and his two friends joined Ticket Galaxy on Saturday. Brayden is a basketball player himself, watching games from the Globetrotters to the Hartford Hawks to the UCONN Huskies. His friends in attendance have played on the same AAU team as him for the past two years, and each of them holds a deep relationship with the sport.
"I just wanted to thank you so much for making this Experience even more special for the boys!" said Sandra Lockwood.
Before the game began, the Magic Pass portion allowed the Lockwoods to meet some of the Globetrotters including learning basketball tricks and shooting on the court.
Written by Jenna
It's the week of love: flowers, candlelight, chocolates, diamonds... blah. blah. blah. blah.
Ticket Galaxy is as over the couple cards and pink hearts as you are. It's time to "treat yo self" to some savings this week.
Which is why we're switching it up. From Galentine's Day (February 13th) to Friday, take 13% off ALL events on our site with promo code: TREATYOSELF13 at checkout.
Even better: we're listing some top events that would be great for a night out with friends, your significant other, and even family.
Treat yo self to our handpicked events this season:
Taylor Swift "reputation World Tour"
"Big reputation, big reputation..." ooooooh Taylor Swift has built a big reputation. Her first album in three years, 'reputation' exorcised many conflicting themes of a twentysomething woman. The album discusses hurt and disagreeing emotions regarding her public feuds, a disregard for her negative media portrayal, but most importantly, a self-reflective journey about her relationships. Once careless and jaded, Swift's current boyfriend made her believe in love again, and so she fell. 'reputation' has its nasty edges and coming-of-age mentality regarding her most bitter rivals. However, amongst the disarray, love still wins.
Swift is embarking on her "reputation World Tour" starting in May. The tour will head through the summer, as Swift will once again sell out multiple nights at the biggest stadiums in the country. Purchase Taylor Swift tickets at Ticket Galaxy to see the megastar live.
Ed Sheeran 2018 Stadium Tour
Ed Sheeran toured for the second half of 2017, hitting many major indoor arenas across the country. He is back in 2018 to perform at stadiums in support of his 2017 album ÷.
Stars on Ice
Stars on Ice is the ice show to see in 2018 following the 2018 Winter Olympics. Ice skating stars all around the country will participate in the 2018 tour including Olympics medalists and major faces in the ice skating realm.
Events to ❤:
Disney On Ice: Follow Your Heart
Events to 😍 For:
Love Never Dies
Written by Jenna
Houston Cougars vs. SMU Presented by Ticket Galaxy: Ticket Galaxy Partners with Boys & Girls Club Houston
Thursday night's Houston Cougars men's basketball home game was presented by Ticket Galaxy. Playing in-conference team SMU, the Cougars won 67-58. This makes the Cougars 11-0 at home and 18-5 this season.
However, the true highlight of the evening was in conjunction with the Houston community. Ticket Galaxy joined forces with Boys & Girls Club Houston to donate 30 tickets to the organization. In addition, Club Leader Carla Jones-Adams presented the game ball to Houston Athletic Director Chris Pezman.
Ticket Galaxy decided to collaborate with the Boys & Girls Club Houston because the company wanted to give back to a strong community that has been through so much over the past year. The Boys & Girls Club is an organization focused on the future generations, fostering safe and fun environments for children through after-school programs and more. A Cougars basketball game was a perfect fit as an outing for the members.
Congratulations on the Cougars' win, and thanks to everyone who made the night a success!
Ticket Galaxy is the Ticket Resale Partner of the Houston Cougars. For Houston Cougars tickets, click here.
For the official Houston Cougars Men's Basketball page, click here.
Written by Jenna
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Defending Super Bowl LI Winner the New England Patriots
The Jacksonville Jaguars are taking on the New England Patriots for the AFC Championship Game. After surging back to beat the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl LI, the Patriots once again proved their superstar status. Quarterback and arguable G.O.A.T. Tom Brady leads a developed team well-rehearsed in the art of winning and winning often. The Patriots' success is almost mocked in the NFL due to its consistency and enormity throughout the past decades. Aside from Brady, notable franchise players such as Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola help hold up a strong offensive line. The Patriots have won four Super Bowls since the new millennium including Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, and LI. The passionate New England fan base and talented roster makes for a deadly team year after year.
Written by Jenna
17. NBA Championship: King James Bows to Durant & Company
The 2017 NBA Championship was a showdown of two dominant NBA franchises: the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Lebron James, former Cavs player Kyrie Irving, and more star players stacked up on the Cavs bench. On the Warriors bench, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Draymond Green created a dominant part of the starting lineup. During Game 1, the Warriors swept the Cavs 113-91. The results were similar for Game 2, leading Cavs fans to scratch their heads and create frown lines. When Game 3 also went to Durant & Co., the NBA Finals looked to be a bust. However, the Cavs pulled out a win in Game 4, keeping momentum moving into Game 5. The Cavs fell to the Warriors in Game 5 with a final score of 129-120.
The Warriors won their fifth franchise championship due to the leadership of Durant and Curry. Durant scored 39 points in Game 5, and Curry held up with 34 points. Though James was not quiet with an astounding 41 points, it wasn’t enough to make the NBA Finals a fighting series. The Warriors won on their home court Oracle Arena.
Get tickets to see both teams duke it out against this year with differing lineups and a legacy to maintain.
16. Beyoncé’s Twins
The Internet just about broke when Beyoncé finally announced her twins with an over-the-top pregnancy photo shoot. Months later, she gave birth to Rumi and Sir Carter in June, weeks before her husband JAY-Z’s 4:44album release. Talk about PR. Beyoncé’s African American female superstar status is cemented, and the social media hype around her new children is just another example showing her influence. Rumi and Sir Carter join older sister Blue Ivy in the now five-person family.
There’s no doubt: that family slays no matter what they’re focused on. Beyoncé’s baby bump was the talk of the year.
Written by Jenna
On the 12th day of XMAS, Ticket Galaxy Gave To Me…
…Twelve Tunes We’re Humming, Eleven Shows Worth Hyping, Ten Lorde Tracks to Leap To, Nine TG Events for Gifting, Eight Monster Trucks Moving, Seven QBs a-Winning, Six Globies Playing, Five Golden Games, Four Old Taylors Calling, Three Festive Flicks, Two Teams That Dunk & A Festive Promo Sent With Glee!
Merry XMAS and Happy Holidays to all of our customers! On this particularly festive day, we’re giving you our Top 12 Festive Songs to keep the mood in merry for the remainder of the holiday.
12 Holiday Tunes to Keep the Festivities High:
And remember... until MIDNIGHT... $12 OFF with promo code: TGXMAS12 at checkout!
Written by Jenna
Women's Holiday Showcase Winner: John Rueb
John Rueb is no stranger to basketball. His time on the court last night at Ticket Galaxy's Women's Holiday Showcase Experience Winner was a comfortable place, as he coaches girls' travel basketball during his spare time.
"I started out with just a few girls on a team, then 10, and now I coach two teams that travel and compete," Rueb said proudly.
The 2017 Women's Holiday Showcase featuring #1 UCONN vs. Oklahoma on a night special to any UCONN basketball fans. Head Coach Geno Auriemma won his 1,000th career game last night, as UCONN defeated Oklahoma 88-64. Auriemma is the quickest to reach the women's college basketball 1,000th win mark, and he has 11 UCONN Women's Basketball National Championships to back it up. Auriemma now joins the likes of Pat Summitt, Tara VanDerveer, and and Sylvia Hatchell: women's college basketball coaches to forge past their 1,000th win.
Before all the celebration and speeches took place, Rueb faced his half-court shot at halftime. He just missed, knocking the backboard in an admirable attempt.
"I've been a basketball fan for a long time," he said, "This is special to be a part of."
The UCONN Women's team face the Memphis Tigers on New Year's Eve as their last home game of 2017.
Written by Jenna
‘Tis the season of giving, and spirits were high around the office leading up to Ticket Galaxy’s first annual holiday party. It was our mission to give Ticket Galaxy employees the chance to celebrate a successful year in the office while remembering the true meaning of the holidays: giving back.
Roughly two weeks prior to the party, employees were urged to bring in canned or non-perishable food items that would then be donated to our local food bank, Hands On Hartford. Before we knew it, our office was overflowing with donations.
When it was time to make the delivery to Hands On Hartford, we showed up with a utility van full of items. The donated items totaled to weigh over 780 LBS! Without the help of our generous employees, this would not have been possible, so thank you to everyone who helped us bring joy to families within our community.
Have a happy holiday – we look forward to more opportunities like this in the New Year.
Written by: Tara
"Nobody pray for me... even a day for me..." This year of music rivaled the prior year in a beastly manner that brought to light political and social viewpoints as well as progressions in individual genre stylings. The tumultuous nature of 2016 and 2017 encouraged artists to speak up through their craft. Fans saw many standing for a cause or merely adding to their catalog of music in new and interesting ways. From Kendrick Lamar's first line of "HUMBLE." to Logic, Alessia Cara, and Khalid's thoughtful "1-800-273-8255," artists everywhere made statements.
This was not an easy feat after last year's Grammys featured the likes of Beyoncé's Lemonade and her sister Solange's A Seat at the Table. The 59th Grammys also revived powerhouse vocalist Adele with 25. However, 2017's artistry did not disappoint amongst its fierce and recent competitors. Bruno Mars brought the entire country to its feet for 24K Magic, an album that sounded more like a groovy, '80s R&B record than a contemporary album. Kendrick Lamar hovered between pop and hip-hop for DAMN., an album that shows off his raw talent as much as his storytelling abilities. JAY-Z resurfaced for a reflective 4:44, shedding the toughest of his skins to reveal remorse, maturity, and the importance of family in a post-Lemonade era.
Then there were new bouts of talent on the rise. Khalid released American Teen that handles the usual topics of love, heartbreak, and growing pains but in a unique vocal tone that cast him in the up-and-coming spotlight. However, the most satisfying New Artist nominee goes to SZA: the first female R&B artist under Top Dawg Entertainment. For hip-hop fans, this label sticks out due to its connections with Dr. Dre, Eminem, and more major hip-hop sharks throughout the decades. SZA's debut album CTRL is a raw, unapologetic look into the life of a twentysomething. This includes a tumultuous love life and complicated relationship with self-love and self-worth.
The 60th Grammys will take place on Sunday, January 28th. Here are the 60th Grammys Nomination highlights:
Record Of The Year:
“Redbone” — Childish Gambino
“Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
“The Story Of O.J.” — Jay-Z
“HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar
“24K Magic” — Bruno Mars
Album Of The Year:
“Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino
4:44 — Jay-Z
DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar
Melodrama — Lorde
24K Magic — Bruno Mars
Song Of The Year:
“Despacito” — Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton, songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber)
“4:44” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)
“Issues” — Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels)
“1-800-273-8255” — Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)
“That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
Best New Artist:
Lil Uzi Vert
Read more here.
Written by Jenna
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