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  1. Near the stadium: Legal Seafoods Agree on Miller Union and on Empire State South for southern cooking. Mary Macs is iconic but basic, food is not as good as Empire State South.
  2. InBev is more formally ABInBev or Anheuser-Busch InBev the company formed by a merger of three brewing companies. To be called a Craft Beer the brewer can not be more than 25% owned by a larger brewer (like InBev). Actually Red Hook fails on that count also as it is over 30% owned by InBev.
  3. Shoowin.com sells ticket reservations for the Super Bowl as well as other events. You pay a fee and if the team you paid the fee for makes it to the game you get to buy nosebleed tickets at face value. If your team doesn't make it you forfeit the fee. What is interesting is it become another type of prediction market. The fee is higher for teams more likely to make it to the SB. In the AFC the Patsies are $550, Steelers are $350 and everyone else is pretty much $200 or less. In the NFC all the usual suspects (Falcons, Eagles, Vikings, Rams, Cowboys) are $350. The Packers are already sold out (not surprising) but what is surprising is the Lions are sold out too. The other surprising thing is the Aints are only $150. The Vegas odds would not suggest this so either this is disinterested fans or shoowin disagrees with Vegas. Anyone know anything about this site? I imagine there must be significant counter-party risk (they don't deliver the tickets or they go out of business) but I couldn't find much on-line about where they get the tickets or how it has worked in the past. I know there have been instances in the past where brokers pre-sold tickets they didn't have and a short squeeze resulted and as I understand it some people didn't get the tickets they had purchased. I was looking at it as if the Falcons make it to the SB I imagine the ticket prices will go through the roof.
  4. I realize that which is why I said a probabilist would not say that. Actually if you believe in the super bowl curse that the host team is less likely to be in the game they are actually not independent trials. In any case, as I pointed out, if you assume all teams are equally likely you need to start with 1 out of 16 as there are 16 NFC teams and one of them will be in the game. The probability the Falcons are the first team to play in a super bowl in their home stadium is very simple, it is just the probability they make it to the super bowl this year.
  5. Not quite. The 1/32 has relevance but not for the reason you think. (The following is overkill but I found the problem interesting.) First, two teams make it and the question is the probability that one of them is the host. More importantly, once the city is chosen, the host is not random, and we even know if it is an AFC or NFC city. Since there are 16 NFC and 16 AFC, all things being equal, the probability the host makes it to the game in any specific year would be 1/16. (Essentially this would be the probability Atlanta made it to the game this year, again all things being equal.) As others have pointed out, though, all things are not equal. Putting aside the Meadowlands as a host, the super bowl is only held in a warm weather city or one with a dome, and the cold weather domes are usually special situations. If you take a quick look at the super bowls that have been played, about 1/2 the time there were two cold weather teams in the contest so obviously neither could have been the host. If we say that 1/2 the time one of the teams could have been the host (and there have been relatively few super bowls with 2 warm weather teams where either could be the host) and that being in the game is independent of being the host (not entirely clear given the relative success of cold weather and warm weather or dome teams) we get back to 1/32. If we assume the probability in any given year that the host is in the game is 1/32, independent of any other year, then the probability it would never happen out of 52 contests is about 20%. A probabilist would never say this but looks like we're due!
  6. There is standing room at the back of some of the 200 sections. Counter to put your beer or food and room to stand. Lots of folks with either SRO tickets or seats in the 300s camp out there. The ones next to the club sections (not possible behind the clubs of course) are probably the best but there are also some in the endzone.
  7. We will be at those same two games. STH for Falcons; only go to 2 or 3 United games each year and just happened to get tickets for that one. Should be a great weekend for your family. For downtown attractions your son might like the Aquarium. He also might like World of Coke. I don't get that one, it is really just a big advertisement for Coke but my nephew came for a visit from Philly when he was 11 and he loved it. Then he came for a second visit the next year with his sister and she wanted to go and he was fine with going back. Go figure.
  8. If you are too high up some or all of the halo board will not be visible.
  9. My understanding is that the Falcons only put 1000 to 1500 tickets into the lottery when they were in it 2 yrs ago. Also, last SB when it looked like the Vikings might make it, the NFL announced they would not get both the host city allotment and the participating team cut. Thought it would be unfair for a team that was in it to control those extra seats so I think they were only going to allot them the 17.5% not the extras for the host city. So if the Falcons make it this yr I would still not see a great chance of getting tickets in the lottery.
  10. I agree with the draft party. Dropping that was a mistake in my mind. Definitely want to see that come back. Anyone know if the tickets to the Coke spectacular are transferable? I will be out of town but a buddy of mine who is not a STH would go.
  11. There are some folks upset with the way it played out and they are selling their PSLs. Others of us just would like it to be easier (and less expensive) to make a change. Like others have said I think MBS is great, my wife and I go to all the games, never sell our tickets and I even told my wife I thought our seats were great. I am in row 4 though and someone was selling seats right in front of me. Those seats should be roughly the same value as mine and if it weren't for the fees I would have considered buying those and selling mine but with 10% on the buy and then again on the sell there was no way it was worth it. Whoever was selling those seats was a scalper, BTW, so I never saw the person the whole season. He might be selling because he can't make as much as he expected but that is his problem. I have no issue with where I am.
  12. Nonsense. Prior to PSLs we could upgrade using a system implemented by the team. That cost money to operate but they did it, without charging us for the service, because they wanted to keep us as STHs. With PSLs they could just as easily implement a system to facilitate transfers and if they were concerned with keeping STHs they would do it at no cost. They charge now because they know we are captive and don't have to worry about keeping us as STHs.
  13. Totally agree. Process is a mess and a ripoff. I considered trying to upgrade but my seats are good enough that it wasn't worth the aggravation or extra cost to try.
  14. Buying as an investment or financing the purchase never made sense. Those of use who were STHs in the dome bought after an 8-8 season so we had no expectation of last year's super bowl run or anything in the future. I moved here three years ago from Boston so I don't have the years of disappointment others have but at the same time with the Pats success there was a 10 year waiting list (nonrefundable deposit to get on the list BTW) so there was a huge advantage being able to buy season tickets right away. Fact is, they get the money one way or another. Pats do not have PSLs but the ticket prices are higher. My brother in law has upper level corners for which he pays 890/season. They would be 800/season here. If you amortize the PSL it is less than 90/season so the tickets are cheaper here overall. And while we are at it, MBS is a much better place to watch a game than Gillette. Now if the product on the field was as good ...