When you go to see a show, you don’t want to settle for subpar seats. You want the best seats that you can find at an acceptable price. You don’t want to sit in the nosebleed section unless that’s your only choice. And it rarely is your only choice. There are typically many great seating options out there, but if you don’t act quickly, you can easily miss out. Our goal is to help you avoid that.

Picking the View that WorksWhen you buy tickets, your best bet is always to plan as far ahead as possible. The sooner you decide that you’re going to buy tickets, the more time that you have to search third party sites and find the perfect seat for you and your family. And for some of the more popular shows, this planning ahead is the only possible way that you will find good seats. Even if it takes a few weeks, this method has a very high likelihood of working.

Here are a few things that you can do to give yourself the best possible chance of finding the best seats… at the best price.

Use the Web

One of the great things about the internet is that it has made the world smaller. We can talk to almost anyone we want to almost instantaneously. We can find out anything we might want to know. And that applies to knowledge about tickets and seats, too. The majority of the big venues have seating charts available. Some of the big ticket sites like SeatGeek have integrated these into their sales platforms, too. For big Broadway shows and the biggest of the comedy acts, you can use these charts to get an idea of exactly where your tickets will be located. You can see how close you are to the stage, and you can find the best available tickets to meet your personal taste a lot more easily this way, too. Using these tools to your advantage will be a very easy way to plan your outing, even if you’ve never been to the venue where your show is located.

If you’re going to TD Garden to see a Boston Celtics game, for example, you can go right on the TD Garden website and find out detailed ticket information there. It’s a very simple thing to do.

You’re already on the web buying tickets. You might as well use it to find out information about the venue and give yourself the best seats, too.

Smaller Venues

Sometimes you won’t be able to find information about a venue easily. In this case, you can still use the web to your advantage. We suggest using forums. If you’re going to an off-Broadway show, find a forum dedicated to the theater and you are inevitably going to find fans who have already been to the venue that you’re interested in going to. If you’re to going to see a smaller name on the comedy circuit, a comedy club forum is the way to go.

What’s the benefit of this? Well, besides getting you in touch with other fans, you can find out whether seats at a smaller venue are good or not. For example, if ticket #538B is situated right behind a pole and blocks the view of the stage, you want to avoid that one no matter how great of a price you might find on it. This sort of community is a really good thing to be a part of because you can find out which seats are best, and you can also sometimes find out little tricks regarding the best seats. Is there a super cheap general admission seat that gives you an amazing view? This is where you can find out.