JRS VOLUME #13; ISSUE #36
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 13, Issue #36: TICKETS AND THE GATE
August 25, 2009
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If you haven't gotten your tickets for Burning Man this year, you still can. And we sure do hope to see ya!
Oh, and contrary to what was pasted into the Transportation Edition of the JRS, tickets ARE available at the Box Office onsite for 2009, but only until 11:59 p.m. PST (midnight) on September 3. So there.
If you're going to buy tickets from a third party, don't get scammed! We have information as to how to avoid such nastiness. See down yonder.
Read on, and we'll see y'all soon, all dusty like!
TICKETS AT $300
All of our lower-price level tickets have sold out, and the current ticket price is $300 if you purchase it before you get to the Gate at Burning Man, where they are $360. So, you're best off getting one before-hand, unless you're just made of money or something. And whether you're made of money or not, all tickets bought at this point are available via Will Call only, and you will need to show your photo ID AND have a confirmation number to pick up your tickets. You'll find the Will Call booth on the right as you approach the Gate. Look for the signs, you can't miss it (unless you're made of money, and thus have no eyes).
Buy tickets here:
TICKET OUTLETS STILL SELLING UNTIL AUGUST 28TH
You can buy your tickets in person at one of our ticket outlets. They're selling tickets until Friday, August 28th, or until supplies last. More info and a list of locations can be found here:
TICKETS *ARE* BEING SOLD AT THE GATE
Never fear, if you've (seriously?) procrastinated *that* badly, and you haven't gotten your tickets yet, you'll be able to purchase them at the Box Office at the Burning Man Gate this year.
They cost $360 at the gate. So you're better off getting them online or at one of the ticket outlets. Just sayin'. But hey, that's up to you.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE GATE
Here's some tips on what to expect at the Gate when arriving at Black Rock City and how to make the process go as smoothly as possible for you:
#1. BE ON TIME
No one likes an 'Early Emily'.
Please, do not plan to arrive, and DO NOT arrive at BRC until you are allowed to be there. The event opens at 12:01am on MONDAY August 31st. Showing up early may actually cause you to get into the event later than if you show up on time. Stop somewhere and take a break if it looks like you will arrive early rather than drive 2 hours to BRC only to be turned around. You will save yourself a lot of frustration. IF YOU ARRIVE BEFORE 12:01AM YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED INTO THE EVENT AND YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO WAIT AT THE GATE.
#2. BE PREPARED
Don't be a 'Disorganized Danny'.
When you roll up to the playa, have your ticket and any applicable paperwork (copy of mutant vehicle registration, early arrival pass, etc.) in your hand. Not your friends' hands, not in your trunk, not in your friend named Hans' trunk. Be prepared to show your ticket to the Gate volunteer as soon as you hit the gravel (heck, get it ready in Gerlach!).
Your car will be searched at the Gate. If you can pack accordingly it will make it easier on everyone, which means you get through faster. If you have a large vehicle or a lot of stuff, we appreciate it when you help us during the search! Read the Survival Guide and know what items are not allowed into BRC!
#3. BE AWARE
Don't be an 'Uninformed Ursula'.
If you need to go to Will Call/Box Office: stay in the FAR RIGHT LANE on Gate Road and look for the entrance to the Will Call Lot. Go to Will Call/Box Office, get your tickets and then get in line. Everyone in your vehicle must have a ticket in hand when you reach the Gate or your entire car will be turned around! Do not add an hour (or more!) to your wait time. Don't get searched twice! Head to will call, get the tickets, and get in line - but don't get in line without all your tickets!
#4. BE REALISTIC
No one enjoys a 'Frustrated Ferguson'.
Thousands of people arrive in the first 18 hours of opening. If you arrive during these hours, expect a long wait at the Gate. If you want a smoother and faster entry, consider arriving after the initial rush. If you are going to arrive in the hours after opening, then plan to enjoy the wait. This is also true for Exodus - avoid leaving during the peak afternoon times on Sunday and Monday if you want your best chance at a shorter line. You have been warned!
#5. BE PATIENT
No one likes a 'Grumpy Gateperson', just like no one likes an 'Angry Allen' or 'Mean Mary'.
The Gate folks are VOLUNTEERS. They donate their time to help you get in to Black Rock City! If you're patient with them, they will be patient with you. Remember, no one likes a 'Dishonest Denise' or a "Fencehopping Freddy'. Please, be patient, play nice and wait your turn. Cutting in line and running through fences not only makes you lame, it will guarantee that you get into the event a LOT later than you planned.
DON'T GET SCAMMED
Burning Man tickets are being bought and sold pretty regularly by third parties over Craigslist, Facebook and the like right about now. If you want to buy one, great ... just donít get scammed. We've written up a nifty little blog post that tells you how to avoid getting screwed. Check it:
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