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Philadelphia: Suggestions, NBA Tickets, Where to Stay

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Philadelphia: Suggestions, NBA Tickets, Where to Stay

Hey there..

So me my girlfriend are heading to New York for a week on the 10th March. From the 15th of March, we will be staying in Atlantic City for a week.

We've heard there's not a huge lot to do in Atlantic City (apart from Gambling, but I'll be just shy of my 21st birthday when I visit), so we plan to come to Philadelphia for a couple of days.

We shall probably come on the 18th, as the 76ers are playing, and it has always been a dream of mine to attend an NBA game.

So, I have a few questions..

Firstly, does anyone know HOW I should go about booking NBA tickets? I tried through NBA's own website, and to not have shipping I clicked on 'print at home' - it lets me select GB as my country, but still wants a zip code from me and a US telephone number. The site says it can ship internationally, but under 'delivery by mail' there is no extra cost, and I am unsure how to let it know I am buying from out of the states. I'd much rather be able to print the tickets at home, rather than spend a lot on international shipping, and risk them not getting here on time.

I also looked at vertex and stubdepot(or stubhub) - but they didn't offer the tickets I wanted that were available on NBA as they are marketplaces. Also, they can electronically transfer the tickets but it sounds a little complicated and at the event I have to show Government Issued ID (will I get a VISA ID of some sort on entrance to the states? I've applied for an ESTA Visa but it doesn't say it comes in a physical form)

Also, any recommendations on where to stay, or what to do?

I'm interested in a few things, I know a fair amount about American history so know a couple of place. I'd also like to do the Rocky steps at the museum.

We'd appreciate any thoughts, suggestions and advice.

Thanks alot!!

Edited: 9:56 pm, February 26, 2013
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1. Re: Philadelphia: Suggestions, NBA Tickets, Where to Stay

First, why are you planning to go to Atlantic City? I really like Atlantic City, but I strongly recommend that you rethink this plan. Unless there's a special event you want to go to (a concert, for example), I would recommend that anyone who hasn't turned 21 not go to Atlantic City at all. You really, really shouldn't go for a whole week, and especially not in March.

Gambling and drinking are the dominant activities in Atlantic City, and you won't be allowed to do either if you haven't turned 21. The beach is another big attraction, but March is not beach weather. Beyond that, Atlantic City is a distressed city, and I really can't imagine what you would do there for a week if you can't gamble, drink, or enjoy the beach and the ocean.

Again, I'm telling you this as someone who likes Atlantic City and is considering a visit there in March. Many people have a much more cynical view of Atlantic City than I do.

How old is your girlfriend? Many hotels require guests to be 21 to check in. If neither of you is 21, you need to make sure the hotels you choose in each city will allow you to check in. This will significantly limit your options in Philadelphia and New York, and it will be impossible at the casino hotels in Atlantic City.

Check out the Top Questions on the right side of the page (on the desktop version of TA, not the mobile version) for info on where to stay and things to do in Philadelphia. And when you go to see the Rocky statue at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, go inside and spend some time in the museum. It's one of my favorite attractions in Philadelphia.

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2. Re: Philadelphia: Suggestions, NBA Tickets, Where to Stay

Sorry, I was meant to explain about Atlantic City..

Shopping with Tesco (big supermarket chain) you get clubcard points over here - like loyalty points. With the points, we can get a week stay in America with a company called Apartments4You.

Atlantic City was the only available CITY, all other locations was a couple of hours drive away from main cities in rural locations. Since neither one of us will be driving, Atlantic City was the only place possible.

My girlfriend is 21, and we're staying at the Wyndham Skyline Tower for our week there.

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3. Re: Philadelphia: Suggestions, NBA Tickets, Where to Stay

I think the best thing you could do is delay this trip until you are 21 and choose a time when the weather will be good (roughly May-September).

If you can't do that, it is possible (though certainly not preferable) to stay in Atlantic City and commute to Philadelphia, where there would be more for you to do. New Jersey Transit's Atlantic City line train takes about 90 minutes each way and costs $10 per person each way. You can buy a weekly pass for $86.50.

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4. Re: Philadelphia: Suggestions, NBA Tickets, Where to Stay

Sixers tickets can be had for under $5. the indoor lacrosse team draws better than the 6ers.

Edited: 9:19 am, February 27, 2013
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5. Re: Philadelphia: Suggestions, NBA Tickets, Where to Stay

There's plenty to do in New York, which is the main reason we're coming. Visiting New York is a dream of mine. Once there, with it being such a long and expensive flight we wanted to stay in America for as long as possible to make the most of it.

Considering it's free accommodation (can't get free accommodation if I delay) then it'll just be nice to be in America.

Yeah, we've considered commuting, and could probably afford to buy a few cheap nights there

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6. Re: Philadelphia: Suggestions, NBA Tickets, Where to Stay

Shame, I just ordered tickets for 100$. Mind, I could have got them cheaper, but for our first and maybe only ever NBA game we wanted decent ish seats (still not great, at the top but front row of the section and centralish to the court)

Thanks for the info though. Lacrosse isn't something which hugely interests me, they get better crowds though? Surprising..

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7. Re: Philadelphia: Suggestions, NBA Tickets, Where to Stay

I can't imagine what you are going to do in AC for a week without a car if you don't gamble. I hope that your apartment is in a safe area because AC has a high crime rate. I hope that you are aware that AC and parts of the NJ Shore endured substantial damage and devastation from Hurricane Sandy that is still in the process of being cleaned up. Like Lauren, I think this plan is very ill advised.

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8. Re: Philadelphia: Suggestions, NBA Tickets, Where to Stay

I don't think A.C got much damge from the storm. That said I know you can bet on horses at 18.

Edited: 10:51 am, February 27, 2013
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Yes unfortunately the sixers don't have much of a following anymore. People are practically giving tickets away.

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10. Re: Philadelphia: Suggestions, NBA Tickets, Where to Stay

some games may be more in demand, for instance, when Miami comes to town.

It is interesting how the NBA seems to be more popular in Europe than here!

Edited: 1:37 pm, February 27, 2013