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Bought Tickets For ‘THE Circus’, Ringling Brothers, For October 2013 — As Usual.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Going to the October ‘Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey‘ circus at the Verizon in Manchester, NH, has become a cherished annual event over the last five or six years — us also typically taking in the elephant parade before that got nixed by the circus last year. [More on that in a later post.]

The first time we went we had to redeem a FREE TICKET voucher that Deanna had got when Devanee was a baby. Barnum & Bailey give a free voucher to all babies provided the parents claim the voucher before the baby turns one.

barnum & bailey free kids voucher

Click to access program

When I went to Verizon box office to redeem the voucher and get 3 more tickets I discovered that the voucher only covered the ‘cheap’ seats. So I ended up getting 4 ‘cheap’, i.e., ~$20, seats. When we went to the performance we were pleasantly surprised. Given that the arena is quite small and the circus ‘floor’ occupies all of the ‘floor’ space, the cheap seats were GOOD.

Since then I have always gotten the cheap seats.

This year was no different. Though we get, through e-mail, all sorts of ‘buy tickets early’ promotions from the circus, I refrain since it involves dealing with Ticketmaster and I loathe Ticketmaster with a vengeance. So if we happen to be within 20 miles, i.e., Concord, we drive to the Box Office and buy the tickets at the window. As far as I recall the tickets for this year went on sale last week. But, I wasn’t too concerned. The show we go to is never full.

Yesterday morning, i.e., Monday, we were in Concord. We had to drop Devanee off at a 12-night camp. We then headed to the Verizon. It was very quiet.

I got exactly the tickets I wanted. 2nd row from the floor. So we can still be close enough to be perspired upon by the clowns. The four tickets averaged out to $22 each. Parking, thanks to Manchester’s Event Parking, is a $1. So it is not an expensive outing and is definitely worth the money.

I happened to be served by the Assistant Manager of the Box Office. I was telling him that I always come and buy my tickets at the window. He confirmed that that was always the best way — if you can make it to Manchester.

This is the seating configuration at the Verizon for the circus. The ‘stage’ and the ‘blue/gray’ in the middle are the ‘floor’ [i.e. ring] for the circus. There are cheap seats in the yellow sections and if you know the setup, as I do, and the Box Office person is willing to help you, you can get 2nd row seats, in the yellow segments for the kind of price I did. We once, for Cirque du Soleil, did the purple seats. They were too far. Not doing that again.

THE Circus, Ringling Brothers, Is Coming Back To Town, viz. Manchester, NH. Oct. 3 – 6, 2013.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
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Click to access 'Ringling' Webpage on the 'Dragons' tour ... with video and description.

Click to access ‘Ringling’ Webpage on the ‘Dragons’ tour … with video and description.


We have been going to this circus, at the Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, NH, for the last 4 years. We love it. They put on a good show (and we also go to other circuses too). Check my posts from last year, like this one.

I am glad that they are coming. Each year I worry that they might decide to give NH a miss on economic grounds. We, by tradition, go to the last show on Sunday night — because in prior years (before all the fuss about cruelty to elephants) you also got to see the elephants walking from the arena to the train. That was always a thrill. Last year, as I chronicled in my many posts, they took the elephants to the train while the show was still going on! I will do a separate post on the ‘elephant parade‘ 0r the lack thereof. Though the Saturday night show is the big hit, the Sunday night show has a lot of empty seats. That is why I worry whether they make enough money from their shows in Manchester. That said, they never send their ‘top’ tour up here. We get the ‘runner-up’ tour. C’est la vie. In this case it really is what you pay the piper.

That it is a dragon-oriented show is cute. Of late the shows have had more and more oriental influence. That we had ‘Dralion‘ by the Cirque at the Verizon just last year seems incongruous. Again, that is OK.

As I said before we go for the cheap seats, i.e., $17 – $22. The first time we went we had a free ticket and that was in the ‘cheap seat’ section. So we had to get three others to go with it. We discovered, to our delight, that the ‘cheap seats’ were not bad given that the arena is not that big. So that is what we do. Buying those seats definitely makes this circus affordable.

Yes, I will do more posts, especially about the elephants, in the coming months.

See you at the circus.