At Preferred Seating Tickets we get a lot of calls, emails and chats asking about seating for concerts, sports and theater events and often the question comes up about tickets listed as GA, G.A., GA1, GA16, any listing with GA and a number after it, or general admission. In 99% of cases these are all the same type of seat that is just listed differently for inventory purposes. But the ticket prices can vary greatly.
Outdoor amphitheater shows, festivals and even a lot of indoor concerts may be selling seating as entirely general admission or only limited GA seating. General admission most often means the floor area of an indoor concert or a grass section at the rear of an amphitheter seating. There will be no seats and usually you cannot take a seat into an arena or amphitheater, but many festivals may allow them.
The main reason for listing the seats this way is to keep track of inventory for a ticket without a row or seat number. The important thing to know is that they all get you into the same area where it’s whoever gets there the earliest gets to the front.
There is another type of general admission seating that is distinctively different though. Many performers such as U2, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga and Kenny Chesney have an area directly in front of the stage often called the Pit or Pit Ga or in the case of Chesney, the Sand Bar. Tickets for seats in this area can be substantialy more than regular GA tickets and the face and resale values are often much higher.
So if your looking for tickets for the pit area always look for the correct wording that matches up with the seating diagram. They may have both a general admission pit area in front of the stage, followed by reserved seats that are then followed by a general admission lawn area.
And always choose the cheapest posted ticket prices for the general admission seating you want because they should be all the same. For further details you can check any notes that may be in the ticket listing or give us a call at Preferred Seating if you have any other questions about GA tickets.