So what does mean? It means a lot of things and in the biggest of pictures it means all good things. First off if you were so lucky to have a grand saved up and you got off an envelope decked out/or not and it's dated the 20th of January you have a very good chance of getting your order filled, they can't fill them all but they have pushed back the on-sale date so that they can tell you if you won or lost in this lottery of ticket seeking, I am anxious to see what the Mail Order Tickets look like, the artwork used to be pretty awesome and Phish has taken it up a notch over the years, I'm sure in this case the tickets will not disappoint, as for what they look like and where they get you in the show.
Ticketmaster will be a very hard bet, at least to get the good seats, they will go on Stub-Hub for hundreds of dollars in the secondary market but it is of my belief that nose-bleed tickets will be easily obtained for all three nights and to say you were there is a big part of going, then there is the epic music and the lights and dancing and the backdrop of Chicago.
One added last point, why no updated seating chart? This would answer a lot of these questions and since they had such a huge mail-order turnout that they are trying to increase the venue size and if that means selling seats at a lower price behind the stage so be it, but I think they are STILL waiting to hear back from the Fire Marshall's okay on how many people can safely attend each night before they make a final seating chart. This is my speculation, I have no source but my intuition and educated guess on this only.
To recap the 3 changes in the last 2 days:
There is no longer a Grateful Dead fan club presale on 2/11, This means barring aftermarket ticket purchases. There are now 3 way to purchase tickets.
- Mail order (now over, must have been postmarked Jan 20th)
- CID Ticket/Hotel Packages (on-sale February 11th at 10AM CST)
- Ticketmaster Public on-sale: (Sat February 28th 10:00 AM CST)We now learned as of today 1/28 that the only way to purchase/obtain GA Pit tickets are through Mail order only. No Pit tickets will be available via the Public on-sale viaTicketmaster. (However GA Pit will also be available in limited numbers via the CID packages.) GA Field behind the GA Pit will be available through Ticketmaster.
- We have also learned the the section behind GA Pit is now GA Field. No reserved field seating. Just GA Pit, and GA Field. Per our interpretation of the dead50.net website.