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On April 26, 2010 my husband and I attended the 12:20pm taping of The Price is Right with Drew Carey in CBS Television City outside of Los Angeles, California. The show aired on May 19, 2010 on CBS and we were sitting dead center behind Contestant’s Row, shown in almost every shot of the audience that aired during the episode.
For those who plan to be in the audience (or possibly be a contestant) on The Price Is Right, I present you with this list of things to expect when you get to CBS Television City. I wrote this list not to be an accurate representation of what you will absolutely experience, but to share our single experience with those just as naive as we were when we got our tickets to the show.
I must preface this with the fact that we have only been to one single taping, and have never been in the audience of any other game shows. This is our first and only experience, described by the true newbies that we were.
The following is a recap of what we discovered along the way during our day as an audience member on The Price is Right.
Order of Arrival Passes and Original Tickets
Line #1: With OOA pass in hand, return at your scheduled time to get in the first of three lines. There is no point in getting there early, because you will be lined up in order of arrival. There is plenty of seating available, however they clear benches #1 and #2 first so I suggest sitting on bench #5 for the long haul. Make absolutely sure you are NOT LATE to this line, or you will be automatically booted from the audience and miss your chance to be on the show. Audience members are called in groups of 30 to get in numerical order based on your OOA pass number. You will be provided with a Contestant Number at this time, which will NOT match your OOA number. First you get a green tag with contestant number that you write your name and SSN on, followed by a white bio card. The bio card will be used to help select contestants, so make it good! You must wear your contestant number on your shirt attached to your name tag until you get into the theater. Our OOA numbers were 52/53 and our Contestant Numbers were 47/48, because five people ahead of us didn’t show up to Line #1 in time and got booted. Fair warning! After everyone is lined up, they set up a temporary photo green screen and each group has their picture taken. They are later found online and you can buy a copy for $24 on their website.
Price is Right
I hope this helps at least a few folks who have no idea what to expect when they get tickets to a taping of The Price is Right. I wish we knew then what we know now about how things really work, how long you wait in line, and what you can and can’t do.
I hope you get to “come on down” if you attend a taping! Cheers, and good luck!
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Hi! Just stumbled on your post via google. I’m interested in getting tickets for the PIR and was gonna ask a few questions! For the tickets you got ahead of time, what kind were they? I’ve heard priority is a sure way to get into the audience, and I didn’t know if that what you had too?
LaRae, we just had regular tickets that you get in the mail. I’m not sure what the Priority tickets are, because at the time we went, they didn’t offer any other way to see the show. Have fun!
This made for an awesome reading at 1:30 in the morning. Thank you for this … and happy to hear you had a great time!
Thanks for the overview. I went to the taping August 2015 and had priority tickets I had gotten off the Internet. It was also my first attempt to ever be on a game show. As you said it was very exciting especially as I made it as one of the 9 contestants. Then there cones the thrill and excitement/nervousness as to whether you going to make it on the stage. Well, I made it there too! Then even more nervous and excitement as to whether you can guess the prices etc. Well, ironically I played the rat race game…my childhood nickname was “rat.” I had the time of my life…screaming and hollering so loud I am surprised I was not hoarse after the show. I won a car and some other great prizes
Take a chance and you may just be the one hearing “come on down you are the next contestant on the Price is Right!.