I'm a Socal APer, so July 17th is going to be a blackout day. Since I am planning on getting there early, I would prefer to have a good spot in line for the front gate, not the ticket booths. Would I be able to purchase a $30 blockout day pass for the 17th on an earlier day? If not, what would be the best strategy on the 17th to get a pass and get in line?
I'm expecting chaos and crowds bigger than the 4th/5th... is this an irrational belief?