Super Ball IX Festival News

June 22nd, 2011   |  10:05 am EST

Super Ball IX Layout Map - Phish Festival Map
Cleaned up festival map thanks to Jonny Schaefer. Click for a full view and a bigger map.

Editor’s note: Click here for the official SBIX map!

Not to be confused with the official Super Ball IX festival map, it seems some clever sleuthing by some fans has turned up what appears could be a legitimate layout map of the festival grounds.

A rudimentary SBIX map(below) was found on, the website of the company responsible for managing at least some of the beverage vending at the festival. The map is used on their site to show vendors where they can arrive, park and camp at Super Ball IX while they work for the weekend.

Super Ball IX Vendor Map

PT’er and HoodStream moderator Jonny Schaefer took a closer look at the map and found each section of the festival site by reading small print while zooming into the image. The map at the top of this article shows his labels for different areas laid over a Google map satellite image of Watkins Glen International. It should be known that the sections for RV and Family camping are not so evident on the map, but other areas should be legit.

This new map differs slightly from other versions of layout maps that circulated soon after Super Ball IX was announced in March.

Sure, you might want to use a big grain of salt when using this map to make any plans, if there are any plans that even could be made at this time. But all things reconsidered, it looks like the map could be mostly correct. We’ll all know in a week anyways.

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June 15th, 2011   |  4:18 pm EST

Super Ball IX SuperBall Balls - From The Maker of Phish Coins

From the creator of Phish Coins comes a new idea for the latest Phish festival, the Super Ball IX superball! How appropriate, huh? This jumbo sized superball would make a great commemorative addition to your Phish collection. The superball incorporates the festival’s colors and logo, including a red “IX” within a white star on one side and “A 3-Day Festival, Watkins Glen, NY, July 1-2-3, 2011” in capital letters on the other side. It measures almost 2 inches in diameter.

You can pick up one, or the whole lot of 999, for $9.99 each. For more information and inquiries into purchasing a Super Ball IX superball, check out the website or contact the man behind the balls at

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June 15th, 2011   |  2:51 pm EST

Phish SuperBall IX TicketsThere’s been a recent announcement made on the Super Ball IX Facebook page about ticket sales. If you’re going to the Phish festival in 2 weeks and want to receive hard tickets in your hand, you’ll have to buy them before June 24th at 12 noon. After that time, only “print at home” tickets will be issued through the official SBIX website.

So if you’d like to keep you ticket as a souvenir, then you better act within the next week before you’re obligated to print your own tickets at home and show up with a wrinkled piece of paper, looking very uncool.

If you plan on buying tickets at the gate then you will only receive a festival wristband. If you arrive with hard tickets in hand, your tickets will be scanned and handed back to you along with the obligatory wristband. Buy your tickets today!

In other festival news, you may surprised to know that the entertainment permits for Super Ball IX were only signed by Schuyler County legislators this past Monday. Nobody thought the festival was in jeopardy like some other recent get together(coughYasgur’scough) as local towns are sure to get a big economic boost from the weekend’s festivities.

Schuyler County Administrator Timothy O’Hearn said:

“We’re looking forward to the event. It’s going to be a nice addition for our tourism sector.”

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June 13th, 2011   |  1:00 pm EST

How many tickets will be sold for Super Ball IX?How many tickets will be sold for Super Ball IX? Schuyler County Sheriff Bill Yessman, in charge of security at SBIX, is estimating that only 40,000 to 50,000 people will show up for the Phish Festival in Watkins Glen, NY. Locals had expressed concerns of large amounts of fans descending on the local communities in and around Watkins Glen and partying like young people seeing a weekend of music from their favorite band.

Phish festival organziers and local town officials had put an attendance cap on the weekend event at 60,000.

Yessman said: “But it won’t reach the 60,000-fan cap that we had put on it. It doesn’t look like it’s going to be the maximum capacity. So it shouldn’t affect our residents as much as they had feared, I think.”

Locals shouldn’t worry about any cost related to managing the event by at least a dozen law enforcement agencies from across the Finger Lakes region. Revenue from the Phish festival will pay for necessities like that, not local taxpayers.

Drugs are bad, mmmkay?Sheriff Yessman goes on to give a tidbit of information that law enforcement probably has never publicly stated before for an event of this magnitude. People found with a small amount of illegal drugs will be allowed to walk free after their loot is confiscated. It’s suggested they won’t even be ticketed. If you’re caught with a large amount of illegal drugs or nitrous tanks, you will be arrested.

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June 13th, 2011   |  11:25 am EST

Surrender To The Flow - Phish Fan MagazineIf you’re familiar with the Surrender To The Flow magazine you may have picked up in the lot at a Phish show, then you’ll want to keep an eye out for the Super Ball IX mini-issue set to be released at the festival in a few weeks.

Surrender To The Flow is written by fans, for fans and keeps you up to date with recent happenings on tour and the Phish scene in general. It’s a great source of information, fun facts, great articles, editorials, interviews and more.

The SBIX issue is only 8 pages as opposed to the usual 48 or more and will feature an article about Summer Jam in 1973, statistics about phish festivals (avg # people have been to, people’s favorites, how many people are camping vs rving, etc), a puzzle, trivia, a brief overview of the other eight festivals, and festival tips submitted by our readers. All pages are in black and white and some ads are included. 6,000 copies have been printed.

The magazine has been around since 1998 and its creators have put out an issue for every Phish tour or run since (except Cypress, and 3 issues during first hiatus, one for Oysterhead and two for summer jamband festivals). Super Ball IX will mark the 30th issue of this fan favorite. There will be a team of approximately 25 people to help distribute the Super Ball IX issue. Make sure you find them and get a copy for yourself.

Check out more information on Surrender To The Flow and its editors on their website. And please “Like” their page on FaceBook.

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June 13th, 2011   |  10:56 am EST

Super Ball IX Hat - Phish

Do you like putting things on your head? Super. Be on the lookout at Super Ball IX for this one of a kind hat that would make an excellent souvenir of your experience at the Phish festival. Seth Matkowsky designed the hat which features an antelope patch on the front emblazoned with a US flag motif and “Watkins Glen” stitchwork on the back.

The Antelope hat is made from 100% cotton and cost $15 each. Seth will be roaming the lots starting at the Alpharetta shows tomorrow.

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