Ticket Request Process and Application

The ticket request process closed on February 11, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. Those who requested tickets will be notified in a few weeks if their ticket request has been granted.

Ticket Request Deadline

  • All ticket requests must be received by The Catholic Foundation before February 11, 2008 at 5:00pm.
  • We encourage all Catholics to submit their requests electronically via the links at the bottom of this page.   

Ticket Eligibility

  • All Catholics registered in Archdiocesan parishes are eligible to apply for tickets.
  • 2/8 Update: We have removed the requirement that applicants must be 14 years of age.
  • 2/8 Update: The Archdiocese is extending the invitation to request tickets to Catholics from adjacent dioceses that are planning to attend the 2008 Boston Catholic Men's and Women's Conferences.
  • Catholics under 18 years of age must either be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or be part of an officially sponsored school or parish trip with supervision protocols that meet Archdiocese of Boston guidelines.
  • Large groups can apply. However if there are far more requests than available tickets, the allocation process will favor small groups to try to ensure tickets are distributed in a way that involves as many parishes and schools as possible. So we encourage applicants to apply via the normal online request form (at the bottom) which allows requests for up to 5 people.

Ticket Information

  • Is there a cost for Papal Mass tickets?  No.  All tickets to the actual Papal Mass in Yankee Stadium are FREE. 
  • Is there a cost for anything else?  Yes.  All applicants for tickets will be required to pay a $60 fee for roundtrip bus transportation (or request a fee waiver).  See below for more information on the transportation fee. 
  • Are tickets transferable?  No.  All tickets are NON-TRANSFERABLE and will be assigned to specific individuals.  Adult ticket holders will be required to show government issued photo identification that matches the name on their ticket at the entrance to Yankee Stadium. Students will be required to show student identification cards.  All individuals entering the events will be subject to search by the United States Secret Service, the New York City Police Department, and/or the Yonkers Police Department.
  • What information do I need to provide as part of the ticket request process?  New York officials require applicants to provide legal name, address and date of birth.  We are also requesting information on applicant’s parish, phone and email to make it easy to distribute tickets and communicate with pilgrims.
  • What happens if I provide incomplete information?  Ticket requests with incomplete information will not be allocated tickets.    

Transportation Fee & Information

  • The Archdiocese of New York, in consultation with federal, state and local authorities in New York, has selected Charter Demand Transportation of New York as the exclusive transportation provider for this Papal Mass.  Only Charter Demand buses will be allowed access to Yankee Stadium parking lots. 
  • Why do we need to charge transportation fees?  Bus reservations and payments need to be made prior to the ticket lottery.  Therefore, to ensure that every Boston Catholic with a ticket to the Papal Mass has access to this official transportation, it is necessary to take a transportation fee at the time of the ticket request. 
    • What happens if I don’t get a ticket?  We regret that we may receive more requests than we can satisfy.  Deposits from any applicants that don’t receive tickets to the Papal Mass will be immediately refunded in their entirety to the credit card used to charge the $60 fee. 
    • What if I don’t want to take the bus?  Applicants whose requests for tickets are approved will have a reserved roundtrip seat on one of 60 Boston-to-New York roundtrip motorcoaches.  If attendees make other arrangements to get to New York, the deposit will not be able to be refunded.  This is the only way we can ensure that everyone granted a ticket for the Papal Mass in Yankee Stadium has direct transportation and easy access. 
  • Where will buses depart from?  Specific departure points will be selected after the 3,000 tickets are allocated.  The goal will be to have departure points that are within 15 minutes of most ticket holders’ homes, given the early departure and late return times.   
  • Are these deluxe buses?  Yes.  Charter Demand Transportation’s deluxe motor coaches come equipped with individual reclining seats, headrests and footrests, DVD and VCR and monitors, and with restrooms in the rear of the bus for your comfort.
  • Who is organizing the buses?  Boston Catholic Conferences, Inc. (BCC), the organizers of the Boston Catholic Men’s and Women’s Conferences, has been asked by Cardinal Sean to coordinate and organize the bus transportation.  BCC will work on the transportation logistics with Charter Demand Transportation, the exclusive transportation provider for the Papal Event.  This transportation provider is the only one allowed access by the Secret Service to Yankee Stadium for drop-offs. 
  • How do I pay the transportation fee?  After completing the online ticket request form below, applicants will be automatically taken to a page on the Boston Catholic Men’s and Women’s Conference website (http://www.catholicboston.com/) to charge the $60 bus fee per person on a credit card.  This site uses Paypal, a secure payment processor. 

Ticket Allocation Process

  • If the Archdiocese receives requests for more than our allocation of 3,000 tickets, there will be a lottery. 
  • Small orders may be given preference over larger orders so that we can ensure that Catholics from every part of the Archdiocese have a chance to participate in this Pilgrimage.  So we encourage Catholics to fill out the online ticket request form for 1-5 tickets. 
  • Online requests for up to 5 tickets will be considered as one order.  Either everyone or no one on that order will get tickets. 
  • Group requests may be proportioned down if we receive far more than 3,000 requests for tickets (e.g. a group of 50 may be granted only 10 tickets). 

Questions about the Ticket Request Process

  • Website: www.Boston200.org
  • Email: Boston200@gmail.com
  • Phone: 617-779-3700 (The Catholic Foundation)
  • Fax: 617-779-3721 (The Catholic Foundation)

Ticket Request Application

The ticket request process closed on February 11, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. Those who requested tickets will be notified in a few weeks if their ticket request has been granted.


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