November 23, 2009

U2 sells out in 2 hours

Source: Star Tribune


U2 tickets for TCF Stadium gig gone in two hours

U2's concert at TCF Bank Stadium sold out in a hurry, leaving many fans unhappy with the procedures.

Last update: November 21, 2009 - 9:39 PM

People hoping to score tickets for U2's Twin Cities concert next summer most likely still haven't found what they're looking for.

Tickets for the concert at TCF Bank Stadium went on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. Within minutes, only single seats were available at the websites of the merged ticket brokers Live Nation and Ticketmaster. It was sold out within two hours.

Dozens of U2 fans vented their frustrations on the Star Trib
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une's website, most often angry at commercial ticket brokers who routinely scoop up large numbers of tickets and resell them at a premium.

They railed about the 2007 state law that legalized ticket scalping in Minnesota, saying it keeps affordable tickets out of the hands of individual buyers.

Last year, state officials tried to come to music fans' aid by creating the "Hannah Montana" law that makes it illegal to use software that allows buyers to jump to the front of the online queue to buy up huge blocks of tickets.

Although the websites operated by Ticketmaster and Live Nation employ security measures intended to block ticket-buying robots known as "bots," it's not clear how effective they were Saturday.

Tickets ranged in price from $250 to $95, $55 and $30, plus fees.

Additional tickets were set aside by the University of Minnesota in pre-sale bundles for students and season ticket-holders to all Gophers teams.

The new stadium holds about 50,000 people for football games, and thousands more will be on the field for the June 27 concert.

The Hannah Montana law was inspired by her 2007 concert at Target Center that almost instantaneously sold out; at the same time, online resellers were offering tickets for $1,000 or more.

It was followed up this year with the "Bruce Springsteen law" that makes it a misdemeanor for a ticket seller to divert tickets from the initial public sale to a secondary seller, unless authorized by the event or venue.
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1 comment:

  1. I'm one of the very very very unhappy fans.... It's so unfair... I was pushing the refresh button since 9 am that morning... and I couldn't buy 2 GA tickets... I won't pay double price for my tickets... it's un fair...
    Thanks God I saw the concert in Chicago but... I live in Minneapolis!!!!