Last week it was announced that Garth Brooks would be playing at the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. This news excited me since I grew up listening to country music and Garth has always been a favorite, even though I really am not a country music fan anymore. Even more exciting was the fact that tickets were only $62, including Stampede gate admission. That’s one helluva deal!
Since I was going out of town on Saturday when tickets were going onsale, I put my mom in charge of buying tickets. I knew it would be a popular show and we probably wouldn’t end up with the best seats, but I really wasn’t expecting the outcome.
The Saddledome completely sold out in 58 seconds. 58 SECONDS! Less than a minute! Ridiculous. As I was riding in the car with my boyfriend I was texting my mom for updates and scouring Facebook and Twitter, reading the outrage from so many people who were unable to get tickets. Of everyone I know on social media, one friend managed to score tickets. Just one person.
Then I started hearing about how fast tickets were on Stub Hub, a scalping site, and for the ridiculous prices they were going for. Within minutes tickets were showing up there for hundreds of dollars. There is something absolutely not right about that.
To me it seems that either scalpers have rigged their computers to be ridiculously faster than normal people’s computers so they can scoop up all the seats to make a pretty penny, or that Ticketmaster has some sort of secret deal with Stub Hub. I realize that there were only a few thousand tickets available and probably more than a few thousand fans hoping to get tickets. I get that the show would have sold out incredibly fast regardless. But that fast and with that many scalped tickets for sale so soon afterwards?
It’s sad that the true music fans barely got a chance to see what could be a once in a lifetime show. Instead some loser with no time is making a quick buck or some big name corporation has a shady conspiracy going on, to make an even bigger buck. Seems to me Ticketmaster may not have been happy with such a low price being set for this show, they decided to sell an abundance of tickets to their little friends at Stub Hub, who will sell them for hundreds, if not thousands more dollars.
It leaves me in an awkward place. I hate that I have to support a company that is no longer about the music and the concert experience, but is now just about the money. But when they’re the only major ticket company, what choice do I have? Especially since I’m such the concert junkie.
What concert were you unable to get tickets for that really disappointed you?
Do you think Ticketmaster has a secret deal with the scalping site Stub Hub?