Eric Church Uncovers Ticket Scalpers’ Shocking, Sneaky Tactics
Back in February, Eric Church first expressed his frustrations with ticket scalpers, telling Billboard, "Scalpers piss me off. We tried to make our tickets very accessible to fans, we kept the ticket prices low. What we didn’t count on was all these big ticket brokers would join our fan club, infiltrate our system, take advantage of our system and buy up all these tickets.”
The outspoken country singer is still waging the battle against ticket scalper's predatory practices, but Church has now taken the fight to a higher platform, partnering with Nashville-based television station WTVF to uncover the surprising legal practices of ticket scalpers.
What the station uncovered is shocking, proving that the odds are stacked considerably against fans hoping for the best seats in the house when buying concert tickets. Of the 14,000 seats sold for Church's show at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, 495 were purchased by parties in California, 353 to Massachusetts and 248 to New York. Parties in 41 separate states purchased tickets for the concert, with a single scalper in North Carolina acquiring at least 175 tickets.
It was found that 75 percent of the floor seats for this particular stop had been purchased by professional scalpers. "Real fans are getting beat to the punch when tickets go on sale," Church's manager, Fielding Logan, tells WTVF. "They are there trying to buy tickets at the price we set and they are getting beat out."
As Church explained to Billboard, venues will "sell out" but there will still be tickets available online -- but through scalpers. "Now, at a lot of these buildings that are selling out, there's 500-600 tickets left to sell, and we don't have any of 'em. Ticket brokers are [asking] $200, $300, $400 a ticket," he says. "It penalizes the fans; that was gonna be their pit ticket, their front row ticket."
Even with the legal measures scalpers are using to obtain concert tickets, many are also using illegal tactics to cheat fans out of prized concert real estate. Ticketmaster is able provide data that shows unknown sources using an automated system to purchase tickets. This system, which is illegal in Tennessee, bypasses the security protocols of ticketing websites, and gives predatory parties the upper-hand in purchasing seats.
There is no word on either or not Church and has camp plan on taking legal action to uncover the sources of the illegal practices of ticket scalpers, but the 'Springsteen' singer does plan to continue touring the country in support of his latest album, 'Chief.'
The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour will keep the singer busy for a majority of the summer. Click here for tour dates and ticket information.