Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, who hold the record as the top-selling artist at New Jersey’s Meadowlands complex (Izod Center and Giants Stadium) with 56 sold-out concerts, told the crowd at his May 21 concert at Izod Center, that he will return in the fall as the last major music act to play Giants Stadium before its demolition.
Springsteen and company will leave their final mark with three concerts on September 30 and October 2-3. Tickets go on sale June 1.
Giants Stadium will be demolished following the 2009 football season and be replaced by a new one.
For Springsteen, his current tour and sold-out shows last night and tomorrow, May 23 at the Izod Center, the year has been a rollercoaster ride.
When tickets went on sale earlier this year, huge consumer outcry erupted over the way Ticketmaster handled the ticket onsale, as ticket buyers were allegedly redirected to TicketsNow, Ticketmaster’s secondary market site where tickets sell for a premium. This action prompted an investigation by the state’s attorney general that resulted in Ticketmaster paying a $350,000 settlement over investigative, attorney and administrative fees and a vow to support New Jersey consumer protection initiatives. Ticketmaster, which did not admit any wrongdoing, also refunded the difference people paid who bought tickets from TicketsNow at a higher price.
The settlement also called for a random drawing for 1,000 consumers who filed complaints against Ticketmaster to buy two tickets each to one of Springsteen’s Izod Center shows. Consumers who filed complaints but were not chosen in the drawing received a $100 Ticketmaster gift certificate and the opportunity to buy Springsteen tickets for a future New Jersey performance, which will now be this fall at Giants Stadium.