Nebraska Reverses Mobile-Only Decision After Fan Outcry
Widespread pushback among its fan base led Nebraska to chance its mind regarding mobile-only ticketing, at least for the upcoming fall football season. Athletic Director Trev Alberts announced the decision via Twitter last week, bowing to fan demands that their right to receive a paper ticket and parking pass... Read more
Live Nation Earnings Show Live Events Industry in Midst of Recovery
Live Nation Entertainment’s second quarter 2021 earnings report came out this week, and it paints a picture of an industry in the midst of a strong recovery from the COVID pause, indicated by a 677% growth in revenue. Ticketmaster North America saw a headline-grabbing term, including pulling off its... Read more
Roger Goodell Confident for NFL Full Stadiums This Fall
With COVID-19 case rates causing concern, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell remained confident that stadiums would be full across the league this fall in an interview with NFL Network that aired over the weekend. “This year, we’re comfortable that local regulations are going to allow us to have fans at... Read more
Broadway to Require Proof of Vaccination, Masks for All Attendees
With concerns about rising coronavirus case numbers, Broadway theater owners and operators have announced that customers must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear masks to attend performances as shows reopen. The policy was already in place for the one currently open show – Springsteen on Broadway – but will... Read more
NFL Ticket Prices Have Jumped an Average of Nearly 70% From 2006
If you think that ticket prices for NFL contests have gotten a lot steeper, there’s a new study that backs those feelings up. According to the Action Network, season ticket prices for NFL games have gone up by an average of 68 percent when comparing 2021 prices to those... Read more
Ticket Summit On Track for Record-Shattering Attendance in August
After a 2020 that saw the ticketing and live events industry ground to a complete halt, Ticket Summit’s organizers weren’t sure what the new year would bring. Would venues and touring companies survive the long pause? Would vaccination allow for some events to get off the ground in 2021... Read more
Mobile-Only Ticketing Push Leaving Many Without Smartphones Behind
As live events return to some level of normal in the wake of COVID, one group appears to be utterly left out: consumers who do not have smartphones, and therefore can’t access mobile-only tickets. People like Brampton, Ontario resident Debbie Ervine, who will apparently be missing out on a... Read more
Oak View Group Selects Ticketmaster for Six Venues Opening Now-2023
Oak View Group announced a long-term partnership deal with Ticketmaster, going with the Live Nation Entertainment-owned company for the ticketing systems at six venues opening in 2021-2023. The buildings include New York’s UBS Arena, Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena, Austin’s Moody Center, Coachella Valley Arena in Palm Desert, California, Savannah... Read more
Tokyo 2020 Olympics Reverse Course, Ban Spectators Entirely
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will take place in 2021, but fans will no longer be a part of the atmosphere. Organizers announced the decision Thursday after local officials extended the state of emergency in the region through August 22, which will span the entirety of the Olympic schedule... Read more
Ticketmaster Resale Returns to Broker-Focused Conferences Despite Past Controversy
In 2018, Ticketmaster came under significant fire over reports detailing the company’s deep relationships with large-scale ticket resale operators. Its so-called “secret scalper program” brought scrutiny from public officials, condemnation from members of the public, and a number of lawsuits alleging that the largest ticketing operation in the world... Read more