Ticketmaster Walks Back COVID Requirements After Fierce Backlash
A report on Ticketmaster’s purported plans to tie event access to personal health data set the company into damage control mode over the weekend. The Live Nation Entertainment-owned giant issued “clarifications” over the policy, which drew sharp criticism from some who viewed it as invasive and rife for potential... Read more
NCAA Announces Single Location March Madness 2021 Tournament
Due to the logistical problems presented by the shifting status of various regions and COVID status, the NCAA has decided to hold its NCAA men’s basketball tournament in one location for 2021. March Madness, which generates enormous revenue from both TV deals and ticket sales for the NCAA, was... Read more
Cleveland Cavaliers, Rocket Mortgage Field House Sign With SeatGeek
SeatGeek will be the new ticketing provider for Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and its tenants including the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, announcing the partnership Thursday. The deal will include SeatGeek’s deployment of its ticketing technology at both the Cleveland venue and nearby Canton Civic Center. Beyond the Cavaliers, the deal includes... Read more
NBA Players Approve Plans for December 22 Start, 72 Game Season
NBA management has reportedly come to an agreement with its players to start the 2020-21 season just before the holidays. After a pandemic-delayed 2019-20 season ended with the Los Angeles Lakers taking home the title in September, the league will be back in action on December 22, with plans... Read more
ESPN Announces Plans for 13 Bowls, With Four Pushed to 2021
With the college football season in full swing, ESPN has revealed its plans for the 2020 bowl season, at least related to the properties it operates. The Connecticut-based broadcaster announced a slate of 13 bowl games planned for dates beginning on Saturday, December 19 with the Tropical Smoothie Cafe... Read more
Kentucky Derby Plans May Date, Reduced Capacity For 2021
After running its 2020 edition in September due to the coronavirus, the Kentucky Derby will be back to its normal date in early May for 2021. But, organizers are planning for coronavirus-related restrictions to be in place for that time span, and are therefore limiting ticket sales to between... Read more
Ticketmaster Rebrands Anti-Resale Tech For COVID Safety
Ticketmaster this week announced its SmartEvent suite of ticketing technology, essentially rebranding existing anti-resale products as useful for event operators looking to reopen with coronavirus safety measures in mind. Packaged together in SmartEvent are tools designed to allow for varying capacity rules, distancing needs, and data harvesting able to... Read more
Detroit Lions to Host 500 Fans Sunday in 2020 First
A limited number of fans will be allowed into Detroit’s Ford Field for Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, a first for the team in 2020. Just 500 fans will be allowed in for the game, due in large part to strict attendance restrictions put in place due to... Read more
Allegiant Stadium Opens to Fans Saturday with “Sold Out” Crowd
A football game between UNLV and Nevada will take the place of a Garth Brooks concert and a Raiders home opener as the public opening of Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Saturday’s game is sold out, though the crowd is limited to fewer than 2,000 fans due to restrictions... Read more
Report: Super Bowl Attendance May Be Limited to 20 Percent of Capacity
Super Bowl LV may see its crowd numbers limited to 20 percent of stadium capacity, according to a tweet by ESPN reporter Adam Schefter Wednesday afternoon. The game is scheduled for February 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. This is the first report indicating that the Super... Read more