BUSINESS NEWS: Mission Ballroom Cancels Hundreds of Tame Impala Ticket Purchases, Alleging Fraud
By: Jaclyn Allen, The Denver Channel 7 | Denver’s new Mission Ballroom wanted to stand up to scalpers, but quickly found that may be easier said than done.
Just ask anyone who tried to buy tickets to the upcoming Tame Impala show, which sold out in seconds. Many tickets immediately ended up on aftermarket sites at sky-high mark-ups.
Earlier this year, the city’s newest concert venue had what seemed like a great idea.
“It’s a random system where everyone gets an equal chance at a ticket,” said Chuck Morris, CEO of AEG Presents Rocky Mountain Region.
No more scalpers. No more bots. A ticket lottery would level the playing field for fans.
“We’re pretty sure it’s going to work great,” Morris said.
Fast forward to today, when fans are saying it didn’t work great.
Michael Gradis tried to buy tickets last Thursday for his favorite psychedelic rock band, Tame Impala, but they were instantly sold out. So, he quickly searched resale.
“They were, gosh, doubled, almost tripled, in price and the only difference was a couple seconds,” he said.
Instead of paying $65 for general admission, Michael paid $160 on the aftermarket, exactly what Mission Ballroom tried to prevent from happening.
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