August 1, 1992 |
A ticket mess that underlies all those empty seats at Olympic events is giving planners here a double case of embarrassment, but help may be on the way. Officially, attendance has been higher than it was four years ago in Seoul. But cameras don't lie. One event after another in the opening week has unfolded to yawning rows of seats in stadiums and arenas that in many cases were reported sold out months ago.
April 10, 1992 |
So much for trying to beat the scalpers. Despite elaborate efforts to thwart scalping at U2's upcoming Los Angeles Sports Arena shows, prime seats are being sold by independent brokers for as much as $1,200 each. That's 48 times the tickets' $25 face value--double what brokers got for seats to Madonna's 1990 concerts at the same arena, the previous ticket high in Los Angeles.
March 23, 1992 |
It is almost impossible to purchase a ticket at face value to a concert anywhere in Southern California these days--even if you do not shop at a broker. Why do concert tickets so frequently end up costing more than the advertised price? Sellers add a variety of service fees, which profit the ticket agency handling the transaction and the venue staging the event. Take the March 31 environmental benefit, "Concert for Walden Woods," at the Universal Amphitheatre.
March 23, 1992 |
Twenty-five-dollar tickets for Irish rock sensation U2's first Southern California concerts in five years will go on sale tonight at 7. But chances are you will not get one. And if you do, you could wind up paying a ticket broker as much as $600 for it. Demand is so high for seats at the band's two shows at the 16,000-seat Los Angeles Sports Arena on April 12 and 13 that they could sell out in the time it takes to read this article. U2's "ZOO TV" tour is the hottest rock show of the year.
February 10, 1992 |
Jerry Adelman can't understand why organizers of the Academy Awards are upset with him just because he wants to sell tickets to this year's glamorous Oscar telecast at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. "It's fun to go sit next to Jack Nicholson and the other stars," said Adelman, president of Murray's Tickets, a commercial ticket broker in Los Angeles.
January 30, 1992 |
It's the hottest ticket in town--yellow scraps of paper that read: "COURTROOM PASS--Public Seating." "You got one of these, you got something that's really hard to get," said Lorne Hill of Indianapolis, who works nights at a bank, processing checks. His pass was one of 17 issued to spectators for Wednesday's session of the Mike Tyson rape trial. "I stood in line here for four hours here yesterday starting at 6:30 a.m.
June 15, 1991 |
Caught in a cross-fire between promoters of rock concerts and independent agents who resell tickets at super-inflated prices, the Senate reversed itself Friday and narrowly approved a heavily lobbied bill to put scalpers in jail or out of business. The bill, supported by rock music impresario Bill Graham, was defeated last week, with 12 votes for and 15 against. But Sen.
April 16, 1991 |
Barry's Ticket Service is under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department for possible criminal violation of state commercial bribery and computer crime statutes. The probe--sparked by a $1-million "fraud and unfair business practices" lawsuit filed against Barry's by Ticketmaster accusing the Encino broker of bribing a Ticketmaster employee to gain unlawful access to choice seats--is believed to be the first involving a Southland ticket broker.
April 11, 1991 |
How do ticket brokers--the legal middlemen who sell concert and sporting event tickets at sometimes 20 times face value--always seem to have the best seats in the house? The California Assn. of Ticket Agencies, an organization that represents about two dozen of these firms in the Southland, maintains that brokers purchase choice seat locations from season ticket holders and/or from people hired to stand in line at box offices when events go on sale.