Springsteen's L.A. tickets hit resale markets; second date added
The return of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to Los Angeles was met with the expected high demand, both from fans and those looking to resell their tickets on secondary markets. A second L.A. date at the Sports Arena was added after an April 26 date, which went on sale at 10 a.m., quickly sold out. Tickets for an April 27 performance will go on sale today at 1 p.m.
The Sports Arena tickets are priced at $68 and $98, not including added fees, which bring the tickets up to $78.55 and $112.35, respectively. A spokesman for Nederlander Concerts, one of the show's promoters, couldn't answer how quickly the April 26 show sold-out, but more than 800 were soon available on resale site StubHub and an additional few hundred, including Ticketmaster's paperless tickets, could be found on sites such as NoHiddenFeesTickets.com.
A portion of tickets for the L.A. dates on Springsteen's tour, in support of his March 6 "Wrecking Ball" album, are paperless, meaning fans will have to present the credit card used to purchase the tickets for entry. A Ticketmaster spokeswoman said the paperless seats, which have a four-ticket limit, are reserved for the "best seats" in the house. Some of the paperless seats listed on the secondary market are already going for more than $1,100.
Those seeking to buy tickets other than paperless are granted a higher limit of six tickets. Those looking for general admission floor seats are held to two tickets apiece.
Ticket resellers such as StubHub, under the guise of its "Fan Freedom Project," oppose paperless tickets, arguing they limit the ability to gift the tickets or enter the venue without the whole party present. They also force ticket resellers to meet fans at the venue and enter the stadium with the buying party, and then swap tickets once inside.
Ticketmaster has already warned fans that the Springsteen tour would be one that the resale market would have high designs on. After initial Springsteen dates went on sale, Ticketmaster issued a statement that said its site was flooded with perhaps malicious traffic.
"Early indications suggest that much of this traffic came from highly suspicious sources, implying that scalpers were using sophisticated computer programs to assault our systems and secure tickets with the sole intention of selling them in the resale market," read the statement.
Springseen's fans have been posting their war stories on the artist's official Facebook page. "I got online at 10 sharp and got two of the worst tickets possible," wrote one fan. "But sure enough plenty of great ones on Stub Hub at 10:15. Absolutely criminal!"
-- Todd Martens
Photo: Bruce Springsteen performs at the Sports Arena in 2009. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times