MINNEAPOLIS - Adele, Beyoncé and Metallica. All popular artists who performed in the Twin Cities within the last year.
But for every concert, there were reports that fans had a tough time finding fair ticket prices. And it’s happening again.
This time, some U2 fans are discovering nosebleed seats at U.S. Bank stadium cost more than $150. Tickets went on sale Monday.
The band will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their classic album, Joshua Tree. The tour stops at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sept. 8.
John Breyault, Vice President of Public Policy and Fraud for the National Consumers League, says fewer tickets are on sale.
“You often see less than half of the tickets are ever made available to the public. Those tickets are diverted to the fan clubs, to promoters or sometimes even directly to scalpers on the secondary market,” Breyault said. “We think that that is a problem because that is not always fair to consumers. If they are going to a venue that has many thousands of seats, they think they have a shot but in fact they may only have a shot at a small fraction.”
Breyault says there are ways to increase chances of buying a reasonably priced ticket. For example, he suggests purchasing tickets at the box office, going solo, or joining a fan club of the band. He says sitting alone gets you a better seat at a lower price. He also says tickets often go on sale before the public sale starts.
“Join a fan club for band. Often, presales are made available,” he said. “Also, look to see if your credit card company offers band access to tickets as part of their rewards program.”
Meanwhile, his organization is working with other advocacy groups to fight for fair deals for fans.
“The promoters don’t say how many tickets are available,” he said. “That is something we want state legislatures and lawmakers in Minnesota to look at. We haven’t had success at getting the law on the books in Minnesota. We have had success in states like New York, Colorado, Virginia and at the federal level as well.”