Tag: Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster’s New Tool for Reduced Seating

Ticketmaster has developed a new social distance seating tool to help sports and entertainment venues navigate the process for selling tickets for events with reduced capacity during the pandemic.

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Prague’s Fórum Karlín Signs With Ticketmaster

Current COVID-19 restrictions have arena operating in ‘club’ format The 4,000-capacity Fórum Karlín in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, has signed Ticketmaster Česká republika as ticket supplier and operator. Starting this month, tickets for all newly announced events presented at the multipurpose building will be sold via Ticketmaster, including shows such as Thom Yorke, Michael Kiwanuka, Nick Mason, Patti Smith, The Neighbourhood and Yes. Ticketmaster’s knowledge of the arena space will help with Fórum Karlín’s ambitions of becoming “a pioneer in digital ticketing and live entertainment, with the aim to soon become the first Net Zero Carbon venue of the Czech Republic,” according to the announcement. VenuesNow reached out to venue CEO Serge Grimaux to find out about COVID-19 regulations in the country and their effect on the Fórum Karlín. Until about two weeks ago, the arena was limited to 1,000 people in one demarcated area, Grimaux said. Then […]

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INTIX Quarterly: Big Deals

TICKET TAKEOVER: Viagogo Entertainment is buying StubHub from eBay. (Getty Images) New developments hold the potential to greatly alter the ticketing business Live event ticketing saw more than its fair share of potentially game-changing news in the waning weeks of 2019 — a Dec. 13 report in The Wall Street Journal that the U.S. Department of Justice was preparing to bring enforcement action against Live Nation Entertainment Inc. over the company’s handling of its Ticketmaster subsidiary and the news less than a week later that a settlement had been reached with the extension through 2025 of a consent decree that allowed the companies to merge being just the latest. The late November announcement that Switzerland-based Viagogo Entertainment Inc. is moving to acquire StubHub from eBay for upwards of $4 billion is another major development if the deal gets federal approval. The merged company would create an international ticketing behemoth with Viagogo […]

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Ticketing Star Awards: Steve Weydig

Senior vice president of client support, Ticketmaster North America. (Courtesy Steve Weydig) Face of SafeTix Steve Weydig, a 21-year veteran of Ticketmaster, was the point man for the rollout of SafeTix in NFL stadiums this year, an undertaking that involved more than 300 employees on 35 internal teams. More than 3.5 million fans have used SafeTix to enter NFL games this year, thanks to Weydig, who was instrumental in developing the product to the specifications of Ticketmaster’s clients.  “I was the conduit for taking that feedback and discussion points and bringing it to our product development team,” said the Buffalo-based Weydig, who was at the forefront of the product’s mapping, helping design it in order to take it to market. “We wanted to create efficient entry practices for both the fan, the gate staff and the venue operators.” SafeTix was developed as a way to reduce fraud, offering a more […]

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O2 Arena Prague Signs Ticketmaster to Exclusive Deal

Agreement boosts ticketer’s profile in Czech Republic Starting from this month, Ticketmaster will handle all tickets for coming events at O2 Arena in Prague. Th 18,000-capacity multipurpose venue hosts concerts, sports fixtures and other forms of live entertainment. It’s the home arena of ice hockey team HC Sparta Praha. The building opened in 2004 to host the IIHF World Championships. In 2019, the arena welcomed it 10 millionth visitor. A smaller multipurpose space next to the arena, called O2 Universum, is scheduled to open its doors in September. The venue will host sports and concerts but also operate as a congress center for corporate events  with up to 10,000 visitors. Ticketmaster launched in the Czech Republic two years ago by acquiring local ticketing agency Ticketpro. In a statement, Simona Matějková, managing director of Ticketmaster Czech Republic, called the new partnership  “a significant moment in our development.” Coming concerts include Billie […]

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Ticketmaster Showcases Tech at Summit

To a “T”: Ticketmaster President Jared Smith on stage at the Ticketmaster Sports Summit earlier this week. (Courtesy Ticketmaster) Presence suite of offerings, along with acquisitions Blink and Upgraded, get featured roles “We’re now more a technology company that just happens to sell tickets,” said Ticketmaster Chief Product Officer Justin Burleigh, demonstrating what he dubs “an immersive 3D shopping experience for stadium seating” on his iPad that gave a 360-degree view of each venue via virtual scans resembling Google Maps. It took place June 25-26 at the company’s Sports Summit 2019, where the motto — “Live only happens once” — highlighted not only the experiential aspect of attending an arena sports or music event but also the increasing importance of the ticket purchase in the live entertainment food chain. Ticketmaster highlighted several product innovations at the event, where more than 700 attendees — from venue operators, local promoters, team executives […]

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