Eric Church is actively battling ticket scalping on his upcoming tour, including canceling orders for almost 1,000 tickets apparently purchased for resale to his Sept. 16 show in Minneapolis.
More than 14,000 tickets have been sold for the concert at Target Center. As of Friday morning (April 25), the only remaining seats were located in the upper levels directly behind the stage.
After determining that 902 of the tickets were identified as being purchased by scalpers who were in violation of the sales limits of the show, those tickets are being canceled and will be available for sale Friday at 5 p.m. CT.
Scalpers purchase prime seats at entertainment and sporting events and sell them later at prices that are generally well above a ticket's face value. Consequently, die-hard fans are often faced with the choice of paying scalpers a premium for tickets or simply not attending a sold-out show.
"A lot of acts just want to sell as many tickets as they can, and they don't care who they sell them to," Church said. "I want my fans to be the ones who buy tickets to my shows, and I want scalpers to back off. I can't stop ticket scalpers completely, but I can definitely make it harder for them."
All ticket orders for Church's tour will be closely scrutinized to avoid scalping. Tickets to his Minneapolis concert are being offered for as much as $847 on one ticket broker's website.
Church's tour, which features special guest Dwight Yoakam, kicks off Sept. 11 in Bossier City, La. Opening acts for individual dates of the first leg of the tour include Brothers Osborne, Brandy Clark and Halestorm.