San Francisco officials rejected the Golden State Warriors plan to open the season allowing up to 50 percent capacity at Chase Center, deeming the plan too risky as COVID cases spike across the country. The team had plans to use rapid PCR COVID tests to screen fans on their way in, but the city health commissioner Dr. Tomas Aragon would not sign off. The 2020-21 NBA season is set to open on December 22, with plans for a 72-game regular season played at home arenas. The 2019-20 season, brought to an abrupt halt in March by the rapid escalation of the pandemic, finished by playing out its schedule and playoffs in Orlando using a “bubble” format. In its plans to open safely, Golden State pitched the idea of providing home testing kits for season ticket members. Prior to each game, they would submit their sample for testing, and receive a result prior to leaving the house before a game. Onsite testing would be available for non season ticket holders, such as consumers purchasing tickets through secondary markets. Similar thoughts have been put out by other event organizers, with Wynn Resorts planning an onsite testing lab for Las Vegas . “They’d have the answer back before they left their house. And so for a handful of people who would show up at the gate, who were given tickets or who got them through StubHub or something, they would have on site testing for that. But you don’t want to create those really long lines, you want to be able to bring the largest number of people in right away and not have them backed up outside,” says Dr. George Rutherford, a UCSF epidemiologist who worked with the team on the proposed plan. Case rates in San Francisco have skyrocketed in recent weeks, causing pauses on existing reopening plans and a pullback from some sectors that had already been reopened . That reality was behind the decision not to allow the Warriors to open as hoped for the time being, though Rutherford said the team was informed an opening at 25 percent capacity would be considered once the spike subsides. “The science is dependent on having a relatively low rate on the outside; that actually adds an extra additional layer of protection. With the surging rates on the outside, it was Dr. Aragon’s judgement – and I don’t disagree with it – that this wasn’t the right time,” he said. “They haven’t said no forever and ever, they’ve said no for right now. At least that’s my understanding. So I think we may be able to come back as we turn the corner on the curve.” The post San Francisco Shuts Down Golden State Plan for Reopening at 50 Percent appeared first on TicketNews .
After watching Ticketmaster refute a report that it would be tying access to events to consumer personal health data following a blistering negative reaction, AXS boss Bryan Perez says his company isn’t planning to do so either. The company is searching for any way that it can improve fan safety while COVID continues to rage, but doesn’t believe the path to safety involves requiring that invasive of a ticketing ecosystem, since it would be near-impossible to implement even if consumers were willing to accept it. “We’re not headed down that path right now,” Perez told Rolling Stone last week . He elaborated that the patchwork of local and state regulations that define what events can be held and how access is managed would make it difficult for a national operation to sort out in practice. “And then we feel like there needs to be, in some respects, a clearing house for the types of tests you administer, because not everybody accepts every type of test,” he adds. Ticketmaster reportedly was considering a system that would repurpose its SafeTix anti-resale system to lock fans into mobile-only tickets to restrict transfer rights. Then the company would require opt-in for third-party health information access to its digital platforms, which would then allow verification of whether or not consumers had received a COVID vaccine, or had a negative test result within a window of time prior to an event. The privacy and consumer rights questions caused an immediate backlash, one severe enough for Ticketmaster to say it had no intention of unveiling such a program – though it did indicate that event organizer partners could put such requirements in place. And, less than a week after its refutation of the story, Dave Chappelle shows in Houston at a Live Nation venue required fans show a negative COVID test to attend . It is unclear whether or not AXS had any designs on implementing such a privacy-shredding system of its own prior to the Ticketmaster backlash. But it is clear that the company wanted to distance itself from the concept after the negative headlines slamming its primary competitor flooded newsfeeds last week. “It’s not entirely clear if [ticketing companies] are the best suited to be in that game,” Perez said. Even if a customer gets a negative test result, it doesn’t always mean it’s accurate. “We haven’t been convinced that it’s effective from a safety standpoint,” Perez says. “People can get infected in the last 48 hours. People can get false negatives. And to the extent that it’s not coupled with additional safety restrictions, we think there’s a lot of risk involved. You want to fill a building with 10,000 people without any kind of physical distancing because you believe that you’ve gotten everything under control with testing? You don’t.” As COVID cases spike nationwide in the predicted fall surge, many restrictions are returning to live event access after some were loosened after the initial case spikes in the spring and summer. But news of successful vaccine trials being readied for consumer distribution have stoked hopes of a return to a much more robust live entertainment space safely in 2021. The post AXS Head Says Tickets Shouldn’t be Tied to Consumer COVID Status appeared first on TicketNews .
SeatGeek will be the primary ticketing agency for the Houston Dynamo FC, Houston Dash, and BBCA Stadium, beginning with the 2021 season. The announcement was published on Thursday, the second announcement of a high profile primary ticketing deal for SeatGeek in as many weeks, coming on the heels of the company signing up the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and their home arena of Rocket Mortgage Field House. The Dynamo and Dash join SeatGeek’s already robust lineup of soccer franchises, which includes the Portland Timbers, Portland Thorns, Sporting Kansas City, Austin FC, and Major League Soccer as a whole. Oveseas, SeatGeek is also the majority ticketer for the English Premier League, including iconic franchises Liverpool F.C. and Manchester City F.C. The Dynamo and Dash play in the MLS and National Women’s Soccer League, respectively. “The digital innovation and fan-first focus offered by SeatGeek aligned perfectly with our recent rebrand vision and that is creating the best experience for our fans, supporters, and guests of BBVA Stadium”, said Dionna Widder, Chief Revenue Officer, Houston Dynamo FC. “SeatGeek’s commitment to creating an innovative, fan-friendly ticketing experience is where we want to take our clubs heading into next year.” SeatGeek’s “progressive, innovative approach” to digital ticketing won it Houston’s business, according to the announcement. SeatGeek will allow Houston fans and BBVA patrons to access an enhanced and seamless digital ticketing interface that will allow for touchless entry to the stadium. It will include the implementation of SeatGeek Adapt, which is designed to allow for COVID-safe policies like touchless entry and staggered entry times before games or other events. “We couldn’t be happier to work with Houston Dynamo FC to support their goal of bringing an easier and more seamless ticketing experience to their fans,” said Paulo Cunha, President, Consumer at SeatGeek. “Soccer is such an important sport for SeatGeek as we expand our partnership roster and we’re excited to team up with one of the more forward-thinking MLS clubs out there.” SeatGeek has made substantial inroads in the primary ticketing market in recent years, mostly springboarding from its start with MLS franchises. The marketplace also holds primary ticketing contracts with the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans as well as the Dallas Cowboys. Information for current Dynamo or Dash ticket members is available at the Dynamo website . The post Houston Dynamo FC, Dash, BBVA Stadium Sign With SeatGeek appeared first on TicketNews .
Lindsey Buckingham is the latest artist to jump on the livestream train, announcing a performance from his home studio to air on December 5 . The former Fleetwood Mac guitarist and songwriter is planning a short, personal show for his fans. “I’ve been laying low just like everybody else, and I haven’t seen any of you for a while,” Buckingham told fans in a Facebook video announcing the concert earlier this month. “You can all watch it from the comfort of your own homes.” The set is planned for an 8:30 start and will run approximately 45 minutes. Tickets start at $15, and will include access to the performance for up to 48 hours following the live airing. Add-on options include a VIP Q&A package and exclusive merchandise for the performance. Plans for Lindsey Buckingham in 2020 included a solo tour , which would have been his first outing since suffering a heart attack in 2019 that resulted in damaged vocal cords. That stretch, which was to have begun on April 25 at the Smith Center in Las Vegas, were scuttled by the COVID pandemic. From 1975 to 1987 and again from 1997-2018, Lindsey Buckingham was one of the creative forces behind Fleetwood Mac, which was one of the top-selling groups of all-time. He and then-partner Stevie Nicks joined the band together, helping spark the group to the pinnacle of rock music. Rumours, which featured numerous songs penned by Buckingham and Nicks, became one of the best-selling albums of all time. Buckingham departed the band in 1987 to focus on solo work, but rejoined a decade later as the group embarked on a hugely successful reunion tour. He participated with the group while continuing to produce additional work until he was fired in 2018 during a dispute over planned touring. Tickets for the December 5 Lindsey Buckingham performance are available here . The post Lindsey Buckingham Plans Livestream Performance December 5 appeared first on TicketNews .
A survey conducted by Seton Hall University’s Sharkey Institute showed that a majority of Americans are hesitant to attend events in-person until there is a COVID vaccine. Two thirds said they would not attend an indoor event prior to a vaccine, regardless of social distancing measures in place. Slightly fewer – 58 percent – indicated they were not interested in attending outdoor events before a vaccine is widely available. According to ESPN, the survey collected information from 1.506 adults across the United States. Responses were taken from November 13-16, shortly after Pfizer announced promising early results for its potential COVID vaccine . Since that time, Moderna also announced promising vaccine results , fueling hopes of a safe return to large-scale events in 2021. The numbers were “awful numbers to ponder” for those in the live event and entertainment segments of the economy, according to Charles Grantham, who runs the department at Seton Hall that conducted the polls. Numbers were slightly higher than a similar poll conducted in April of this year, but reflect a hesitance on the part of a large proportion of people who fear large crowds even with protective measures in place. “The recent news of vaccine breakthroughs has got to be enormously uplifting to those in the business of selling tickets, be it sports or entertainment,” Grantham says. Officials in many states have allowed attendance at some events in recent months, though capacity has been strictly limited and social distancing and hygiene measures have been in place throughout. A study by scientists in Germany found that ventilation combined with social distancing and hygiene can make even indoor performances relatively safe for attendees even without a vaccine, but the survey shows that many plan to wait until vaccinations are widespread before getting back to arenas and other venues. The full press release of the survey findings from Seton Hall is included below : 67 Percent of Americans Say No to Indoor Sporting Events Without Vaccine South Orange NJ, November 18, 2020 — Even masked, wearing personal protective equipment and socially distanced, 67 percent of Americans surveyed said they would not attend an indoor sporting event without the availability of a vaccine for COVID-19. Fifty-eight percent said they would not attend an outdoor event under the same circumstances. Only 21 percent said they would attend an indoor sporting event, with 12 percent saying they did not know or had no opinion; for outdoor events the number of those who said they would attend with PPE and social distancing rose to 28 percent with 14 percent saying they did not know or had no opinion. These were the findings of a Seton Hall Sports Poll conducted November 13-16 among 1,506 American adults, geographically spread across the country. The Poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percent. A Seton Hall Sports Poll in April of this year, which received widespread international attention and combined indoor and outdoor events, found that 72 percent would not attend these events without access to a vaccine. The poll in April also found that 61 percent of those who described themselves as sports fans said they would not attend. In this most recent poll, 60 percent of those who described themselves as sports fans said they would not attend indoor events, while 50 percent said they would not attend outdoor events. “The recent news of vaccine breakthroughs has got to be enormously uplifting to those in the business of selling tickets, be it sports or entertainment,” said Professor Charles Grantham, Director of the Center for Sport Management within the Stillman School of Business, which oversees the Seton Hall Sports Poll. “Even though the percentages who would not attend have improved since the spring and the onset of the pandemic, these are just awful numbers to ponder.” Stillman Professor of Marketing and Poll Methodologist Daniel Ladik agreed, “The Pfizer announcement of an imminent and efficacious vaccine was widely published prior to our polling and is presumably reflected in these numbers. An eager nation of sports fans awaits.” People with Children More Likely to Attend Events Interestingly, and perhaps related to school and youth athletic events, the number of those who would attend sporting events with PPE and social distancing was greater for those with children under the age of 18. Only 49 percent of these parents said they would not attend outdoor events (compared to 58 percent of the overall population); and 60 percent said they would not attend indoor events (compared to 67 percent overall). Do Fans in the Stands (Virtual or Otherwise) Make a Difference? Noting that some professional and college sporting events have allowed fans with limited capacity, the poll also asked whether or not fans in the stands under these circumstances provide an advantage for the home team. Whereas 43 percent of the overall population said they believed the presence of fans provided a “home team advantage,” 53 percent of those who described themselves as sports fans said it did. In addition, respondents were also asked whether “virtual fans” in stadiums, arenas and TV broadcasts were a good replacement for actual fans. Among the general population, 27 percent felt they were; 26 percent thought they weren’t even noticeable; 11 percent thought they were a distraction; and 36 percent did not know or had no opinion. Self-described sports fans looked more favorably upon the virtual fans, with 35 percent saying they were a good replacement and 13 percent thinking that they were a distraction. Among the subset of those who described themselves as “avid sports fans,” the number who thought virtual fans were a good replacement was higher (by double digits) than that of sports fans in general. Is this an Asterisk Season? Asked to think about the impact of COVID-19 on sports in 2020 (shortened seasons, changes in game formats, etc.) respondents were asked whether or not this year’s champions in professional baseball (Los Angeles Dodgers), basketball (Los Angeles Lakers) and hockey (Tampa Bay Lightning) were “less deserving” than the champions of previous years. Among sports fans, 27 percent thought the Dodgers were less deserving; 31 percent thought the Lakers were less deserving; and 24 percent thought the Lightning were so. Among the smaller subset that described themselves as “avid sports fans,” the number that thought of the teams as less deserving was even higher (by a double digit margin in each case). “Although many of the leagues tried admirably to salvage their seasons when most thought they would be lost, it’s obvious from these findings that the public has some doubts and concerns,” said Grantham, former executive director of the National Basketball Players Association. “It will be interesting to see how the leagues — and fans — adjust moving forward.” The post Fans Hesitant to Attend Games Without COVID Vaccine: Survey appeared first on TicketNews .
Guns N’ Roses announced n ew stadium dates in Australia and New Zealand for November of 2021, declaring on its website that “stadium rock is back!” The dates join several already rescheduled performances by the band in Europe and North America from 2020, which currently begin with a June 2 performance at Passeio Martimo De Alges in Lisbon, Portugal. The newly announced dates begin with a November 6 show at Metricon Stadium in Gold Cost, Australia. Tickets for the new shows go on sale beginning November 23 with a presale for NightTrain Fan Club members. Public on sale begins on November 26. The tour is presented by TEG. The tour graphic shared to social media features the five classic “Appetite for Destruction” skull figures arranged over a cross, though Kerrang! assumes the tour will feature the same lineup – including Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan – that performed during the Not In This Lifetime… tour rather than the full classic lineup. Following the opener at Metricon, the band plays seven more dates in November, with six total in Australia and two in New Zealand. All are at large stadiums, indicating a confidence by the band and tour operator that large-scale shows will be a possibility by next fall. The full tour schedule is below: Guns N’ Roses November 2021 Dates – Australia and New Zealand November 6 – Gold Coast, Australia – Metricon Stadium November 9 – Adelaide, Australia – Adelaide Oval November 11 – Melbourne, Australia – Melbourne Cricket Ground November 14 – Sydney, Australia – ANZ Stadium November 16 – Brisbane, Australia – Suncorp Stadium November 19 – Wellington, New Zealand – Sky Stadium November 21 – Dunedin, New Zealand – Forsyth Barr Stadium November 24 – Perth, Australia – Optus Stadium In total, Guns N’ Roses has 29 dates on its calendar for 2021 if all shows go off as planned. Eight take place in June in European venues, followed by a 13 show run through the U.S. in July and August – many of which are also at larger stadium venues in addition to the July 10 date at Milwaukee’s Summerfest . The post Guns N’ Roses Plans Fall 2021 Stadium Dates in Australia/New Zealand appeared first on TicketNews .
Minnesota’s Twin Cities Summer Jam – billed as the largest music festival in the state – is planning its comeback for summer 2021. The festival, along with so many others, was called off amid COVID fears in 2020 , but is scheduled to go off in July, with tickets on sale this week. Zac Brown Band, Carrie Underwood and Lynyrd Skynyrd are the headliners of the three-day event, which takes place July 22-24 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN. “After taking the year off to stay healthy and social distance, we are ready for fun in 2021,” reads a letter from Twin Cities Summer Jam CEO Jerry Braam published this week . “Like many of you, we are ready to get back to the festival life – the great outdoors, camping, friends, music, and memories. Make plans now to attend Twin Cities Summer Jam, July 22-24, 2021!” Lynyrd Skynyrd is the headliner for the Thursday slate, opening the festival following opening sets by Kip Moore, Elvie Shane, and 32 Below. Friday’s slate is headlined by Carrie Underwood, joined by Ian Munsick, Blanco Brown, and Brett Young. On Saturday, the festival closes with a performance from Zac Brown Band, with lead-ins from Ashley McBryde, Mitchell Tenpenny, and the Fabulous Armadillos. Twin Cities Summer Jam takes place in Shakopee, which is southwest of downtown Minneapolis, at the edge of the greater Twin Cities metro area. Camping is available for the venue, which allows for multiple-day ticket purchases or single-day admission. General Admission ticket prices are $99 for a single day or $199 for 3-day passes, with VIP and up-front viewing options available for more. Tickets for the 2020 event – which was technically postponed – will be honored for the 2021 dates. With the pandemic continuing to rage across the country, the venue’s health and safety protocols are prominently featured in both the CEO letter and the festival website. “Your safety is our top priority. We are working with the MN Department of Health and local officials, and are prepared to put measures in place, if need be, in order to have a safe event next year” Braam’s letter says. “Our venue, Canterbury Park, is the premier event space in the Midwest, and its layout offers plenty of room to accommodate everyone’s needs.” All sales of tickets are final, the ticket policy page reads , with the lone exception of there being “a full event cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” with no other exceptions mentioned. As with all event organizers making plans while questions over attendance and distancing rules, the fact that things may change between sale and event are clearly indicated on the policy pages. But their hopes are for a full scale event, likely bolstered by hopes of widespread COVID vaccine distribution available by the summer of next year. “Gather up your friends and family and get your tickets to Minnesota’s largest music festival,” Braam says. “We’re ready for all the fun and can’t wait to see you all again!” The post Zac Brown, Carrie Underwood to Headline Twin Cities Summer Jam in July appeared first on TicketNews .
Florida Georgia Line signed a deal with Live Nation, according to multiple reports . The duo signed with Live Nation for multiple years in a deal that will cover all North American tours. “This past year has given us a chance to spend more time writing, producing, and being creative, but we are itching to get back on the road,” Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley said in a statement. “We miss our fans, and the live energy and connection we have with them when we hit the stage. Our Live Nation family has been a great partner in the past, and we’re excited to be teaming up like this together. Getting back on tour and being able to share our new music can’t come soon enough!” The Grammy-nominated due have been together since 2012 and become one of the most prolific country touring acts in the world. The pair have performed to more than four million fans in their tours, including the popular Live from Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood. Touring for Florida Georgia Line is expected to resume in May 2021, as the group hits Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium as part of the Chillaxification Tour with Kenney Chesney. More upcoming tour dates for Florida Georgia Line are included below: MAY 1, 2021 – Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, FL MAY 8, 2021 – Miller Park – Milwaukee, WI MAY 15, 2021 – Nissan Stadium – Nashville, TN MAY 22, 2021 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, GA MAY 29, 2021 – Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, MO JUN 5, 2021 – U.S. Bank Stadium – Minneapolis, MN JUN 12, 2021 – Heinz Field – Pittsburgh, PA JUN 19, 2021 – Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA JUN 26, 2021 – Soldier Field – Chicago, IL JUL 10, 2021 – Busch Stadium – St. Louis, MO JUL 17, 2021 – CenturyLink Field – Seattle, WA JUL 24, 2021 – SoFi Stadium – Los Angeles, CA JUL 31, 2021 – Empower Field at Mile High – Denver, CO AUG 7, 2021 – AT&T Stadium – Arlington, TX AUG 14, 2021 – Ford Field – Detroit, MI AUG 21, 2021 – MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ AUG 27, 2021 – Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, MA AUG 28, 2021 – Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, MA The post Florida Georgia Line Sign Exclusive Touring Deal With Live Nation appeared first on TicketNews .
Eventbrite has acquired ToneDen, adding the marketing system to its portfolio as performances remain largely on hold amid the pandemic. ToneDen assists event creators and organzers with growing their followings on Spotify using targeted Instagram and other social media ads. “Today, I’m thrilled to announced that ToneDen has been acquired by Eventbrite, one of the world’s leading event platforms, and a company that shares our passion and vision for helping creators deliver live experiences to millions of people across the globe,” the note from ToneDen CEO Tim Thimmaiah says. ” Details surrounding the deal have not been published. Eventbrite has had its share of struggles in recent years. Difficulties with bringing its TicketFly customers to the main platform, a data breach , and pandemic-related demand dives brought stocks to under $10 for the tech company . But positive signs have sent shares upward in recent weeks with the potential for widespread vaccines available within the next year. Thimmaiah addressed the acquisition in a letter posted to the company website : New Chapter for ToneDen Shaping the future of events & creators around the world Five years ago, ToneDen started with a mission to empower creators with tools to grow and engage with their audiences. We set out to create a platform that made marketing easy and intuitive so that creators could focus on what they do best: crafting extraordinary experiences for their fans. Working hand in hand with these creators, we built a marketing solution that millions use and love, helping them build lasting and meaningful connections with the people that matter to them. Today, I’m thrilled to announce that ToneDen has been acquired by Eventbrite , one of the world’s leading events platforms, and a company that shares our passion and vision for helping creators deliver live experiences to millions of people across the globe. The relationship between ToneDen and Eventbrite has a long history. Our partnership started back in 2017 and has flourished over time. Eventbrite has consistently championed our efforts towards building a self-serve marketing solution that addressed the complex set of challenges event creators face. Joining forces with Eventbrite allows us to continue innovating on the best creator-facing marketing platform in the industry. Looking ahead towards our next stage of growth, we’re excited to help the hundreds of thousands of wonderful event organizers on Eventbrite find, reach, and engage with their attendees without having to be marketing experts. Now more than ever, event creators need ways to grow, understand, and monetize their audiences. With Eventbrite, we plan to bring our technology and expertise to help provide event creators with an all-in-one platform for their entire event lifecycle. As digital transformation accelerates the world around us, we believe ToneDen and Eventbrite will be able to help event organizers, big or small, build their communities and grow their businesses faster than ever before. I’m incredibly proud of, and humbled by, what the ToneDen team has accomplished and grateful for the creators, brands, and businesses who have been our partners throughout our journey. We can’t wait to join Eventbrite and shape the future of events. The post Eventbrite Acquires Event Creator Marketing Toolkit ToneDen appeared first on TicketNews .
Fans hoping to attend a set of performances by comic Dave Chappelle this weekend in Houston will need to add a COVID-19 test to their plans . The standup is requiring a negative COVID-19 test result for admission to the performances, which take place at House of Blues in the Texas city Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Chappelle is among the first known performers to tie a requirement for COVID testing to event access. Those who test negative will be allowed in. A positive test result will incur a voiding of access, though refunds will be made available to those consumers. It is unclear whether or not a refund will include all service fees charged by the Live Nation-owned ticketing provider. Attendees will also be required to wear face masks within the venue at all times save while “actively eating or drinking,” and social distancing measures will be in place. Ticketmaster recently saw major negative headlines for its suggestion that it would require access to patient health data through third-party providers as part of its reopening plans. The news spurred an announcement that the ticket vendor would not itself require anything – but such requirements could be put in place by event organizers as part of their safety plans. In the instance of this Dave Chappelle show requiring COVID-19 testing information be made available, the event organizer and venue owner are all the same company as Ticketmaster – Live Nation is promoting the event and owner of the House of Blues. The event was announced on House of Blues Houston’s Instagram account Wednesday. It is said to have already sold out ahead of the first performance. The post Houston Dave Chappelle Shows to Require Negative COVID-19 Test appeared first on TicketNews .