Willie Nelson tickets sells out in record time for March 2014
By Karen Daniels
A few weeks ago tickets went on sale for Willie Nelson’s November 19 concert at the Stafford Centre. On the first day of pre-sale, over 800 tickets were sold (the Stafford Centre holds 1,154). By the time the tickets went on sale to the general public, only a handful were left, and most weren’t together.
Bryan Blaun, President of FM2, the management company that handles the Stafford Centre, explained the situation to City Council last Wednesday night. This event, a precursor to the Stafford Centre’s 10th Anniversary next March 2014, is their “highest costing show to purchase ever” though “not one person has complained about the price.” A seat in the pit will run $200 per. However, they are complaining about not being able to get a ticket for this event.
A remedy was discussed with City Council for residents of Stafford to sign up for Stafford Centre’s email blasts about upcoming events. Bryan also advised that “when the tickets go on sale at 10:00 a.m., customers need to go online at 10:00 a.m. and make their purchase.” Their website is www.staffordcentre.com. Having said that, Willie Nelson has had plenty of time to accumulate a large fan base. A lot of people attending the event most likely learned about the concert from Willie’s personal website.
Councilman Fred Woolridge asked the question, “Why not add a second show?” Bryan explained that adding a second show can create new problems. One: if it doesn’t completely sell out, the venue loses money and, Two: people who purchase tickets in the last row, upper balcony because they are the only available tickets, are upset by the announcement of a second show. Councilman Cecil Willis wanted the public to know that “the City is not running the show.” The City leases the building to the promoter, FM2, who book the talent and handle the ticket sales.
Mayor Scarcella added that this is much like the question the City receives about their plans for the Texas Instruments property. “It’s not ours to do with.” Stay tuned for future information about the 10th Anniversary celebration for the Stafford Centre.
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