I-Team Exclusive: Who Really Gets the Tickets

Monday, Nov 19, 2012  |  Updated 10:59 PM EDT
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I-Team Exclusive: Who Really Gets the Tickets

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The News4 I-Team found out of nearly 14,000 tickets at the upcoming Justin Bieber concert in Nashville, only 1,001 tickets actually went on sale to the general public.  We obtained a copy of the ticket hold instructions (American Express, VIP and other holds) sent from Bieber’s management team to Bridgestone Arena for the January 2013 concert.  With the help of a Nashville television station, we show you how they were divvied up:

General Sale Tickets

These seats were sold during the traditional public sale through Ticketmaster

Floor:  300
100 Level:  385
200 Lower Level:  160
300 Level:  102
400 Level:  54
Total:  1,001

VIP Package Holds

VIP packages include “premium seat,” a “meet and greet” and “photo opportunity with Justin Bieber” as well as souvenir merchandise, which can include gift bag, program, photobook, and autographed album.

Justin Bieber VIP Meet & Greet Experience

Floor:  100
Total:  100

The Diamond VIP Package

Floor:  200          
Total:  200

The Emerald VIP Package

Floor:  300
Total:  300

The Sapphire VIP Package

200 Lower Level:  300
Total:  300

Platinum Exchange Hold

These tickets are held back for sale on Ticketmaster’s “Platinum Exchange,” which is advertised as “some of the best seats in the house” and sold for very high prices.  Experts say it is a way for artists to get a share of the money going to professional ticket scalpers.

Floor:  100
100 Level:  200
200 Lower Level:  130
200 Club Level:  70
Total:  500

Auctions Hold

These tickets are held back for Ticketmaster’s “Auction,” which sells seats to the highest bidder.  Experts say it’s another way for the artist to get a share of the money going to professional scalpers.

Floor:  20
Total:  20

Fan Club Hold

Bieber fans can pay about $100 a year to join the fan club, which gives them access to the fan club presale.

Floor:  480
100 Level:  1,080
200 Club Level:  390
200 Upper Level:  110
300 Level:  512
400 Level:  328
Total:  2,900

American Express Holds

These tickets are reserved for the American Express credit card presale.  The type of tickets depends on the type of credit card.

American Express Centurion Card

Floor Seats:  80
Total:  80

American Express Platinum Card

Floor Seats:  100
100 Level:  130
Total:  230

American Express Gold Card

Floor Seats:  84
100 Level:  416
200 Level Club:  296
200 Upper Level:  54
Total:  850

American Express Blue Card

100 Level:  1,318
200 Level Club:  166
200 Upper Level: 1,346
300 Level:  1,439
400 Level:  363
Total:  4,632

Artist & Support Team Holds

These tickets were reserved for Justin Bieber, his management, promoter and other teams.

Artist

Tickets held for Justin Bieber and his company

Floor:  50
100 Level:  50
Total:  100

CAA

Tickets held for the talent agency Creative Artist Agency

100 Level:  40
Total:  40

AEG

Tickets held for the concert promoter AEG.  These include the second, third and fourth rows in front of the stage.

Floor:  50
100 Level:  50
200 Club Level:  40
300 Level:  40
400 Level:  20
Total:  200

Island Def Jam

Tickets held for Justin Bieber’s management company.

100 Level:  80
200 Club Level:  100
300 Level:  40
400 Level:  40
Total:  260

Label

Tickets held for Justin Bieber’s record label.

100 Level:  50
200 Club Level:  75
300 Level:  75
Total:  300

Tour

Tickets held for the use of Justin Bieber’s tour.

100 Level:  200
200 Club Level:  100
Total:  300

Other Holds

Arena

Tickets held for distribution through Bridgestone Arena.

100 Level:  150
200 Lower Level:  198
Total:  348

Sponsor

100 Level:  100
Total:  100

Marketing

100 Level:  100
200 Club Level:  100
Total:  200

Support

100 Level:  40
Total:  40

Support 2

100 Level:  20
Total:  20

Support Label

100 Level:  20
200 Club Level:  20
300 Level:  20
400 Level:  20
Total:  80

Gift

These are front-row tickets but it is unclear who received these tickets.

Floor:  12
Total:  12

240 Hold

Obstructed view seats that were originally not for sale, but after the stage configuration was altered, became available to the general public.

100 Level:  333
200 Club Level:  134
200 Upper Level:  114
300 Level:  88
Total:  669

Mobility Impaired Hold

Tickets reserved for those in wheelchairs or with other mobility impairments.

100 Level:  32
200 Club Level:  15
200 Upper Level:  21
300 Level:  15
Total:  83

Visual & Hearing Impaired

Tickets reserved for those with visual or hearing impairments.

100 Level:  18
Total:  18

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