I-Team Exclusive: Who Really Gets the Tickets

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    Bridgestone Arena

    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