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Presale Begins for Beyoncé's ‘Renaissance' Tour: What DC Fans Need to Know

Only people who registered as “verified fans” through Beyoncé's official fan club will be able to buy tickets on Monday

Ticketmaster is releasing its first batch of tickets for Beyoncé's highly anticipated world tour on Monday, including for the two shows in D.C.

The tour is scheduled to stop at FedEx Field on Aug. 5 and 6. A small number of the D.C. show tickets will go on sale at 3 p.m. Monday.

Only people who registered as “verified fans” through Beyoncé's official fan club will be able to buy tickets on Monday. Ticketmaster emailed some of those users on Sunday evening with a unique access code to the presale.

Those who did not receive a code were placed on the waitlist, according to Ticketmaster. They will only receive access to the sale if tickets are still available.

D.C. is in registration Group A, along with several other cities. There are two additional Group A sales dates in the U.S.:

  • Citi Presale powered by Verified Fan: Tuesday, Feb. 7 – Wednesday, Feb. 8
  • General Verified Fan Onsale: Saturday, Feb. 11

Ticketmaster has warned that ticket demand is high.

"Fan demand exceeds the number of tickets available by more than 800% based on the registration numbers in the Group A cities," the Ticketmaster blog read.

Ticketmaster will also be under scrutiny during the sale. Beyoncé's "Renaissance" tour will be the company’s most high-profile test since the botched roll-out of Taylor Swift's "Eras" tour in November.

The controversy resulted in several lawsuits from Swift fans, who claimed the company fixed prices and violated antitrust laws.  

Those concerns led to a Senate hearing last month to investigate a “lack of competition” in the ticketing industry.

Activists gathered in D.C. during a congressional hearting after Ticketmaster's botched presale of Taylor Swift tickets. News4's Juliana Valencia reports.

Ticketmaster has blamed the system-wide crash on "extraordinarily high demands on ticketing systems" and insufficient inventory.

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee warned that it is watching how Ticketmaster will handle this latest roll-out.

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