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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

SCALPED PATS TICKETS CAUSE OUTRAGE

Some fans of the Regina Pats took to social media on Tuesday to voice their anger over the fact several tickets to Games 1 and 2 of the WHL Eastern Conference Final are being offered on resale websites for over four times face value.

The Pats earned a berth in the Conference Final with a 5-1 victory over Swift Current in Game 7 of the semifinals on Monday, and tickets to Round 3 soldout in nine minutes when they went on sale Tuesday afternoon.

Fans lined up in the Brandt Centre box office on Tuesday while thousands more purchased theirs online. Within minutes, lots of those tickets were being "scalped" on the secondary market.

A Facebook post from a Pats fan on Tuesday
The Voice of the Regina Pats, Phil Andrews, addressed the situation on 620 CKRM's SportsCage on Tuesday afternoon.

"From what I understand, there really aren't any rules that stop a person from buying tickets and reselling them," Andrews advised.  "We looked into it based on the social media response and it's a tough situation. There's no law that says you can't buy tickets and resell them on a separate website.

"From the organization's standpoint, how do you filter who's buying the tickets when they're getting them from Ticketmaster.ca, then reselling them? It's a tough one. I understand, because I know there's a lot of fans who want to be in the building and $100-plus per ticket is quite steep - in our league for sure - and I feel for the fans but it happens in pro sports too. When you have a hot ticket, it comes with the territory I think."

While fans were vocal with their displeasure, Phil said there's really nothing the team can do.

"Tickets went on sale at noon on Tuesday and there's no way to filter who the scalpers are," Andrews continued. "What are you going to do, ask everybody that buys a ticket if they're a scalper? There's no way to know. Unfortunately some people got left out because others bought tickets ahead of them. There's nothing the organization can do but put the tickets on sale and hope people buy them. People that want to make money out of it are going to do what they do."

On Wednesday morning, the Pats sent RodPedersen.com the following statement:

"As an organization we continue to review the Ticket Sales Act to determine what recourse consumers may have to deal with the reselling of Regina Pats tickets.  Anyone with concerns should contact the Consumer Protection Branch of the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA).  In an effort to curb reselling we have implemented a cap on ticket purchases.  Fans can only get a maximum of eight tickets through Ticketmaster and four tickets at any Safeway location, beginning in the third round. "

The Pats will face the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final. The 'Canes won a Game 7 showdown Tuesday in Medicine Hat, beating the Tigers 5-4 in overtime on a shorthanded goal by Tyler Wong.

Game 1 of Round 3 goes Friday night in the Brandt Centre at 7:00 on 620 CKRM, Access 7 and Shaw.

RP
@rodpedersen

26 comments:

william weppler said...

This is what is says on the ticketmaster site:
"Ticket Limits
There is an eight (8) ticket limit per event

Please adhere to published ticket limits. Persons who exceed the ticket limit may have any or all of their orders and tickets cancelled without notice by Ticketmaster in its discretion. This includes orders associated with the same name, e-mail address, billing address, credit card number or other information."

Maybe the Pats should go after TicketMaster for not adhering to thier own policy.

Anonymous said...

Oh no_ Tyler Wong is coming to town, he's a awesome player. PATS will have to break down his game to a zero along with the rest of the Huricanes team. PATS in 6.

Anonymous said...

Quit Crying Regina. This goes on with the Riders foe every home game when they are sold out and that has been going on for years. Get a life and put up with it.

@mrt_man said...

IF IT IS REALLY THE BIG TICKETING SITES, AND BIG BUYERS, THERE IS NO POINT TO THE PATS TRYING TO FIGHT IT. THE RE-SELLERS DO IT IN BIGGER VENUES FOR HOTTER TICKETS ALL THE TIME. FOLKS WITH WAAAAY MORE BEHIND THEM THAN THE PATS HAVE HAD LITTLE SUCCESS SLOWING THEM DOWN.

MAYBE THE PATS SHOULD JUST JACK UP THE TICKET PRICES IN ORDER TO INCREASE THE RISK FOR THE SCALPERS! ;)

IT IT IS JUST SOME LOCALS I DON'T HAVE AN ISSUE WITH THEM MAKING A FEW BUCKS. HOWEVER, TICKETMASTER RUNNING THEIR OWN RESELLING SITE... THAT HAS ALWAYS SEEMED SHADY.

Anonymous said...

Don't give in to the scalpers, make them take the loss. Watch it on tv with your family, make a party and your kids will always remember it.

Anonymous said...

Helllllooooooooooooooooooooo TV !!!!! Thank you Access.

I went to about 15 games this year and I am sooo glad to stay home now rather than watch with all the band wagon jumpers at the Brandt Centre. I feel for the real fans that can't go.

Pats in 6 and then Hello Seattle.

Anonymous said...

There are things to do:

1. avoid buying the scalped tickets and make the scalpers eat the price of the ticket.

2. don't buy tickets until the Pats take control of the sale of their own tickets.
I have read stories where Chicago Cubs season ticket holders who put tickets up for sale were not allowed to buy season tickets this year. I believe its the New England Patriots who have a rule that if the tickets aren't resold on their exchange site and they find that the tickets were sold above face value, that season ticket holder was removed from their season ticket list (even if the season ticket holder gave the tickets to a neighbour and the neighbour sold the ticket online)

Jason G said...

Unfortunately this practice is done in NHL believe me living in Calgary tough to go to regular season game let alone playoffs. This is also problem in CFL trying to get tickets to Riders game especially Labour day and last game at old stadium and certainly at new stadium. this happens in all sports actually but this is junior hockey. I agree with Phil cant stop people from buying tickets reselling them for more but limit should be 4 and a cap ie $20 ticket shouldn't be allowed to sell for $40 or even $100. I hope as lifetime Warriors fan Pats win in 7 but Kelowna or Seattle will be tough as well. Glad games are on TV though.

Anonymous said...

All these people complaining about tickets. Buy your playoff tickets before the playoffs start! Split the package with a group of friends to keep costs down. Want to be a bandwagon fan you take your chances. Years ago when Taylor field sold spots on Hemorrhoid Hill. People would complain on labor day because they wanted sideline seats for the one game a year they go to. Be grateful Shaw televises the games.

william weppler said...

All the tickets on usedregina.com already are breaking this rule aren't they?

"Selling of Tickets obtained from a Primary Seller (The 48 Hour Rule)
No person or secondary seller shall resell, advertise or list for resale, in any manner, any tickets to an entertainment or sporting event at one of the 7 major event centres in Saskatchewan until at least 48 hours after the tickets to the same event were made available to the general public by a primary seller.

After 48 hours, the legislation does NOT prohibit advertising or the reselling of tickets, nor does it place any controls on the price for which tickets can be resold.

Anonymous said...

You can't regulate a free market, demand will dictate resale

Anonymous said...

How to fix it? Get rid of ticketmaster and go back to the old fashion way, stand in line or call the box office. Can't make it? Then you're sol. The Internet has made it too easy for scalpers. Try going to an NHL game if you wanna feel the burn of resorting to a scalper.

Dick Rubnutz said...

I was unable to get tickets. I won't pay more than face value for Pats tickets and sure as heck not $100 per, that's ridiculous. Guess I'll just have to stay home and watch it on tv.

Giver hell boys

Anonymous said...

We were just in Medicine Hat for Easter and watched the Friday game between Med. Hat and Lethbridge.

Lethbridge looked like the better team.

But, they did not look as good as the Regina Pats.

Unknown said...

Have Phil Andrews look into the ticketing situation a little more. As the Regina Pats are the "promoter" of the event and as a standard Ticketmaster agreement technically the Regina Pats "own" every ticket for their games and the agreement with every ticket sold is that they can not be resold with out the owner of the events permission at any price. If a person reselling tickets posts the exact location of the tickets being sold the Regina Pats or Ticketmaster can cancel those tickets because they can look up the Ticketmaster account and not refund the money because of violation of this agreement. Online sites like Used Regina or Kijiji have no time to police this. Ticketmaster will not review it unless the Pats as the owner of the event make them aware of it.

If these tickets being resold are from season ticket holders the Pats should discipline them. Phil Andrews should maybe speak to his ticketing people and know all the facts before speaking in a public forum as he has made the team and Ticketmaster look bad. The Pats can get a handle on this but it requires a little elbow grease.

Anonymous said...

lol @ "Quit Crying Regina. This goes on with the Riders foe every home game when they are sold out and that has been going on for years. Get a life and put up with it"....someone pissed in this dude's corn flakes!! :D and no wonder every game is sold in PA, the barn you play in can hardly hold enough people for a local square dance, let alone a hockey game. Yee haww, suck it Raider Fan the Pats are going to the Eastern Finals giddy up

Anonymous said...

The way things are going in P.A...wouldnt surprise me that P.A dropped back down to the SJ

Anonymous said...

Easy answer-show the card that paid for the ticket with the ticket at the door. Done deal. Works for Garth Brooks who keeps concert ti kets affordable and out of the hands of the scumbags.

Anonymous said...

The easy solution is to watch at home! onhockey.tv is an amazing site for WHL games, I watched the MH vs Leth game there last night!

This Guy said...

If you don't want to pay then don't. If people are willing to pay then so be it. Me personally, I am selling my extra tickets at face value as I am not in it to make a buck.

This Guy said...

Although a good system. It does have flaws. For example. I happened to have the day off when tickets for Garth went on sale so I bought tickets for various other people and for different days. Because of this rule I was expected to hand over my credit card to every person that i bought tickets for

william weppler said...

onhockey.tv is stealing the WHL stream from WHL Live so I am assuming WHL Live will be putting a stop to that soon.
I have subscribed to WHL Live for a few years now and it is very inexpensive, and very good quality.

Anonymous said...

SCALPED PATS TICKETS CAUSE OUTRAGE

WHY? people poking dried sh*t that can't be stirred.

Anonymous said...

Why 8 tickets? Buy 8 sell 6 and keep 2 for yourself. Tidy profit and yours are free. Opens door to scalpers.How many people who buy 8 are not scalping?
How about limit of 4 tickets unless as a season ticket holder you own more. Then season ticket holders would be able to buy as many as they own.
You buy scalpers tickets you are the problem not the scalper.

Anonymous said...

If Sasktel would step up and carry Dub games then a guy wouldn't have to resort to using onhockey.tv

Anonymous said...

Huh? Sasktel tv = garbage.
Access Communications Regina, the way to go.