It’s better if Garth Brooks fans have some friends in the high places if they don’t secure any tickets for his next show in Edmonton.
Minutes after sales began at 10 a.m. Friday, the 61,000-seat show at the Commonwealth Stadium sold out, leaving thousands of fans in western Canada standing outside a country music star’s first concert in the Alberta capital in five years.
Brooks’ PR team said it took 45 minutes, but some reported seeing a “run out” just 22 minutes after sales began.
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Country music artist whose most famous songs include I don’t go down (until the sun rises) And Unanswered prayers He took to social media to say he heard his fans’ prayers to see his show on June 25.
“Speak to Ticketmaster and they said many of you never even came in to look for tickets…and tens of thousands of you were still in the waiting room when they ran out,” he wrote on Twitter. “Let me see what the options are, please.”
A Ticketmaster spokesperson confirmed the Brooks concert will sell out within 45 minutes “due to massive demand from Canadian fans.”
On Friday evening, Brooks tweeted that after talks with The Radio, Ticketmaster and the stadium, he will have a statement Monday morning.
The ticket company said it was committed to preventing bots from obtaining tickets before fans could purchase them, using a “smart queue” system.
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Fans prove their identity to the system through phone verification, part of their strategy that includes multi-layered security and traffic monitoring.
Garth Brooks is scheduled to perform at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton in June
Potential ticket buyers join the “waiting room” before sales open, and once the sale starts, people are given a place on the waiting list.
The Ticketmaster website claims that the smart queue system is designed so that “every fan gets a fair chance at getting tickets” and keeps bots away.
Later on Friday, tickets for the concert were posted on sites such as Kijiji and Ebay.
And ticket seller StubHub has seats available in nearly every section of the Commonwealth Stadium.
In February 2017, demand led the Tulsa native to extend his run in Edmonton to nine sold-out shows at Rogers Place, with 160,000 fans passing through the turnstiles.
The June concert in Edmonton is Brooks’ only Canadian stop on his stadium tour, which has been paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an interview with Global News earlier this week, Brooks said he expected the show at the Commonwealth Stadium to be a “family reunion”.
Last Saturday, the Brooks show in Louisiana got so boisterous that it was taped to a Louisiana State University Seismology through the song Callin’ Baton Rouge.
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