State Senate President Donna Mercado Kim has introduced a resolution urging concert and entertainment venues to limit ticket sales to in-person purchases for the first 48 hours.
This resolution comes after tickets for Bruno Mars’ three scheduled shows in April sold out in just two hours last week with nearly half of the tickets purchased by mainland residents. The majority of fans bought their tickets over the phone and online through Ticketmaster; only six percent were sold at the box office even though hundreds lined the mall outside the Blaisdell Arena, getting there hours before the box office opened.
“Anyone who takes the time to show up in person should have the opportunity to purchase tickets for at least the first two days before opening up to online sales,” Kim says. “It’s unfortunate that out-of-state ticket brokers and scalpers will resell these concert tickets back to local residents for an enormous profit.”
The resolution names and urges the following entities to set purchasing terms: Hawaii Community Development Authority, Stadium Authority, Department of Enterprise Services of the City and County of Honolulu, Board of Regents, President of the University of Hawaii and Chancellor of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
These entities hold concerts at venues such as Kakaako Park, Aloha Stadium, the Neil S. Blaisdell Center, Waikiki Shell, University of Hawaii Stan Sheriff Center and the Hawaii Convention Center.
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