Country music artist Eric Church is trying to cut down on ticket scalping at his concerts including January's show in Sioux Falls.
Tickets go on sale Friday for that show. The “Springsteen” singer has a new way of selling tickets to put them in the hands of fans instead of scalpers.
“Eric Church was the first artist we ever put on sale at the Denny Sanford Premier Center that sold out instantly. This will be a huge tour as well, we expect this show to sell out,” says Chris Semrau, assistant general manager of the Premier Center.
For his January show, his tour held just one presale, and did not release the code until ten minutes before tickets went on sale. Fans buying tickets do not have access to them until the day before the concert. The tour also can cancel any ticket order they believe was made by a scalper.
Officials from the Premier Center say they have never seen anything like it.
"No artist has gone to these lengths to put tickets directly into the hands of their fans and limit scalping as Eric Church has,” Semrau says.
The Premier Center does not allow scalping of tickets on their property, but it is legal to do so in South Dakota.
“The only way to truly make a shift the industry is to change the laws," Semrau says.
And Congress is trying to do exactly that.
Three bills in the house and senate are making reselling tickets more transparent to those who buy them. The Better Online Ticket Sales Act of 2016, or BOTS Act, doesn't allow robots to purchase tickets, a method commonly used in online ticket resale.
Congresswoman Kristi Noem supports the new ticket legislation. The U.S. House passed the BOTS Act on Monday, it now heads to the Senate. Noem says it's time for fans to be first again.
“It’s time bots are kicked out of the ticket line, which is exactly what the Better Online Ticket Sales Act does. It’s time for fans to be first once again,” Noem says.
It's another way more of Church's fans will hopefully be able to share in his "record year."