Fans Get No Satisfaction With New Ticket System

By: Whitney Holmes
By: Whitney Holmes

May 20, 2005

Tickets for the Rolling Stones October 6 show at Scott Stadium went on sale Friday morning and were gone not long after, leaving some feeling cheated.

Forget the old days of first come first serve. Nowadays, getting a good seat at the Rolling Stones concert is the luck of the draw.

"With the lottery, it is fair for everyone. And as far as camping out goes, most large shows have gotten away from that," said Larry Wilson, general manager of the Richmond Coliseum. "It requires extra security. Sometimes it is not safe."

Lottery numbers were handed out at 8:30 Friday morning and picked an hour later.

The number picked became first in line and everyone in front of that number went to the back.

"I can't believe I am last in line," laments Reed Tolber, who was one number away from being number one. "I didn't expect to win. But I didn't expect to be the loser."

The lottery system was a good deal for Madison Cummings who showed up just as the lottery tickets were getting handed out and got the lucky number.

"We already have four tickets at home, but I figured I'd get more." Cummings said he will get a dozen more.

But for couples such as Sheila and John Coley who came from out of town

and slept in their car, with this new system, they 'can't get no satisfaction.'

"I'm just not very happy with the lottery system. It's just not fair for diehard fans who have been here all night," John said.

He and Sheila said they were told it was first come first serve, and others complained the system was not publicized enough.

The two still got their tickets, just not the ones they wanted.

"We got one hundred ninety dollar tickets. We wanted three fifty. That's why we stayed all night long," Sheila explained.

The two are not going to give up yet. Their search for the holy grail of Stones tickets continues. "We'll probably go to a different state and get some different tickets now," she said.

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