Frustrated ‘no-code’ Springsteen fans may be out of luck for tickets (Opinion)


“Oh come on!”

“Tell me this is a joke!”

“Tickets are How? ‘Or’ What a lot?”

“How could I not have at least one code?” »

“Well, I guess I can forget going to several shows now!”

These are some of the maddening comments and questions that frustrated Bruce Springsteen fans spat out on Wednesday.

Last night fans were going through their emails praying that they would be selected to receive a Verified Fan Onsale code from ticket master for one or more shows by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band for the first leg of their 2023 US tour, including yours truly.

Last week, fans were encouraged to register on Ticketmaster as a verified fan and hopefully be chosen for a show. You were able to list the shows you wanted codes for, hoping to get at least one code, in exchange for tickets.

Let’s be clear, the fact that you have been selected for a code does not guarantee your tickets. (That’s a whole different process).

Like hundreds of thousands of others, of course, I signed up on the Ticketmaster site and listed the shows in my order of preference: Newark, New York, and Philly. I guess I also signed up for the show at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA on March 18th because of all the shows, that’s the one I was selected to receive a code for. But, I don’t remember signing up for that show.

The email goes on to say that the verified fan on-sale for the March 18 broadcast will take place on July 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day before the sale date, I will receive an SMS containing a unique access code and a link to buy tickets.

Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis and are not guaranteed. There is a limit of four (4) tickets per code.

Confused yet? There is more.

The email also offers tips for a smoother waiting room and shopping experience:

1. The waiting room will open 10 minutes before verified fans go on sale. During those 10 minutes, you must locate your show and log in with the same email and password you used for verified fan registration.

2. Check your stored invoice to confirm that the credit card is valid and the billing address is up to date.

3. When purchasing tickets, you must do so from one device. Logging in to the same account on multiple devices can lead to errors.

4. If you have been selected for multiple shows, make sure you only have one tap open per show at a time. Opening multiple windows or tabs to purchase tickets for the same show may result in errors.

Codes are non-transferable and only Ticketmaster can issue access codes for verified fans. Many unofficial sellers may list tickets on secondary markets before they go on sale, so be careful.

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What if you don’t have a code?

If you haven’t received a code, you can try to get tickets to the show of your choice after the 2:00 p.m. window closes for Verified Fan Onsale code holders.

Good luck with that! Anyone who’s ever tried to score Springsteen tickets over the phone or online knows these suckers sell out in seconds. So what if tickets could possibly be left for scavengers without a code four hours after the original timeslot?

It’s exhausting trying to get Springsteen tickets. Whatever happened to the good old days when you and your friends called Ticketmaster from multiple phones, hoping one of you would drop by. Then when someone did, it was the person who was responsible for buying tickets for everyone in the group.

Remember how we used to get tickets?

For me, my fondest memory of buying tickets for Springsteen was actually standing in line (usually the night before) at a record store with a wristband, waiting for tickets to go on sale the next day.

My friends and I camped outside “Coconuts” on Staten Island with chairs, sleeping bags, tons of food, and even a boombox playing Springsteen music. We made friends with other “Springnuts” because we were all there with the same goal in mind: to get tickets.

I remember The Boss did 15 shows at The Meadowlands (now Metlife Stadium) and somehow, I don’t know how, I would buy tickets to 10 of those shows.

Do you remember when ticket prices were also reasonable? $50? $75? We thought $200 was crazy.

But today? Forget. You have to sell your firstborn or body part to afford even a single ticket, let alone a pair. The cheapest seat is expensive. Is it even in the arena or will I be listening to the show from the parking lot? I’m kidding, of course, but you get the idea.

Bruce Springsteen performs at Celebrating America event after Joe Biden’s inauguration

Bruce Springsteen performs at the Celebrating America event following the inauguration of Joe Biden (Biden Inaugural Committee via AP)

Springsteen Tour Ticket Prices

I decided to look at ticket prices in Tampa, Orlando, and Hollywood, Florida, as these were the first batch of tickets for the 2023 US tour to go on sale today (along with other sites ).

Now keep in mind that I don’t know the prices through Ticketmaster. Why? Well, because when I go into my Ticketmaster account and click on one of the Florida shows, I’m stuck in “the lobby” because I don’t have a code to enter “the hall” wait”, which then launches you into “the queue” and then catapults you into the “choose your seats” part. So I don’t see the prices.

But just for fun, I logged in just to see the prices.

Wow, nelly! Some of these prices are higher than my monthly rent.

For example, at Amalie Arena in Tampa, tickets for Section 325 (which is behind the stage) are $126 each. Well yeah. They are behind the scene!

Directly across section 307 (facing the stage), tickets start at $318 each. There are tickets for $758 in Section 206, $1,576 in Section 129, and $1,200 for general admission (pit seats.)

At the Amway Center in Orlando, the story is much the same. Tickets in the Promenade 203 section start at $75. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, the price is right but the seats are behind the stage.

There are tickets priced at $3,257 in section 104 and $1,822 for general admission (pit) tickets.

Then I looked at a smaller venue: The Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida. Second Balcony Section 304 seats are priced at $1,733 and get this: Tickets in Orchestra Section 102, Row L, are $14,172 each!

Well, Springnuts, I hope we get tickets to Newark, MSG and Philly with or without codes and I hope we don’t have to give all the blood in our bodies to pay for them.

I love my Bruce! I am thrilled with this long-awaited tour! See you at the show!

Jen Ursillo is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at [email protected]

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