Scalpers beware: Tighter ticket restrictions

12:33 AM, Jan 27, 2013   |    comments
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One of Michigan's native rock stars is coming to Grand Rapids in April, but to eliminate ticket scalpers, Kid Rock is taking part in restricted ticketing.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - One of Michigan's native rock stars is coming to Grand Rapids in April, but to eliminate ticket scalpers, Kid Rock is taking part in restricted ticketing.

As part of the policy, anyone who purchases paperless tickets must use a credit card and then swipe that card and show their ID to get into the concert. That means concert-goers cannot buy paperless tickets for friends as a gift.

The restrictions took some fans by surprise Saturday when tickets went on sale.

"I was caught off guard buying these tickets for several people, and some for our teenagers, so now we have to come together," said Keni Joe Hudenko. "I typically don't carry my credit card when I come to a concert; I carry my ID as little as possible."

"They're inclined to put [ticket restrictions] in there for the people who are coming to the show; the real fans," said Lynn Ike, Marketing Manager of Van Andel Arena. "It's so frequent we'll have fans that buy tickets from California, New Jersey, Texas, you know, they're not coming to the show."

Kid Rock is the first artist in three years to use this ticketing method at Van Andel Arena.

The restrictions only apply to paperless tickets.  Concert-goers can purchase paper tickets to give as gifts.

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