Eric Church is known for doing things differently and with tickets selling out quickly for the shows on the first leg of his tour set to commence this fall with Dwight Yoakam, he’s taking scalpers head-on.
Over 14,000 tickets for his show at Minneapolis’ Target Center have been sold to date and only a small number of seats remained available in the seats behind the stage — unofficially deemed “The Chair Loft” — before this afternoon at 5-m Central time as 902 tickets have been identified as being purchased by scalpers that were in violation of the sales limit for the show so the sales to the scalpers have been cancelled and the tickets were put back into the system for sale at that time.
“A lot of acts just want to sell as many tickets as they can and they don't care who they sell them to,” said Church, a long-time foe of ticket scalping. “I want my fans to be the ones who buy tickets to my shows, and I want scalpers to back off. I can't stop ticket scalpers completely, but I can definitely make it harder for them.”
Church joins Garth Brooks and other stars in his disdain for scalpers who remove his core fans, the fans who’ve helped build him into an touring Arena act, from being able to afford his show. Future scalpers are now ‘on notice’ from Church for his The Outsiders World Tour which features a trio of rotating opening acts including Brothers Osborne (“Rum”), Brandy Clark (“12 Stories”) and metal band Halestorm.