Friday, September 21, 2018
Music News, Concert Reviews

Live: Fans line up in Tampa and online for Paul McCartney tickets

Money can't buy you love. But it can buy you one of the hottest concert tickets of the year in Tampa -- if you're quick enough on the draw.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today for Paul McCartney's July 10 concert at Amalie Arena. Considering this is only the Beatle's fourth-ever concert in Tampa, they'll probably go quickly.

When the concert was announced, Kevin Preast, Amalie Arena's senior vice president of event management, said he expected a pool of about 14,000 seats to be available for the show -- although it's likely thousands have already been sold thanks to pre-sales through American Express, McCartney's fan club and other outlets.

We'll be monitoring ticket sales this morning (see the live stream above) to see if and when the show sells out. We'll also be monitoring any glitches purchasers might be experiencing. If you're buying tickets, drop us a line at [email protected] and tell us how your experience went. Smooth sailing? Great! Horrible headaches? Shut out entirely? We want to hear about that, too.

The link for buying tickets is here.

TICKET BUYING TIPS

Blitz the on-sale. The second that tickets go on sale, hit Ticketmaster on multiple fronts. Try purchasing on multiple devices, multiple phones and multiple browser windows. Use the Ticketmaster app on multiple devices. Team up with friends to do the same. You may experience drastic slowdowns or technical glitches, but this will increase your odds of at least one person getting through.

Hit the box office. If you wish to avoid Ticketmaster altogether, Amalie Arena's box office will be open Monday morning, and lines to buy tickets in person are rare. The box office opens at 9 a.m. this morning. Call (813) 301-2500 for details.

Call out of state. This tip came from a reader: Instead of calling the local venue, call a Ticketmaster outlet in another market, one where the phone lines won't be so jammed. We can't promise this will actually work, but it could be worth a shot. Try Baltimore, (410) 547-7328, or Washington D.C., (202) 397-7328, and if it works, let us know.

Beware the bots. Automatic ticket-scraping scalpers known as "bots" are often deployed to purchase tickets as soon as they go on sale, then flip them at inflated prices on secondary markets like StubHub, SeatGeek or Ticketmaster's own resale program. Some artists have cracked down on bots. For his May 4 concert at Amalie Arena, Eric Church canceled hundreds of flipped tickets, then put them back on the general market. For all tickets purchased on secondary sites, caveat emptor.

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