Mission Ballroom’s anti-scalper mission couldn’t tame Tame Impala fraudsters

AEG will cancel fraudulent ticket purchases and make the tickets available to the public again.

Work on the Mission Ballroom nears completion, a week out from its grand opening. Elyria Swansea, RiNo, July 30, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Work on the Mission Ballroom nears completion, a week out from its grand opening. Elyria Swansea, RiNo, July 30, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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When it comes to the Mission Ballroom’s system of selling tickets, it looks like some scalpers won and some fans lost.

Two nights worth of Tame Impala’s psych-rock sounds at the new 3,000-seat venue sold out in seconds. Minutes later, they were on resale sites like StubHub for twice face value.

“We recognize that the demand for tickets to Tame Impala’s shows at the Mission Ballroom significantly outstretched availability,” venue reps posted on Facebook on Monday. “We are currently reviewing all orders & cancelling all fraudulent purchases. We will advise within a few days when those cancelled ticket orders will be made back available to the public.”

“We’re fighting those wars against scalpers and trying to get everyone a fair chance at getting tickets,” Chuck Morris, CEO of AEG Presents Rocky Mountains, told Denverite in March.

The Elyria-Swansea venue aimed to preserve tickets for true fans — not zealous money-makers — with its Mission Fair Ticketing system. It didn’t work this time, but it sounds like the mission is still intact.

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