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Eddie Vedder

Eddie Vedder performs on stage with Pearl Jam on Sept. 30, 2012, at the University of Montana's Adams Center.

ARTHUR MOURATIDIS/for the Missoulian

Only about 1,200 tickets are left for Pearl Jam's Aug. 13 concert at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. They were scheduled to go on sale at 10 a.m. Montana time Wednesday at, GrizTix outlets and the Adams Center box office.

There's also a chance you might find someone with an extra. Last Friday morning when tickets were available for pre-sale online, some fans got a strange message telling them that they needed to buy at least four.

It was an error in the back-end system of the GrizTix website, said Chuck Maes, the University of Montana's associate athletic director. After a fan who only wanted two tickets called to complain, the staff unchecked a box that was forcing the four-ticket minimum, roughly within 10 minutes of the sale's 10 a.m. start time. Most people in the presale weren't affected and "95 percent of people want more," Maes said.

The pre-sale went through Ticketmaster's new Verified Fan program, which aims to curtail bots and scalpers from rapidly buying up tickets and selling them at a high mark-up on the secondary market.

Roughly 11,000 fans signed up, Maes said. On the morning of the pre-sale, they were sent a code via text message, a link to the ticketing site, and a time they could queue up. The times were staggered so that they didn't overload the system.

According to Pearl Jam's website, "if demand for tickets from verified fans exceeds supply, verified fans may be selected at random to participate in the presale." It said pre-sale tickets are limited and "they will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and are not guaranteed." Members of the Ten Club, its fan organization, were given first shot in a separate pre-sale and have a special section close to the stage.

Maes said some Canadian fans had difficulties because their banks flagged the purchase as suspicious.


The remaining tickets for the 24,000-capacity concert will go on sale at 10 a.m. at the Adams Center box office, and all GrizTix outlets. Calling on the phone is the "worst way to get a ticket" and fans are discouraged from trying that way, said Debbie Erbacher, the Adams Center's assistant director of fiscal and personnel services.

For the physical locations, she said they try to split up some of the tickets. Maes said they'll go fast and staff will try to let people in line know whether they'll get one so they're not futilely waiting.

Online, some fans have complained about the ticket prices on this tour. Here in Missoula, reserved seats in the north end zone are $100 and closer reserved stadium seats and general admission on the field are $123.

Missoula is one of only four U.S. cities on a short summer tour called "The Home Shows," along with Seattle's Safeco Field, Chicago's Wrigley Field and Boston's Fenway Park. Given that a stadium like Safeco is double the capacity of Washington-Grizzly, Maes pointed out that the north end zone in Missoula is close to the stage in comparison.

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Entertainment editor for the Missoulian.