Tickets for the Green Day's Uno!, Dos!, Tr! tour Nov. 27 at the Toyota Arena in Kennewick won't be so easy to scalp with Ticketmaster's new process of issuing tickets.
Concertgoers will be required to show government issued photo identification as well as the credit card used in purchasing the ticket when they pick up their tickets for the popular rock band's show at the Toyota Center box office.
Each customer also will be limited to purchasing four tickets to the show.
"No actual paper tickets will be distributed until the day of the show, even if you buy online, by phone or the box office," said Jude Strode, marketing director for the Toyota Center. "Prior to the day of the show, a time will be announced for ticket owners to show up to pick up their tickets at will call.
"This is to virtually eliminate scalpers. No one can buy a ticket and then sell it to someone else. These guys (Ticketmaster) are not messing around."
Strode said the Green Day concert is the first time tickets will be sold in this manner to Toyota Center and Toyota Arena events.
"It might be a bit of a madhouse, but it will be well staffed to cut down on any delays," Strode added.
The new ticket sale system is something that has been implemented at larger venues but is the first time for Tri-City events.
There are fewer than 2,000 tickets available for sale for the Green Day show and with the band's popularity, Strode figures those won't last long.
"I am sure there will be a way for a few people to make a few bucks but that will probably be a few locals and not the big scalpers out of the major cities," she said. "Someone always comes up with a way to foil the system."
Tickets to the Grammy-winning band's concert are $49.50 and are available at the box office, at all Ticketmaster outlets, which is in Fred Meyer stores in the Tri-City area, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org