Dave Matthews Charity Concert Sells Out in Seconds
A much-anticipated acoustic concert with hometown hero Dave Matthews sold out in just seconds Friday morning. Although it's a benefit show where you can support your favorite charity, it is already well apparent that non-profits aren't the only ones that are going to be profiting off these tickets.
Click on StubHub or other ticket sites and people have already priced those seats for far more than they paid for them. And while charities may not lose out on the donation from Friday's sales, some say it's a shame scalpers are taking this opportunity to turn a profit. Every orchestra seat, lawn chair and standing room spot in the nTelos Wireless Pavilion will be filled.
NTelos Wireless Pavilion General Manager Kirby Hutto said on Friday, "We'll have to bring our A game for that night."
The Dave Matthews-Tim Reynolds Show was a 3 minute sell out. Aside from the Charlottesville star power, 100 percent of the sales will go to the ticket holder's charity of choice. Sounds like a good deal for area non-profits, right?
"If someone's thinking about maybe paying a little bit more for a ticket, how about you just send us a check?" Margaret Mikkelson, of the Sexual Assault Resource Center joked.
Check online and you can already see desperate buyers and high-priced sellers posting well above face value for the seats, topping out at $1,500 for a pair of tickets.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville Director of Development Katie Kellett said, "It's not ideal, but it's all right. We're just going to appreciate everything that we get. Even though scalping is legal in Virginia, it's something the pavilion tries to fight.
"We've got a lot of systems in place to keep scalpers from buying tickets, to stop them when they're trying to resell tickets online and that's an ongoing process. We've got a whole crew of people who are dedicated to that," explained Hutto.
With non-profit money possibly on the line, that mission becomes even more important. "The more money raised for the community, the better. We will all benefit," said Mikkelson.
Hutto added, "We're hopefully going to be raising a lot of money for a lot of good causes, and you know, that good cause is not some scalper's pocket."
People paid anywhere from $50 to $135 for the seats. Once the tickets arrive in their mailbox, they'll be able to go to a website, type in a code and donate the value of their ticket to whichever charity they choose.