RodeoHouston: Demand for tickets causes purchasing problems

When concert goers hit the web to buy tickets Saturday, many found out they couldn't
January 18, 2014 9:43:04 PM PST
Tickets for RodeoHouston went on sale this morning at 10am, but the process might not have gone as smoothly as Rodeo officials or fans might have hoped

Tickets officially went on sale at 10am. But at 10:29am, RodeoHouston tweeted, "We are aware of the issues w/ @Ticketmaster. Please continue to remain patient. Thank you for your support!"

Then at around 1pm, RodeoHouston officials released the following statement:

    "Due to the extreme demand for 2014 RODEOHOUSTON tickets this morning, the Ticketmaster system had difficulty processing the amount of requests received.

    Some users experienced incorrect messages online, to include mobile transactions, referencing that tickets were not on sale for various entertainers, as well as long, fluctuating wait times.

    We apologize to our RODEOHOUSTON fans, and want to let them know that Ticketmaster's online system has now caught up with the demand. We invite our fans to check back at ticketmaster.com/rodeohouston to purchase tickets.

    While a few performances have a limited amount of tickets available, there are still plenty of tickets available for most performances.

    "We value each and every one of our RODEOHOUSTON fans," said Leroy Shafer, chief operating officer of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo?. "We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience they may have encountered."

Were you having issues buying tickets? That's what we asked you on Facebook and Twitter, and many of you said you were.

This year's lineup features entertainers like Brad Paisley, Reba, Usher, Selena Gomez and Maroon 5.

You can get tickets at rodeohouston.com, through all Ticketmaster outlets, and by phone at 800-726-1313.

Rodeo ticket prices range from $18 to $21, plus Ticketmaster convenience and handling charges (a few performances may have a limited number of tickets available from $24 to $86). Upper level Value Wednesday tickets are $10.

A limited number of Chute Seats, located directly behind the bucking chutes, are available for $200 and $300, and include food, soft drinks, and the opportunity to watch the star entertainer from the Reliant Stadium floor. [FULL TICKET INFO AND ENTERTAINERS]

The Rodeo begins March 4.

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