NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A concert ticket tug-of-war is pitting die-hard fans of Barbra Streisand against money-hungry scalpers.
The Brooklyn-born superstar’s one-night-only “Back To Brooklyn” concert is sparking a Babs buying frenzy that is already getting ugly, CBS 2′s Dave Carlin reported Thursday.
Pre-sale tickets for the Oct. 11 show at the new Barclays Center sold out in minutes, and now resellers and scalpers want tens of thousands of dollars for them.
Felicia Rubertone wants to see her idol’s first-ever public concert in the borough of her birth, but scalpers are raining on her parade. The coveted seats are being re-sold at exorbitant amounts, including tickets for four at a jaw-dropping $53,000.
“It’s kind of unfortunate because they’re taking away the opportunity from people like me who idolize her,” Rubertone said.
At the end of the weekend, Rubertone and others can try for regular seats to the event, but they will still face the same dilemma, including re-sellers with sophisticated technology trying to get tickets for a show they never intend to see.
“These people are just in it for money,” Streisand fan Brenda Minerson said.
The CEO of the Barclays Center released the following statement: “As much as we’d like to, we can’t control what ticket buyers do with their tickets. Barbra Streisand performing at Barclays Center is a once in a lifetime event and we truly wish we had enough tickets to satisfy this incredible demand.”
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said he wants to see the system revamped.
“It limits it to the very, very wealthy only,” Markowitz said. “I’m hoping someday soon Congress will look into how we can limit this phenomena of scalpers and resellers.”
As fans push for a federal crackdown on ticket scalping, a quicker fix could come if Streisand added some Brooklyn shows.
When Carlin asked Streisand’s publicist, Ken Sunshine, if extra Brooklyn dates are possible, his answer was “stay tuned.”
The last time Streisand performed publicly on a Brooklyn stage, she was a 7-year-old Yeshiva student.
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