Tuesday night, Ticketmaster extinguished the hopes of thousands of Bruce Springsteen fans with emails explaining that they were “on standby” for the “Springsteen on Broadway” ticket lottery.
“Due to extremely high demand, we are unable to confirm your access for the #VerifiedFan Onsale. Should additional #VerifiedFan codes become available, we will notify you via text message. Please keep in mind ticket inventory will be extremely limited and tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis,” the email said.
So what does that mean? It means there’s still a chance you may be sent one of those coveted access codes and links, to enter the ticket-buying room Wednesday morning — still, a code doesn’t guarantee seats — but you won’t receive a code until after the tickets go on sale at 10 a.m.
At the very best-case scenario, you’ll get a code late this morning, get a late start, and pray to the Bruce gods that you somehow snag tickets.
Think of it as being wait-listed for an uber-exclusive college you applied to, but worse: it’s not a 100 percent “you aren’t getting in,” but it seems extremely unlikely considering how few tickets are available for the 40 shows between Oct. 3 and Thanksgiving: less than 40,000 — likely closer to 30,000 after family, friends and press tickets are accounted for — and how quickly Springsteen’s tickets for anything sell out.
If you haven’t received an email yet, that’s good news: codes and links are supposed to be sent out between 6 and 8 a.m. Wednesday. There’s still hope for you!
Springsteen fans, none of whom were told they could be put “on standby” in Ticketmaster’s new two-step “Verified Fan” buying method, took to social media late Tuesday to express their frustrations that their veritable Christmas morning wasn’t coming.
Were you put “on standby”? Are you annoyed that you got squeezed out of a Bruce show yet again? Tell us in the comments.