This year’s spring concert featuring Kid Cudi is showing strong ticket sales, with the majority of tickets from the Student Association Ticket Office sold to Geneseo students.
According to Dianne Krenzer, student association service manager, the ticket office has sold about 1,660 of the 2,200 available concert tickets. Of the 1,660 tickets sold, 540 have been sold at public rather than student rates. Because only 100 of the 540 public-priced tickets were sold online or off-campus, Krenzer said she believes that at least 400 of the 540 public-priced tickets were purchased by Geneseo students.
Krezner credited the longer presale period and the limits placed on ticket purchasing to the large proportion of tickets sold to students. During the presale – which was open only to the Geneseo campus community – students were limited to purchasing one extra ticket at the general public price, whereas last year they were limited to five.
According to Krenzer, there has been little advertising for the Kid Cudi concert outside of campus, and no tickets have been sold to other schools.
“Coming off of last year, I think students were upset about how quickly tickets went … Ideally, we would like more students at our shows,” she said.
Changes to the ticket sale process were made in response to last year’s Ke$ha concert, which sold out quickly with a large portion of the tickets going to non-students.
Krenzer said that the Activities Commission has also worked to book bigger artists to perform at Geneseo and to stimulate campus interest in the concert. She cited the Gym Class Heroes concert two years ago – when low ticket sales forced Activities Commission to make the concert free – as an example of a concert with low student interest.
According to Krezner, this year’s ticket transactions have gone smoothly; within an hour and a half of its opening, the ticket office sold 400 tickets, keeping lines short. Freshman Brieanna Cervoni said that buying tickets “was so easy; there was no one in line at all.”
Of last year’s ticket sales, sophomore Katie Cardo said, “It was miserable. I feel like I waited for hours.”
Krezner said that even without a focus on off-campus ticket sales, “I really believe we’ll sell the concert out.”