On Saturday, October 27, 2013 my partner and I attended the Madonna concert using the Ultimate VIP Package.We purchased a presale code for $20 which stated we would be assigned seats according to those that bought them first. We were both on our computers the moment the presale VIP tickets went on sale.We did not & could not see our seats until the night of the concert.We paid $3, 000 for two “front seat” Tickets. The seating chart we saw, almost a year before the concert, showed the usual arrangement wher front row tickets are actually in front of the stage. We were deceived by false/improper advertising. Our seats were in Floor Section B, Row 1 Seats 7 and 8. We could not find out our seat assignments until the night of the concert. So we were very upset to see the stage configuration in which we were at the very far end of the “stage” which was actually more like a runway. We also noticed the center opening in the stage was full of standing room only people who had an Amazing view & it further obstructed our $3K view..They created over 100 “1st row tickets by extending the Stage to the 50 yard line of the usual football field. The stage was so far away, I could not see it. I voiced my concerns to the people sitting next to us and they said they paid $500 for their tickets. At most 10% of the show was on the “Runway” around us. us. The rest of the show we spent trying to see the show on the actual stage around tall security guards that continually stood in front of us as well as someone filming the show who hit me numerous times with his camera as well as completely blocking my view. This is unacceptable for the price we were charged. Had I know when I went to purchase these tickets where these seats were, I would certainly not have purchased them! I needed binoculars to see Madonna which I did not bring as I thought we had FRONT ROW SEATS. People from seats behind me kept coming into the front row. I was ready to walk out but I had paid too much money for this experience and was going to stay to the end. This was the most disappointing concert experience I have ever had. We sawStevie Nicks in the same venue two weeks before this, & we were right in front of her. The seat arrangement was the samethat we see on the internet for this venue.not kind of in the front, not to the side – but in the FRONT of the artist. I am sure the guy with the large movie camera could have stood somewhere else or maybe we could have been warned we would have an obstructed view and be compensated for that issue. I am very angry and upset and feel I was robbed of $3000.00. If this was a “Ultimate VIP Package”, there was very little VIP involved. VIP Nation, Live Nation, & Ticketmaster have joined however no one will claim this problem.
So, how do you handle the customers who feel your “experience” did not meet the expectations you promise? I am sick with the fact I paid $3000.00 to basically sit in the back. I will be sharing this experience with others as people should know what to expect from these so called “VIP” packages. I will never buy any tickets again without knowing the stage configuration and seat numbers. How could we be so far back when we purchased tickets immediately with a purchased presale code? How could at the end of the runway part of the stage be considered a front row seat when there were people actually standing in front of the stage? Photo attached is our view with a 300 meter Zoom Lens.
We were mislead by false and incomplete advertising and should be compensated at the very least for the obstructed view (and by the hits from the large movie camera to my face and upper body).They also stated they were a Better Business Bureau Recommended Business but when I checked after this experience, they had a “F” Rating.VIP Nation has refused any compensation. Ticketmaster states it isn't their issue although one woman accidentally told me our “ACTUAL” tickets were voided two days before the concert & new ones were issued.They also advertised themselves as a Better Business Bureau recommended Business but after the concert, I checked & they actually had an "F" Rating.
Ultimate VIP Package
Madonna @ New Orleans
2 1, 500.00 3, 000.00
Saturday, Oct 27
New Orleans, Louisiana,
Instructions for Ultimate VIP Package
You must bring a valid PHOTO ID matching the MAIN ATTENDEE name on this order. Those who
cannot present a photo ID matching the ATTENDEE name on the order, will be turned away.
PACKAGES ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE
S u b j e c t : Madonna NEW ORLEANS October 27th - Ultimate VIP Itinerary
New Orleans Arena. NEW ORLEANS. October 21'A 2012
Madonna Ultimate VTP Package
Just a reminder... These packages are not transferable. Please check directly with the venue for their camera policy.
Then get ready to enjoy the show from your seat(s) in the front row! Exact seat location available at show.