When Miley Cyrus tickets for her Sept. 29 show at the EnergySolutions Arena go on sale tomorrow, June 13, there will be a new element.
You won’t be able to print out the tickets. Nor will you be able to pick them up at the EnergySolutions Arena box office.
Because Cyrus’ show is officially a “paperless ticket” tour.
Here’s the skinny:
You buy tickets online or by phone using a credit card.
The day of the show, you bring that credit card and valid ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.) to the arena and go right up to the entrance.
After the security looks at the ID and credit card to make sure you are who you claim to be, they swipe the credit card and print out your seat locator.
Sounds good in theory, right? I mean, this way fans can get premium seats without worrying about scalpers taking all the good ones.
However, there is a problem with this. First, how many Miley Cyrus fans — tweeners and a little older — have their own credit cards?
Parents who want to just drop their kids off at the show will have to find parking (which in most cases means paying for parking) and walk their kids up to the entrance to get their credit cards swiped.
It’s either that or the parents can give their kids the cards, but then the kids would have to have a driver’s license or a passport.
Now, I’m not sure about other parents, but what with the threat of identity theft, I don’t think I could trust a young child with a credit card andr a passport.
And this is just one disadvantage to a paperless tour. That doesn’t even include the long lines that will undoubtedly block the venue’s entrances.
On the good side, the paperless tour means Cyrus’ camp at least appears to want to protect fans from scalpers and appear green.
So, what do you think?