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Ticketmaster's TicketExchange Resale Service Expands for Events in British Columbia

Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 03:30

BRITISH COLUMBIA, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Ticketmaster, the world's leading ticketing company, has launched its TicketExchange resale service for events in Vancouver at the Pacific Coliseum at the PNE, General Motors Place and BC Place. The three Vancouver venues and the BC Lions football team are among 26 event providers in Canada that have deployed Ticketmaster's secure venue- authorized resale service to enable their ticket holders to resell tickets to other fans.

Here's how it works: Fans who purchase tickets through Ticketmaster to events at these venues and find that they are unable to use their tickets may visit the TicketExchange area of Ticketmaster.ca and post their tickets for sale to other fans. Fans may visit TicketExchange to peruse and purchase tickets offered for sale by other fans. The TicketExchange transaction is entirely automated and processed by Ticketmaster, the recognized and trusted brand for event ticketing. Fans who purchase tickets through TicketExchange receive a brand new ticket with a new and unique barcode identifying the buyer as the new owner of that ticket. Fans who purchase tickets through Ticketmaster by phone or online or through TicketExchange may select to have their tickets delivered electronically via TicketFast®, Ticketmaster's online ticket delivery service.

"We initially launched TicketExchange for our Maroon 5 concert on November 3 and we have since expanded the service for all events," said Laura Balance, Spokesperson, Pacific National Exhibition. "TicketExchange is an important part of our ongoing commitment to provide the highest quality services to our guests. Fans that purchase tickets through TicketExchange can rest assured that they are purchasing a valid ticket to see the show."

"TicketExchange has been in place for the majority of Maroon 5's US tour dates and we're very pleased to be able to offer the service to the band's fans in Canada as well," Maroon 5's manager, Jordan Feldstein of Career Artist Management. "Maroon 5 wants to ensure that their fans have fair and convenient access to tickets and this includes providing them with an authorized site to buy and resell tickets and avoid potentially fraudulent resellers."

"Fans deserve a safe and legitimate environment to resell their tickets," said Tom Worrall, COO, Ticketmaster Canada. "Venues that enable TicketExchange are providing their event-goers with greater protection, choice, flexibility and value. Fans benefit from access to venue-authorized resale and event providers benefit from the ability to connect directly with their guests while protecting them from fraud and deception."

"We are extremely pleased to increase the level of service we offer to our valued season ticket holders and all BC Lions fans," said George Chayka, Vice President, Business Operations, BC Lions. "TicketExchange provides our Season Ticket Holders with an authorized site to resell their tickets and for fans to avoid potentially fraudulent resellers when purchasing tickets. With Ticketmaster we know that our fans receive the very best ticketing technology and service available."

Ticketmaster's TicketExchange currently serves as the exclusive authorized ticket resale service for events held at Canadian venues including:

  Pacific Coliseum (Vancouver)
  PNE Agridome , (Vancouver)
  PNE Forum, (Vancouver)
  General Motors Place (Vancouver)
  BC Place (Vancouver)
  Air Canada Center (Calgary)
  Southern Jubilee Auditorium (Calgary)
  Air Canada Centre (Toronto)
  General Motors Centre (Oshawa)
  Ricoh Coliseum (Toronto)
  BMO Field (Toronto)
  Hershey Centre (Mississauga)
  Hamilton Place Theatre (Hamilton)
  Hamilton Convention Centre (Hamilton)
  Pacific Coliseum (Hamilton)
  Rexall Place (Edmonton)
  Northlands Agricom (Edmonton)
  Northlands Sportex (Edmonton)
  Northlands Spectrum (Edmonton)
  Northern Jubilee Auditorium (Edmonton)
  MTS Centre (Winnipeg)
  Brandon Keystone Centre (Brandon)
  McEwan Hall (Calgary)
  AMEC Entertainment (Merritt, BC)
  Copps Coliseum (Hamilton)
  Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (Toronto)

Hockey fans in BC are already familiar with Ticketmaster's ticket resale service. The Vancouver Canucks pioneered the offering during the 2003-04 NHL season with the launch of the Prime Seat Club. The club allows buyers access to tickets posted for sale by season ticket holders.

About Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster is the world's leading ticketing company, operating in 20 global markets, providing ticket sales, ticket resale services, marketing and distribution through http://www.ticketmaster.com/, one of the largest e-commerce sites on the Internet, and international Web sites including http://www.ticketmaster.ca/; approximately 6,500 retail outlets; and 20 worldwide call centers. Ticketmaster celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2006 and currently serves more than 9,000 clients worldwide across multiple event categories, providing exclusive ticketing services for hundreds of leading arenas, stadiums, performing arts venues, museums, and theaters. In 2006, the company sold more than 128 million tickets valued at over $7 billion on behalf of its clients. Ticketmaster is headquartered in West Hollywood, California and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).

SOURCE: Ticketmaster

CONTACT: Bonnie Poindexter of Ticketmaster, +1-310-360-2321

Web site: http://www.ticketmaster.com/

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