County urged to beef up scalping laws

The founder of a group called Taxpayers for Tickets urged Sedgwick County commissioners Tuesday to strengthen and enforce laws on ticket scalping so that all residents have an opportunity to see shows at Intrust Bank Arena.

Organizer Todd Allen noted that the Taylor Swift concert sold out in 15 minutes, leaving many who had hoped to see the April 1 show without tickets.

Allen said city and county leaders are pointing fingers at each other as to whose responsibility it is to enforce scalping laws. The city has a scalping law that requires a $200 license for people who resell tickets, but no one has applied for one.

Allen said tickets for performers scheduled to appear at the arena have been listed for sale on sites such as eBay and Craigslist.

He expressed frustration that city officials told him the arena was a county issue while county officials pointed to the city law.

District Attorney Nola Foulston has advocated pushing for a statewide law on ticket scalping.

Commissioner Kelly Parks urged Allen to report to police any tickets being sold on eBay and Craigslist for far more than their face value.

Arena officials have stressed that promoters control when and how tickets are sold for concerts.