GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Fair has decided to charge a $6 fee for assigned seats at arena concerts this summer in Grand Island.
At previous fairs, people had to wait in line for wristbands that would get them into the arena for free, but seats were not assigned. That often led to long lines and uncertainty about whether there would be enough seats. Also, the wristbands were handed out only on the day of the concert.
"After a considerable amount of feedback from previous years' concertgoers, a lot of people expressed that they would prefer to pay a small fee to have a reserved seat in the arena and have the peace of mind to know they have an assigned seat," said fair events and entertainment director Chelsey Jungck. She told The Grand Island Independent (http://bit.ly/UD2y8u ) that the decision to impose what's being called a "convenience fee" was made after last year's fair.
This year's fair runs Aug. 22 through Sept. 1. Arena shows will include pop group Karmin, classic rock band Styx and country singer Chris Young.
Concertgoers can now buy tickets online through Etix, which also provides services for fair gate admissions, Jungck said. The process also lets people who don't live near Grand Island have a shot at tickets for shows by their favorite performers in the fair's lineup.
"The wristband system was really only beneficial to people who lived in town," she said.
People still can acquire the tickets at the fairgrounds' Heartland Events Center box office or by calling 308-398-1480. The fee remains $6 regardless of the method.
Information from: The Grand Island Independent, http://www.theindependent.com