Tickets for Springsteen’s Verizon show sell out in minutes

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have announced U.S. tour dates, the first leg of which will kick off March 18 in Atlanta. The band and "The Boss" will be at D.C.\'s Verizon Center April 1, with tickets going on sale Saturday. (AP/Jason DeCrow)

WASHINGTON – Bruce Springsteen fans hoping to get tickets to see the Boss at Verizon center in April may have had a frustrated morning.

Tickets for the April 1 show went on sale Saturday at 10 a.m., but tickets seemed to sell out in just minutes.

Many fans took to Twitter to complain, but a Ticketmaster spokeswoman says that there were no problems with the site this morning, and tickets sold out fast because of the high demand.

“That’s just sadly what happens,” says Ticketmaster spokeswoman Jacqueline Peterson. “There’s a lot of demand and little supply.”

Fans reported problems Friday when tickets went on sale for venues in New York and New Jersey.

Peterson told the Wall Street Journal that they believe their website was overwhelmed was likely caused by scalpers.

It’s not clear yet if there was a similar issue for the Verizon Center show.

“We haven’t analyzed the data, so we don’t know if we have experience that kind of spike in traffic, but we had no issues today,” Peterson tells WTOP.

By 11:45 a.m. Saturday, nearly 800 tickets were for the Verizon Center show were on sale on StubHub. They ranged in price from $168 to $743.

They were originally priced between $71 and $101.

Problems during Springsteen’s last tour, in 2009, prompted an investigation by the D.C. Attorney General, as well as a class-action lawsuit, and an investigation by the Federal Trade commission.

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