How is it that when tickets went on sale the only way you could get Pit Tickets was to buy the VIP Experience $200 each, but the radio station has been giving away Pit Tickets like CRAZY? Doesn't seem to make since.
I don't know how many tickets you were trying to buy but I was able buy a pit ticket for Bossier City a day after tickets went on sale. There should be no reserved seating at eric church shows. Hell the crowd doesn't want it Eric doesn't want it it shouldn't be there. I saw Eric in Aberdeen Washington last October and it was all reserved seating, I was in the twentieth row which is the furthest I've been from the stage from one of his shows. When he came out for the encore he'd had enough and told the crowd to rush the stage. Needless to say the owners of the place weren't happy, but Eric was and so were the real fans. It was a great show because for the first time eric got to play every song off of Chief.
I actually prefer to have the floor be pit and have no problem with having a "no chairs" environment there. The crowd is able to get a lot more into the show. It's a rowdy good time and not for the timid...the shows never have been. I think the fans that have been seeing Eric's shows for a long time respect that a lot. He isn't like the rest of 'em and doesn't ever want to try to be. I fully support offering as many pit tickets as possible versus the reserved seating. Might I add that this also reduces the value of the pit ticket for scalpers because of the increased availability.
Calling it a pit ticket is misleading. The whole floor is the pit . The floor from the stage to the sound board is standing only. (that is the pit). The show in Norfolk I attended there was plenty of room granted towards the back but the floor was not that big. It is only a problem if you have to be right up on the stage. I believe this is also an Eric Church pet peeve. He wants the crowd right up on the stage and not sitting down. When he comes to this outdoor concerts series we have in Virginia there is know gold circle seating at his request. Regular show have a roped off area in front with maybe 500 chairs.
I just can't imagine a GA Pit there.
When I saw EC at Centennial Terrance in Sylvania, OH this past summer, I waited a good 6+ hours in line so I could get up front. Sure enough, I was...but there was A LOT of pushing/shoving/fighting.
When I saw Dierks Bentley in Monroe, MI this past summer, there was a girl on girl fight with beer being poured all over.
I guess I've just never had a good experience in a pit?
I guess I just imagined that Church Choir/VIP would have their own area? Or a pit THEN a general admission area.
The problem with the May 10th show in Toledo is that the entire floor is going to be General Admission
I thought it was the best thing ever when I purchased pit tickets two days for his May 10 show using my *special* ticketmaster code provided by the Church Choir. However, I'm now seeing that everyone, using the radio pre-sale code, is getting pit tickets.
While I'm grateful I'm going...I thought VIPs and Church Choir would have an advantage over everyone else : \