Walmart Concerts Has New Ticket System
Thousands of Walmart shareholders and associates from around the world are in Northwest Arkansas for their annual meeting. They’re enjoying one of the big perks such as the Carrie Underwood concert at Bud Walton Arena on the University of Arkansas campus.
“First come, first serve. I don’t see why not,” Katie Scanlan said on her way to the concert.
Scanlan refers to the way Walmart distributed its tickets this year. It was associates only and that’s why it was closed to the public.
“I think in half an hour it was all gone. All the tickets were taken up,” Benjemin Do said, who got tickets from his sister who works for Walmart.
All the tickets were claimed by Walmart associates through Ticketmaster.
“I like it, it was pretty easy. I got mine,” Kristy Griggs said.
This meant no more lines outside concerts and no seats left for the general public.
“I think it’s awesome because if you are an associate you get to just log on and get seats automatically and you don’t have to try to get there early and wait in line forever,” Kelsey Lamb said.
Some concert goers said it’s only fair since it’s a Walmart sponsored event.
“I mean Walmart kind of puts it on. They are putting out the money for it so I can see why they want their employees to come first,” Mike Dablemont said.
Many got tickets through friends or relatives.
“My best friend works for Walmart. She does the Home Office and she was like hey you want some tickets? You off? She said it took 12 minutes for this to get sold out.” Elizabeth Waddle.
Walmart officials said the concerts are held to thank associates for their hard work throughout the year. This year more associates than ever are attending because of the excitement surrounding the 50th anniversary celebration.