UW-Green Bay signs ticketing agreement with Ticket Star, PMI
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and PMI Entertainment Group have entered into an agreement that will have PMI’s Ticket Star service assume responsibility for ticketing most major performances at the University and the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.
The first booking affected by the change will be the Dec. 7 Weidner Center concert by rock singer-songwriter Bryan Adams.
Officials expect ticket buyers will experience a seamless transition as the University migrates from a campus-specific service to one that meshes with the Ticket Star system. Service fees — whether built into the ticket pricing or reflected as handling charges — will be comparable.
The primary impact will be more convenience and a new array of options as UW-Green Bay signs on as a Ticket Star partner and outlet.
“Not only can students, employees and visitors come to our ticket desk on campus to buy tickets for events here, they’ll now additionally be able to purchase seats for Resch Center and Meyer Theatre shows, Phoenix men’s and women’s games, Gamblers games, the whole array,” says Tom Maki, UW-Green Bay’s vice chancellor for business and finance.
“The other primary benefit, in turn, is that community people — at least those who like to buy their tickets in-person and who live some distance away — won’t have to make a special trip to campus to make their purchase in advance. You can get your seats for most Weidner shows at any Ticket Star outlet.”
Those outlets, in addition to the newest at UW-Green Bay, include the Resch Center box office, Oneida Casino, Festival Foods stores in Appleton and Oshkosh, Curry’s Foods in Marinette, and Dr. Freuds Records & Tapes in Manitowoc.
At UW-Green Bay, the University Ticketing and Information Center on the main level of the University Union is the primary ticketing location. It is staffed from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 10 to 10 on Saturdays and Sundays.
A second campus outlet, the Weidner Center box office, will return to holding operating hours only on performance dates at the facility, 90 minutes prior to curtain.
Online options for purchasing concert and show tickets, previously available through UW-Green Bay’s in-house ticketing service, will only be expanded through the Ticket Star affiliation, Maki said.
The new arrangement will apply to most Weidner performances including those promoted by tenants such as the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra and the non-profit community organization Weidner Center Presents, Inc. Not all ticketed events at the University, however, will be marketed using the Ticket Star option. It is expected that most performances in venues such as the University Theatre and the University Union’s Phoenix Room will continue to be handled solely via the on-campus outlets and at-the-door, night-of-event ticketing. This would include student theatre and music ensembles, as well as visiting artists, acts and speakers marketed primarily to an on-campus student audience.
The UW-Green Bay men’s basketball team plays home games at the Resch Center and has a pre-existing affiliation with PMI and Ticket Star. With the new, Universitywide agreement, the Phoenix women’s basketball and volleyball programs will also make tickets for their home dates at the Kress Events Center available via the Ticket Star network. This will be in addition to availability at the Kress box office operated by the Office of Intercollegiate Athletics.