2023 in review – May

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SI Tickets and primary sales

SI Tickets, the Sports Illustrated-backed ticketing site, announced its entry into the primary ticketing market in May, through the launch of a new self-service event management and platform that incorporates NFT and non-NFT tickets solutions. Box Office by SI Tickets was developed in partnership with Web3’s ConsenSys and powered by Polygon’s blockchain technology. 

CAF targets online ticketing

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) launched an invitation to tender for a ticketing services provider for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Côte d’Ivoire. The tournament turned to online ticketing for the first time, to encourage football fans to purchase tickets earlier. 

UK Government says no

The UK Government rejected the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA) recommendations on secondary ticketing, almost two years after they were made. The government said that it did not intend to introduce further regulation in this area, and would instead focus on “its consumer protection measures in the recently introduced Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers (DMCC) Bill”.

Gearing up for Paris 2024

Sports fans fan were lapping up the opportunity to purchase tickets for next year’s Olympic Games in Paris, France. Some 1.5 million tickets sold out in just 48 hours during this sales phase. The 1.5 million single tickets covered more than 700 competition sessions, and went on sale through the official Paris 2024 ticketing platform. During phase two, around 300,000 tickets were priced at €24. The tickets were open to around four million people who had registered beforehand.