Bruce Springsteen plays to a crowd of over 60,000 fans in Gothenburg. Photo: Lasse Nilsson.
man suspected of selling tickets for spots that did not exist

Springsteen concert draws record numbers . . . and suspected fraud

The American rock-star, Bruce Springsteen, brought out a huge crowd for his concert Friday night at the Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg. According to the organizer, Live Nation, 66,018 people came to hear the Boss – a new public record for the venue, according to Swedish Radio news.

However, it some of the people who had expected to number amongst the crowd were not able to get their tickets. Right before the concert started, police took a man from the ticket company, Biljett Nu, in for questioning on suspicion of fraud and later arrested him, reports Swedish Radio news.

"He is suspected of intentionally selling tickets that would not be delivered," says Peter Adlersson, spokesperson for the police in Västra Götaland, to news agency TT. The suspect denies the accusations, according to Swedish Radio news.

Yesterday, Biljett Nu apologized to its disappointed customers on its website and described the way it had handled tickets to the Springsteen concerts as "unacceptable". (Affected customers can get a refund by e-mailing and including their bank account information and order number.)

Kristina Broberg Engstrand is one of the disappointed fans who had travelled from Stockholm to see the concert. She had bought tickets for the equivalent of about US$ 174 a pop, more than the normal price, but could not get in to the concert, because the company did not produce the tickets.

"It feels terrible, because we won't be able to have the experience that we were looking forward to for about half a year," she told Swedish Radio news.

But the lucky ones got to see Springsteen play for a whopping 3 hours and 45 minutes, beginning with the "Promised Land" and finishing with "Twist and Shout."

The stadium is sold out for Springsteen's Saturday night performance.

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