If you attend any kind of sporting event whether this is on a national or a worldwide basis then there are many general terms and conditions that you will be subject to.
These will often be produced in a short form on the back of the physical ticket and in a longer form at the place of purchase which is more often than not the website which you purchase the ticket from. In every case when you purchase a ticket for a sporting event online you will be required to state that you agree to the ticketing general terms and conditions before you are able to purchase the ticket.
What is included in the General Ticketing Terms and Conditions for a sporting event?
The key provisions which are included in ticketing terms and conditions are as follows:
- Entry to the stadium
- Limitation on transferring the ticket
- Sound and image recordings
- Ambush marketing and other marketing activities
- Acceptance of risk and liability
Entry to the Stadium
The ticketing terms and conditions will specify that only the holder of a valid ticket will be permitted entry to the stadium and will only be provided with access to the specific areas designated on the ticket.
This provision may seem obvious but it is of significant importance as it helps protect your safety within the stadium by protecting the designated segregation between rival supporters.
This provision will also state that you will not be provided with access to the stadium if one of the following scenarios occurs:
That the person is noticeably under the influence of alcohol, narcotics or any other behaviour modifying substance
If that person is behaving, or is likely to behave, violently, harmfully or in a manner which is liable to disrupt public order or cause a nuisance to the other ticket holders
If that person has not complied with any of the other conditions imposed by the terms and conditions
Again this is designed to protect those individuals already within the stadium and their enjoyment of the spectacle. For certain high profile sporting events where there is significant safety concerns certain data is taken from individuals when they purchase tickets such as their name, address and passport number. These will be checked upon entry to the stadium and access will be denied if they do not match the details provided by the customer.
This is designed to ensure safety within the stadium and to protect against a black market of tickets.
Transfer of Tickets
It is often provided for in ticketing terms and conditions that the holder of the ticket may not sell, offer for resale, resell, donate or otherwise transfer their ticket in any way without the prior approval of the body in control of the ticketing for the match or event.
This provision is also designed to ensure safety within the stadium in that each seat is occupied by the appropriate person but it is also there to ensure against a black market of tickets developing and to protect various rights of sponsors and partners of the event.
If people are found to be selling tickets outside the ground – a process known as touting – then the event organiser will be able to rely on this provision to stop the selling occurring and stop anyone holding a ticket sold in this manner in gaining access to the stadium.
Protection of Sponsors
Often the official sponsors of an event or match will run ticket promotions offering the chance to win tickets following the purchase of their product. It is often the case that un-official promotions are also run by competing companies who are not sponsors. If this is the case this provision enables these operations to be shut down as the ticketing will have been transferred to the company in contravention of the ticketing terms and conditions.
For more information on:
- Is the prohibition on the transfer of tickets in violation of the rights of consumers?
- Sound and Image Recordings
- Ambush Marketing and Other Marketing activities
- Acceptance of Risk and Liability