RMU students get presale access to Evanescence tickets


Amy Lee singing at the Maquinária Festival.

Garret Roberts, Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor

RMU announced via social media that university students will be receiving a special presale for the Evanescence concert coming to campus this spring. The concert, which takes place on May 12, 2019, will serve as the first concert for the new UPMC Event Center.

The ticket presale is being provided by LiveNation, the event’s promoter, which has promoted other events around the Pittsburgh area. The presale will occur on Thursday, February 14, from 10 A.M. to 10 P.M.

“[Presales] will be available on a case by case basis,” Jonathan Potts, Vice President for Public Relations and Marketing, said. “It’s ultimately each promoters decision.”

Tickets will be available through both LiveNation and Ticketmaster. By purchasing these tickets, students may also be qualified for other events in the future.

“If you participate and buy tickets, you will become a part of the email database for Ticketmaster and receive offers in the future,” Potts said.

While there is no confirmation of a discount for students in the future, RMU is actively advocating for special deals for members of the university. While there is no promise for the reduced price, they will encourage promoters to offer the deals to students.

According to Potts, concerts and other gatherings will be scheduled at the UPMC Event Center by the Oak View Group throughout the year. Events will not interfere with sports scheduling or other university functions.

“Their mandate is to generate revenue on behalf of the university,” Potts said. “So when that facility is not in use by our basketball teams or our volleyball team, we want it to be drawing in concerts, family shows, business shows and conferences.”

Shows will not be exclusive to the summer season. Acting as an entertainment destination for the local community, the new arena will act as a hub for major events in Moon and Coraopolis areas.

Despite the proximity to 2019’s Spring Commencement activities, the show will not affect how the ceremony will be handled.

“This is one of the reason’s we decided to work with a group like OVG that is experienced in running these types of facilities,” Potts said. “This process will be seamless for families, students and staff participating.”