Entertainment event ticket purchase and exchange system

  • US 10,217,065 B2
  • Filed: 09/19/2014
  • Issued: 02/26/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/22/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for selling and exchanging electronic tickets for entertainment events, comprising:

  • a patron interface via which patrons purchase electronic tickets for an entertainment event at a venue from a vendor;

    a storage system which stores information regarding electronic tickets purchased by patrons;

    a seating system which determines an assignment of seats at said venue for respective electronic tickets purchased for the entertainment event, and dynamically re-allocates the seat assignments as additional tickets are obtained by patrons prior to the entertainment event; and

    an entry system having at least one access control device with a reader at the venue of an event, which;

    (i) communicates with said seating system prior to the beginning of the entertainment event, to receive information regarding the seats that have been assigned to purchased tickets,(ii) is responsive to presentation of identifying information pertaining to an entering patron at said reader to communicate with said storage system and determine whether the identified patron is an owner of an electronic ticket for the entertainment event,(iii) in response to said determination, automatically provides the entering patron who is determined to be associated with an electronic ticket with physical access to the venue at which the entertainment event is being presented, and(iv) provides the entering patron with an indication of the seat that has been assigned to the electronic ticket associated with the entering patron, at the time that entry is provided by said access control device.

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