Blunder leaves fans angry over Rod's gig

ROD Stewart fans could be in for a rude shock when they arrive for his Portman Road concert this summer following a major administration blunder, it was revealed today.

ROD Stewart fans could be in for a rude shock when they arrive for his Portman Road concert this summer following a major administration blunder, it was revealed today.

Ticketmaster has admitted making the mistake of mixing up seating arrangements for the concert on July 3, between “A” Block on the pitch and “A” Stand - which is the Cobbold stand at the other end of the pitch.

The error could leave some fans with restricted views - despite them booking to sit elsewhere.

The organisation refused to say whether it will be dozens or hundreds of fans affected by the error but insisted it is a “small number”.

Around 24,000 people are expected to pay between £50 and £65 to see the concert.

Denise and David Turner booked their tickets on the pitch for £65 each, but when they received them they discovered they were booked in “A” Stand, where tickets are £60.

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Mrs Turner, 54, from Great Maplestead, Essex, said: “When we called up Ticketmaster, they said we would have to pay up front for replacement tickets and apply for a refund for the tickets we were sent.

“We have now ended up with seats further back because by the time we got through to re-order tickets, all the best seats had gone. We also had to pay another booking fee to add salt to the wounds.

“At least we know Portman Road well enough to realise the error but we feel sure that there will be many others who take the ticket at face value and will in fact be badly let down.”

A spokesman for Ticketmaster said: “Our customer services department is aware that there has been a problem with a small number of tickets. We are currently investigating what has happened and we are in the process of contacting those affected to correct this.

“If anyone has any problems of this nature, they should call the Ticketmaster customer services team on 0870 153 5533.”

Ipswich is one of six destinations the veteran singer will visit on his nationwide tour throughout June and July.

Have you been affected by the seating error? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN,

or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.