Today is the 15th anniversary of the end of Ticketron…. I have to admit that I had a little something to do with that. I was part of the team that did the conversions at Ticketmaster. This was during my transition from marketing to operations when i worked at Ticketmaster, and my first operations client was one of the first Ticketron clients to come over, convert and go on-sale trough Ticketmaster.
To make a long story short, it was a very long day if I remember correctly…. We had to work some kinks out in the conversion program and had to adjust the remaining seats for the season manually before putting the events back on-sale, assuring that all transfers from one system to the other happened…. No problem, 64 home games left in the season and only about 45,000 seats per game… :o)! But we got it done! We went event by event and checked/corrected/put ’em on-sale and were done by the end of business….
In less than 24 hours we had taken a client that was selling tickets on the Ticketron system, and turned ’em off… transfered all the sales and brought them back up for sale on the Ticketmaster system. It was pretty cool… :o)! 38 days after Ticketmaster purchased select assets of Ticketron, all the clients that were going to, had been converted to the Ticketmaster system, and the Ticketron system was turned off like a light switch….