24 Maggio 2007

Italian Groups Protest Streisand Ticket Prices

Italian consumer groups, incensed by ticket prices of $200 to $1,200, are urging the authorities to cancel a concert by Barbra Streisand, scheduled for the 24,000-seat Stadio Flaminio in Rome on June 15, The Associated Press reported. In an appeal to the City of Rome, which owns the stadium, and the Italian Olympic Committee, which manages it, the consumer groups Adusbef and Codacons called the ticket prices “absurd and shameful.“ Their statement said the stadium was “public property and cannot be used for immoral deals that are shameful to a civilized country.“ Concert organizers were not immediately available for comment. The performance in Rome, at the start of Ms. Streisand`s European tour, would be her first in Italy. Tickets for her London shows in July, also with a top price of $1,200, sold out within minutes this month, organizers said.

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