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Beyonce coming to D.C., but good luck getting tickets

Monday - 2/11/2013, 3:07pm  ET

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Beyoncé speaks during a news conference Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in New Orleans. Beyoncé will perform at the Verizon Center in D.C. on July 29. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Beyonce tickets: Going, going, gone

WTOP's Randi Martin tries to get concert tickets

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Andrew Mollenbeck, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - Beyoncé already performed at President Barack Obama's inauguration and the Super Bowl halftime show this year. Now, she's setting off on a world tour called "The Mrs. Carter Show," and one of those dates is at Verizon Center.

Tickets were expected to go on sale Monday at 10 a.m., but fans will likely need a timely click and some luck to score a seat.

"Fans should expect this show to sell out anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes," says Chris Grimm, a spokesperson for Fan Freedom.

That organization is using this event as an example of why it believes fans are often kept out of the loop.

"When tickets go on sale for the general public, there's maybe 10 percent, 15 percent of the total tickets actually available," Grimm says.

The reason behind that is most tickets have already been allocated to such things as fan clubs, premium credit card members or promoters. Live Nation has an application offering pre-sale tickets to Beyoncé's show.

To that point, some pre-sale ticket holders have already posted their seats online.

"Most of the tickets are already gone by the time regular fans log in at 10 a.m.," Grimm says.

The same has been true for Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga concerts, among others.

With demand this high, the fan advocates just want ticket sellers to release the numbers.

"Fan Freedom believes that the artist and the venue should disclose exactly how many tickets are going to be available for the general on-sale so people can make an informed decision," Grimm says.

Beyoncé performs at Verizon Center July 29.

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