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Nine Things You Should Know About the City of Denver's New Ticketing Deal with AXS

On November 17, Denver City Council passed an ordinance establishing AXS, a ticketing company co-owned by Anschutz Entertainment Group, as the exclusive ticketing provider from January 1, 2015, until December 31, 2019, for venues owned by the City of Denver. You can read all 47 thrilling pages of the agreement here.

The locations covered by the contract are: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver Coliseum, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, the Buell Theatre, Boettcher Concert Hall, the McNichols Building, Bellco Theatre, the Denver Performing Arts Complex (that's any events in the Galleria or the Sculpture Park) and the Colorado Convention Center.

Basically, that means that for the next five years, whenever you go to an event at any of those venues (including the Great American Beer Festival, certain touring theatrical productions and the many concerts at Red Rocks), you'll buy your ticket through AXS. The arrangement has brought up numerous questions from numerous people. Here are the answers to a few of them.

See also: 50 Photos That Prove Red Rocks Is the Most Beautiful Venue on the Planet

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Kiernan Maletsky is Westword's music editor. His writing has appeared in alt-weeklies around the country as well as Miley Cyrus's mom's Twitter feed.
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