Prime Box Office closed due to Ticketfly buyout

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The online ticketing company Ticketfly has acquired Prime Box Office, leading to the closure of PBO in MacEwan Student Centre. All of PBO’s services — including ticket sales to events happening in Calgary — have been transferred online and are now only accessible on the Ticketfly website. 

PBO president Greg Stephenson has joined Ticketfly as the director of sales for western Canada.

PBO reached a settlement with the Students’ Union that allowed them to terminate their lease in MSC early without any repercussions to the SU’s revenue. 

According to SU vice-president operations and finance Eric Termuende, multiple vendors are currently looking to occupy the location PBO vacated in MSC. 

“We have proposals coming in until May 31,” said Termuende. “I believe we have between eight and 10 proposals right now. Things like frozen yogurt, poutine, manicures, a laundromat, health food, tea shop and gluten-free pasta — all of these are being considered.”

The SU will review the proposals and narrow down the choices. The final decision on the changes will be made by the Student Legislative Council.

“Based on the MacHall consultation that was done, the SLC will make a decision based on what will fit students’ needs best, what is feasible and what would benefit the students the most,” said Termuende. “Renovations will start soon after and we can hope to see the new space being opened with a new vendor in place this calendar year.”