Last night, someone on Twitter mentioned that tickets to see Taylor Swift in Dallas in October were going for $110.76. That is a lot of money to go see a concert. But the comment, in addition to starting a conversation on Twitter, got me wondering what the prices might be to see Taylor in other parts of the country. So I looked. Specifically at those venues near where I live. Just in case I come up with a couple hundred bucks I don’t know what to do with.
Here’s what I found out. If I would like to go to Greensboro, N.C., to see Taylor on June 30, I can get a ‘cheap’ seat for $83.00. From there, they go all the way up to … you ready for this? $945.00! Ok, they do seem to realize that there aren’t a lot of extremely wealthy people heading over to Greensboro to see Taylor, and there are only two of those seats available.
On July 1, she will be practically in my back yard — well, 90 miles or so from here, at Thompson Bolling Arena in Knoxville. And these tickets aren’t quite as expensive. The least expensive for this show is $69.00, and the most expensive is $337.00.
I didn’t stop my search with just two concerts. I ran over to StubHub and looked at Taylors tour schedule, along with prices, and the most expensive one I found was Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA, where the ticket prices started at $60, but went all the way up to $7500! I have no idea how much of that money goes to the artist. And I certainly have a good idea of the cost of production people, managers, bands, moving vehicles, stage equipment, road crews, costumes, promoters fees, what you have to pay the venue, etc. etc. etc. But, for $7,500 I think Taylor Swift needs to come to my house and sing for me in my living room. Oh second though, if I had $7,500 to spend on something like this – I’d probably pick someone else to come do the concert at my house and sing in my living room.
Jason Aldean will be taking the stage in Knoxville next Friday night. I couldn’t find the price range for him – he’s also appearing at Thompson Bolling Arena, and apparently , he’s going to sell this thing out. According to StubHub, there are only 97 tickets left for Jason’s concert, and they are selling for $109 each.\
George, Reba and Lee Ann Womack have nine shows on StubHub’s ticket list, and I am very happy to tell you all that these tickets range between $52 and $200, depending on the venue. And there are several places where they are $52, $55, $57, $59 – Much more affordable for most of us. When I see those kind of prices, I think that maybe these entertainers are thinking about their fans. They are really there for us.
I see Keith Urban has some tickets under $25.00. Now I have no idea where you might be sitting with a $23.00 ticket – but I still think it’s pretty cool that you can see someone like Keith Urban for that amount of money.
I look at things like this, and I begin to really understand why I’m sure a huge fan of our local, summer and fall fairs. At most you get in and get a great seat to a great show, for less than $15 or $20. So, if you go all six nights, you will spend less for the entire week and all six concerts than you will pay to see one concert most anywhere else.
Who have we had at these local fairs? Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Chris Young, Trace Adkins, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Craig Morgan, Dierks Bently, Luke Bryan, Jane Owen, Chuck Wicks, and the list goes on and on. Of course when these guys were doing our local fairs, they were not quite the big stars they are now – but they definitely weren’t ‘unknowns’ in the world of country music, either. And we were very happy to have them.
Well, that’s all for this morning. I hope you guys enjoy your weekend. We’re supposed to have a nice one here. Talk to you all real soon!I’m going to answer e-mail tonight. I out a lot of you mail, so be on the lookout for it.
Talk to you soon!