Concerns that fans might not be able to afford tickets to see Garth Brooks‘ upcoming charity shows in Tennessee are going unfounded because the market appears to have bottomed out.
Brooks, one of the nation’s most popular Country entertainers, is playing nine concerts to benefit flood victims in the region, and he priced tickets to the shows at $25 each to keep them affordable. But, as of today, December 16, the day of the first show, tickets were listed on StubHub for as little as $0.40 a piece, and more than 1,100 were available to tonight’s show. See the screen shot below. Tickets to other shows during the short run at the Bridgestone Arena also were selling for as little as $1 or $2 each.
Complaints that ticket brokers had allegedly snapped up large quantities of tickets to the shows, and were listing them for several times the face value, led Tennessee State Rep. Gary Moore to consider proposing new legislation to limit how many tickets people can buy to events in the state. And, Brooks has been a vocal critic of the secondary ticket market since he launched his hugely successful residency shows at the Wynn in Las Vegas.
But, with tickets now being listed for as little as $0.40 a piece, it appears that resellers are the ones providing the best bargains.
“This shows you how the secondary ticket market can be considerably less expensive,” Jeff Greenberg, owner of Maryland-based ticket brokerage ASC Ticket. “Not only Garth Brooks tickets, but many NBA, NHL and even NFL tickets. Brokers are often made out to be the bad guys, but because of the secondary market people can often find unique bargains.”