Last week, the Star Tribune ran an excellent cover story about the corrupt state of the concert ticket marketplace. In it, readers were warned of the current "ticketing epidemic," one that's lining the pockets of scalpers while bilking music lovers.
So, how viciously will Adele fans seeking last-second tickets to her sold-out U.S. tour kickoff Tuesday and Wednesday in St. Paul be gouged? About to the degree you'd expect.
There are no bargains among the 821 tickets — 329 for Tue.; 492 for Wed. — available on ticket re-selling website StubHub. Seats that were originally in the $39.95-$59.50 nosebleed range are currently going for around $100-$200; it'll cost ya around $150-$300 to sit in the original $79.50-$89.50 first-level zones. No floor tickets — originally $149.50 — are available.
Last December, 36,000 tickets for Adele at Xcel Energy Center went on sale, with anti-scalper measures keeping about 3,000 of the best seats off the secondary market. The following day 1,971 tickets appeared on StubHub. The median price? Just under $700, the Strib reports.
It pays to procrastinate!