Obtaining the Best Seats at Stadium Concerts
As many as 50 percent of all music lovers in the US attend at least one concert per year, And for many of you, attending 6 concerts or more per year are an obsession.
The music performers love it too, as the performers can make as much as $1 million per concert for the top performers, and most music performers earn at least $250,000 to $750,00 or more.
So with big money at stake, you would think that scoring concert tickets would be as simple as buying an Egg McMuffin and a cup of coffee at Mcdonald’s drive inn on your way to work, but this just isn’t the case.
Experienced concert tickets seekers, who have learned from experience that many of the best shows sell out in as few as 10 minutes, say there is an art to not only snagging tickets but to actually obtaining the best seats at a show.
Here are some of their favorite tips.
Be aware of all the upcoming concerts coming up.
Knowing what concerts near me are coming up are essential.
First, realize that like all things there are apps such as the Stubhub “Find Music Shows and Buy Tickets” app that will alert you of upcoming concerts and concerts near me, and advise you exactly when the tickets will go on sale.
By using apps such as the Stubhub app, you will be able to mark on your calendar exactly the moment tickets go on sale.
Second, sign up for music performer fan clubs and regularly check in with the band’s website for unadvertised, promotional offers.
The reason that many concert tickets can be sold out in as little as 10 minutes, according to USA Today, is that if a concert venue has 20,000 tickets available, nearly half of them are reserved for presale.
In fact, in 2017, the New York Attorney General reported that 54 percent of all concert tickets were reserved for presale to fan clubs, record label staff, and friends & giveaways.
Perhaps state laws have changed to discourage such practices, but way back in 2012, a Justin Bieber concert that sold out in Nashville with 14,000 seats in the arena, actually only had 1,001 tickets available for the general public.
In approximately 15 states, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin, scalping concert tickets is illegal, and in several others, you need to have a brokers license, or not sell the ticket for over a few dollars over face value.
However, ticket brokers such as Stubhub easily get around most laws by tacking on a huge variety of fees.
When the FTC held a day-long workshop about the ticketing industry in 2019, it was reported that a surcharge of between 17 percent, all the way up to an astounding 37 percent were typically tacked on to concert tickets.
And many providers, Stubhub among them, do not reveal the actual additional fees until after you have you’ve inputted your personal information (name, email, phone number), and then the details of the additional chargers appear in small print at the bottom of the window asking for your payment information. If you hit “Continue” without scrolling to the bottom of that window, you won’t see them until the order until you get to the order confirmation page.
So the bottom line is, first, see if you can obtain your tickets via presale.
Be aware of the venue seating
You may get so excited about snagging upcoming concerts tickets to see Lady Gaga or Bruno Mars, that you forget about the venue.
You’ve signed up for an app on Stubhub or another available app to alert you about concerts near me and have noted the upcoming concerts that appeal to you the most.
You did your best to obtain presale tickets, but no dice. So you have to purchase tickets available to the general public or pay sky-high ticket prices from a ticket reseller like Stubhub.
But well before the tickets for upcoming concerts go on sale, be sure an know the venue.
One of the advantages of a reseller like Stubhub is that Stubhub has a best-seat filter, so if your budget allows, then you can allow the company to show you only the best, unobstructed seats and you will likely have a great time at concerts near me.
However, do you really trust Stubhub or any other company to know which are the best seats at upcoming concerts? Sure, more than likely Stubhub will not steer you wrong, but there are plenty of things to scope out for concerts near me on your own.
Almost every venue for upcoming concerts has a venue map. And you need to carefully scope it out.
For example, notice if the venue map notes any areas where there is likely to be an obstruction for upcoming concerts. What could be more miserable than laying out nearly $100 a ticket for concerts near me such as Katy Perry or Van Halen, only to discover that you and your date, or just one of you has a huge column that restricts you from seeing the act?
If the venue map doesn’t list any obstructions, call the ticket company to be sure.
One of the tips, if you select a mezzanine or balcony seat, is that the first couple of rows for your upcoming concerts often provide a better view of the concerts near me than if you are sitting on the floor.
These are some of the best seats in the house, and often the sound is much better too.
If you insist on buying tickets on the floor and you cannot afford tickets in the front row, then consider box seats, but be sure they are in the middle of the floor.
Box seats at the side of the stage may give you only a partial view of the concert.
We highly recommend that you do a Google search for the best concert seats for the venue or venues you will likely attend.
When it comes to concerts near me, independent websites not affiliated with any concert tickets sale are your best source. These sites are often created by real music fans who have been to the venue dozens of times and can inform you of the “real” best seats in the house.
Buying concert tickets
Okay, you’ve used an app to find concerts near me and have done a great job scouting the venue. Now should be the easy part, right? Buying the tickets.
Well, not so fast. It turns out that buying concert tickets is often the trickiest part of the entire equation.
First of all, as we’ve already indicated, many seats are reserved for presale, so you are already at a disadvantage if you have to go to Ticketmaster or whatever ticket venue seller the promoter chooses to sell tickets.
But guess what? Say tickets open for sale at 10 a.m. on June 8 for the Machine Gun Kelly Tour in Austin.
Guess what. As soon as tickets open up for sale, Ticketmaster’s website, which is where most people buy concert tickets is flooded with requests, sometimes for concerts months in advance.
Recently, a Justin Bieber concert scheduled for November went on sale in Bangkok in May, and immediately after attempting to log on, thousands of fans received a “wait signal” from Ticketmaster.
A common mistake is to refresh your page, which, unfortunately, puts you to the back of the cure. In addition, ticketing companies are not very friendly to WiFi networks.
Try logging in on a computer with a direct connection, not a WiFi connection, and above all, don’t try from several different browsers. Ticket companies note your IP address and take trying from different browsers as robots attempting to score a bunch of tickets and you may be blocked.
Also, avoid trying to buy multiple tickets for your friends or family. It may be really fun to go in a group of 8 or 10 to a Maroon 5 concert, but ticket companies assume if you are trying to buy 8 tickets at once, that you are attempting to scalp tickets.
Your best bet, if you really want tickets, is to go to the venue sales itself and que up there. You may have to wait a few hours, but you are much more likely to snag tickets.
If none of those work of course, then be prepared to buy either from a reseller or from individuals on craigslist or similar sites.
Note that some private sellers, as well as resellers such as Stubhub definitely buy tickets to make a profit, and you will note that right after tickets go on sale and then sell out, the prices are highest.
Private individuals in particular often will quote a price up to three times the ticketed price, and some people will buy them.
But as many concert tickets are available months in advance, some people holding tickets may just want to recoup what they spent on them. They may, for example, discover their employer requires them to be out of town the day of the concert, or they may have intended to take their boyfriend or girlfriend to the concert, only to break up and attending that concert is the last thing they want.
So don’t jump to the first reseller to buy tickets unless you really want to go. Good tickets may be available later from private individuals.
You can definitely score great seats at stadium concerts, but sometimes it take a little savvy to make it all work.