Syracuse.com By Geoff Herbert Posted Wed., April 26, 2017
How much would you pay to see Sir Paul McCartney perform in Syracuse?
Some ticket resellers are hoping fans will pay up to $9,800 for a pair of seats to see The Beatles legend at the Carrier Dome on Saturday, Sept. 23.
Tickets started appearing on StubHub and VividSeats Wednesday, the same day presale tickets went on sale to McCartney fan club members. Prices on the ticket reseller websites range from $84.50 to $9,800 for two-packs of tickets; the higher end includes floor seats and some in the lower level, which are regularly priced at just $165 on the official Ticketmaster site.
That’s a markup of nearly 3,000 percent on some tickets.
The most expensive offer on Ticketmaster is currently the Front Row Hot Sound Package, which includes an invitation to McCartney’s sound check, a pre-show reception and exclusive merchandise. Those VIP packages cost $2,098, plus fees.
It’s unclear how many tickets are available on third-party reseller websites, but Ticket Liquidator said it had more than 1,600 ranging from $79 to $4,495.
Syracuse University has not said how many tickets will be available for McCartney’s concert. McCartney was previously booked to perform at the Carrier Dome in 1993, but canceled to prepare for a Fox TV-televised concert; at the time, about 20,000 of some 35,000 available tickets had been sold.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office said last year that it found third-party ticket resellers often use ticket bots to purchase large blocks of tickets, which are resold at a high mark-up. More than 50 percent of the tickets were kept from the public for some NYC concerts by high-profile artists like Justin Timberlake & Jay Z, Coldplay and Fleetwood Mac.
McCartney, who turns 75 this year, has never performed in Syracuse before. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, thanks to The Beatles and his prolific solo career, performed at Albany’s Times Union Center in July 2014 and at Buffalo’s First Niagara Center in October 2015.
“This is one of those performers we’ve been working very hard to bring to the university, to the campus.” Peter Sala, managing director of the Carrier Dome, said Tuesday. “To me, it’s an honor. Paul McCartneys don’t come along every day. It’s an unbelievable moment to bring him to the Syracuse University campus.”
“I think it’ll sell out quickly,” he added.
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