The Rolling Stones Performance Strongest Draw in Detroit in All of 2015
With an average resale price of $233 per ticket for the show at Comerica Park, the Rolling Stones’ appearance in Detroit this evening is currently the most expensive event in the entire city in all of 2015, including past events and those that are still to come.
The last time The Rolling Stones came to Detroit was in 2005, as part of their “A Bigger Bang” tour, which ended up having the second biggest box office draw of any tour ever. In what looks to be a continuation of that trend, an estimated $1.2 million has been spent so far on the secondary market for the upcoming show, an indication that fans are still clamoring to see The Rolling Stones.
Though the Detroit Tigers are the normal tenants of Comerica Park, the price for this concert is more than six times the average price ($38) of a ticket to a Tigers home game so far this season. Further, a family of four could have purchased tickets in one of the two sectionsdirectly behind home plate, at an average price of $52 ($208 total), for the most recent Tigers home game (7/5/15, against the Blue Jays) and a parking pass, $20 ($228, all inclusive), for less than one ticket to The Rolling Stones concert at the same location. The concert is also more expensive than the Tigers’ home opener against the Twins (4/6/15), which is by far the most expensive game of the season, at $144.
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More than an estimated $1.2 Million has been spent on the secondary market for the Detroit concert, which is the third most of all events in the city this year. The 2015 home opener for the Tigers grossed an estimated $2.2 Million, over $1 Million and 93 percent more than the gross for the Stones concert. Ranking second was a Taylor Swift concert, which grossed $1.6 Million, 37 percent more than the Stones. After the Stones concert, though, the estimated gross on the secondary market for the next highest game, a Red Wings playoff game, drops substantially, to $700,000.
The average price of $233 makes the show the seventh most expensive out of the 14 North America tour dates. The most expensive stop was when the tour kicked off in San Diego, where tickets resold for an average of $355 each. The least expensive stop of the tour was last weekend, when an average ticket to the show in Indianapolis resold for just $151.
For comparison, Grateful Dead tickets for their Fare Thee Well farewell tour stops in Santa Clara, California, only averaged $136 on the secondary market, 41 percent less expensive than Rolling Stones tickets in Detroit. Though The Grateful Dead’s final three tour dates in Chicago were much more expensive than Wednesday’s upcoming show, The Rolling Stones have also not expressed a desire to quit any time soon.