Last week I took a look at the post-AFC/NFC average selling price for Broncos-Seahawks tickets listed at TicketNetwork.com. In the six days since then, the post-AFC/NFC championship average price has gone slightly up and is now $2,657, compared to $2,847 last week. This suggests that the game is not as popular as sellers were hoping, even if a bit more than last year.
Last time I also took a look at the post-AFC/NFC average selling price for Broncos-Seahawks tickets listed at TicketNetwork.com, and found they were up about 18% compared to last year. Although the average is still higher than last year, the gap has closed considerably. With the additional six sales days factored in, it is now only 5% higher. With the natural drop in ticket prices that usually occurs as any event approaches, this margin may close even more as we approach game day.
So the conference championships are over and football's biggest game is soon to be here. Are you excited? It appears that ticket sellers are quite excited for the upcoming game.
A look at initial sales for the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks game shows that, for tickets sold after the AFC and NFC championships were over, and up until the end of yesterday, the average selling price for tickets listed at TicketNetwork.com was $2,847. That's up about 18% versus the same period last year, when the average was $2,413.
Out with the old and in with the new. We're another year down, and it's just about time to look ahead to the coming months. However, as we settle into 2014, let's take a moment to see what happened in terms of ticket sales at TicketNetwork.com in 2013.
As it turns out, for me at least, there are few surprises in the overall Top 10 list:
Indeed, this list looks very familiar for anybody who has followed the monthly Top 10 lists over the past year. First, thanks to some very affordable tickets, and a never-dampening enthusiasm for its popular circus show, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus has the top spot in the overall Top 10. Earlier this year, the show spent three straight months in the number spot. It was also #1 in March. Even when it wasn't number one, it was almost always near the top, usually in the second position.
As I noted last month, timing is everything. With a full month advantage this time around, the One Direction ticket sales tallied up quickly and nobody else even had a chance.
It is the first time since last September that 1D has held the #1 spot. Although that may seem strange at first, remember that this is the band that started selling tickets for 2013 before they even started touring in 2012. One Direction fans do not wait, and 2012 was one of those odd years where ticket sales were so early that it was a long time before they picked back up again. The greatest chunk of tickets usually sells on the onsale date, anyway, and this past December was no different.
The time has finally come: Trans-Siberian Orchestra has taken the #1 spot in the TicketNetwork.com Top 10. Unlike last November, when its chance was shot down by an 11th hour (pun intended) entrance by Taylor Swift, TSO had no real competition this time around. It could have potentially been toppled if the One Direction tour had been announced a week earlier, but timing was everything last month.
So, too, is the fact the TSO has so many events. Only an extremely popular act can come close, but only if they have enough events going on sale. George Strait also did well last month, but only had a couple events on sale.
With a tour like TSO's, it's a little difficult to judge how one specific show does compared to the rest, and indeed no one specific show stands out for November. What I can write about is what venues did the best overall, and in this case there is a clear winner: Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, PA (on a side note, it seems to be Philly's week). In a distant second was Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. Here are the top five venues: