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.
So what happened in December 2013? Well, similarly to the update I gave after 1D's big weekend in early December, Lincoln Financial Field was the biggest venue with only one show. However, LFF just couldn't win out against the stadiums that have more than one show scheduled, and they ended up vastly surpassing it over the course of the month. Here are the top venues:
- Rose Bowl
- Soldier Field Stadium
- Gillette Stadium
- Lincoln Financial Field
- MetLife Stadium
On a quick side note, I'd like to highlight The Harlem Globetrotters, who are new to the Top 10. The Globetrotters is, of course, a popular team in its own right, but affordable pricing helped boost the team to the top five. The average price for Globetrotters tickets purchased at TN.com in December was $65. The same was also true of its fellow sports event, Monster Jam, where the average ticket price was $51.
The full Top 10 list is below. I'll be back next week with more ticketing trends for the entirety of 2013.
* Rankings and other data are as of 1/2/2014 3:00 p.m. EST. Top 10 list is ranked based by the number of tickets sold on TicketNetwork.com.