Planning on purchasing tickets for one of the big concerts going on sale this Valentine's Day? Be prepared to pay even more – and we're talking beyond the original ticket price.
The Rolling Stones and Justin Bieber are among five concerts going on sale at various times of the day. Each concert is handling tickets in a different way in sales and even how they will be accepted at the concert. (Be especially aware of the process for the Bieber tickets.)
Ticket prices have not been announced for the Stones or Bieber, so we knew there would be some initial pain seeing the cost online (the only way you can buy them). The surprise was that those pesky service charges are increasing along with the price you pay with per seat fees up to $65 per ticket – essentially the cost you would pay to attend another concert.
We've found prices for the Stones and Bieber from some of the many presale opportunities so here's what we know. This information is for when these concerts go on sale to the general public on Feb. 14.
Rolling Stones, 8 p.m. June 6, New Era Field. Tickets, including VIP packages, go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 14 via the band's website, rollingstones.com/tour and ticketmaster.com. Checking in on two presales, we found available seats on the field ranged from $547.52 up to $808.55 in the standing room-only pit. A few upper deck seats were $64.50 with prices up to $199. Available seats in the lower seating level (including end zone) were $287 to $456.57. Charges of $25 to $64.75 were added to each ticket on those we checked. Here's how one ticket purchase broke down: two tickets at $199 each ($398 total). Fees added were $30.20 service fee (per ticket), $5 facility charge (per ticket) and $3.25 order processing for an additional $36.82 per ticket. The final cost of the $199 ticket: $235.82.
Justin Bieber. 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at KeyBank Center. All ticket sales are done only via Bieber's official website at justinbieber.com. This is the link directly to the KeyBank Center tickets. There is an eight-ticket limit. Here's the important thing: all ticketing is done on mobile – paper tickets will not be accepted at the concert. So if someone is trying to sell you a paper ticket, it's not legal. Instead, barcodes will be sent to your account one hour prior to doors opening. A check on prices at a presale had tickets ranging from $59.50 for 300 and 200 level, $149.50 for 200 level and $199.50 for 100 level with multiple VIP packages available. The fee added to each ticket ranged from $17.65 to $21.50.
Megadeth and Lamb of God with Trivium and In Flames, 6 p.m. June 26 at the Darien Lake Amphitheater. Tickets are $25 to $99.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. through livenation.com, ticketmaster.com. Each ticket includes free same-day admission to Six Flags Darien Lake.
Backstreet Boys, 7:30 p.m. July 25 at Darien Lake Amphitheater. Tickets are $39 to $299.50 and go on sale at noon through livenation.com and ticketmaster.com. Each ticket includes free same-day admission to Six Flags Darien Lake.
Chicago, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 in the Artpark Mainstage Theater, Lewiston. Tickets are $69 to $129 for indoor reserved seating and $30 for general admission lawn and go on sale at 10 a.m. through tickets.com, artpark.net, by phone at 888-223-6000, or at the Artpark box office.