Staples Center execs and Eagles management got a peaceful, easy feeling when tickets for the band’s New Year’s Eve show were quickly snapped up by fans.
Execs, who gathered at Ticketmaster offices Sunday to monitor sales action, were initially concerned that the steep prices — beginning at $50 and climbing to $1,000 — would stymie consumer interest in the band’s first show in four years and the arena’s first announced concert.
While the concert was not quite a sellout, tickets outside of the $1,000 price range were sold in minutes. And the majority of the top price tickets at the 20,000-seat arena were sold by mid-day, according to insiders.
The May 16 on-sale date had been carefully selected to ensure that fans would not be distracted by other major concerts going on sale.
Some $1,000 tickets remained available in addition to “production kills” (tickets held from the public for the band, its friends and management).
Sales over the Internet through Ticketmaster Online accounted for 35% of the day’s purchases. The site allowed fans to see the layout of the $350 million, 20,000-seat facility. Still under construction, it is slated to open sometime in October.