If you’re planning to buy tickets to Billy Joel’s concert at Kauffman Stadium on Sept. 21, here are a few things you should know to make sure you are getting the best price and the best opportunity to get the seats you want.
Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26.
There will be a presale for Royals season-ticket holders on Wednesday, Jan. 24. Toby Cook, vice president of publicity for the Royals, told The Star that all season-ticket holders will receive an access code to the presale early Wednesday morning. The presale starts at 10 a.m.
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Here is the show’s three-tiered price range: $49.50; $98.50; and $149.50 (plus taxes and other fees).
Some people on social media have been complaining about the exorbitant ticket prices. Be careful where you click. If a website is offering tickets at prices higher than face-value, it is a secondary seller or broker selling tickets at inflated prices.
For example, if you Google “Billy Joel Kauffman Stadium,” one of the first links is to a site run by TicketOffices.com, whose homepage for the Billy Joel concert bears the name “Kauffman Stadium Tickets.”
Sunday night, that site was selling seats on the field for as high as $1,980 — more than 10 times face value. The cheapest seats in the upper-deck were going for $156 — more than $100 over face value. Look for the [Ad] box in front of the web address, which typically tells you the site is a brokerage or secondary site, not an official event page.
If you choose to buy tickets from a broker or second-hand seller, make sure you enlist one with a refund policy in the event you are sold fraudulent tickets. Tickets for Less is one of those. Buying tickets on places like Craigslist is fraught with risk.
Crowd capacity for the concert will be roughly 40,000. Joel’s previous show at the Sprint Center in May 2015 drew about 17,500.
But as of now, Kansas City is the only stop scheduled for this part of the Midwest in September; the closest is at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Demand will likely be high. Joel sold out Busch Stadium in September, drawing a crowd of more than 40,000.
Despite the likely high demand, the best way to try to get tickets is to go through one of the official websites and get what you can at face value.