No big surprise: Tickets to Elton John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour” show at Sprint Center on Feb. 13, 2019, went on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and were gone quickly — at least those sold at regular prices. If you wanted to throw down some big bucks, plenty of VIP tickets were available.
Not long after 10 a.m., the Sprint Center website responded to a request for one ticket, any price with: “There are no tickets available that meet your request. Please select a different quantity or choose another price range.” Regular ticket prices were $49.50, $124.50 and $224.50; there was an eight-ticket limit per person.
However at noon Friday, plenty of VIP ticket packages were available, for $1,175 each. A request for the maximum six VIP tickets produce an option to buy six tickets together on the floor, Section 1, Row 6, for a whopping $7,074; that includes $4 in fees per ticket.
The VIP packages do not include a meet-and-greet with Elton John. They do include a champagne toast and welcome gift plus a tour lithograph, a backstage tour, preferred parking and separate VIP entrance.
There were success stories during the general-public sale. Heather Brecht told The Star she logged on at 9:20 a.m. and got into a waiting room at 9:30 a.m.
“I started fishing for tickets at 10 (a.m.),” she said. “I got the ‘no tickets available’ for about 25 minutes.”
Brecht said she wanted three of the $49.50 tickets but “the option to choose price was gone after three or four minutes.” At about 10:25 a.m. she had the option to buy two lower-level seats “but I spent $500.”
After repeated “no tickets available” prompts, Ashlee Fairchild Jones gave up trying to get tickets online and instead went to the Sprint Center box office, where she was successful — barely.
“I walked up at 11 (a.m.) and literally got the very last ticket,” she said. “I made a lot of folks behind me sad.” Her prize: one seat in Section 104, Row 18 for $224.50. “Most I’ve ever spent on a ticket in my life,” she said. “But I had to.”
Shani Tate, vice president of marketing, communications and ticket sales at Sprint Center, told The Star that other tickets were sold via presales. “I don’t have a time frame for how quickly sales went today,” she said Friday, “but several (American Express) and fan club presales started last week.”
A quick check Friday afternoon found that several tickets were available on second-hand brokers’ websites.
On Jan. 24, John announced plans to say farewell to touring with a three-year, 300-show tour that opens in Allentown, Pa., on Sept. 8.