Michael Buble performed in Sacramento at the Arco Arena last night and you expect that he would have sold out the venue but that was not the case. For his Sacramento concert Michael Buble only sold out the lower level seating and the rear of the upper deck. Much of the upper level went unsold for one of the most popular artists on tour today.
And for the recent concerts by Carrie Underwood, Tool and the American Idols at the Arco Arena it was pretty much the same thing, fairly empty in the upper level. And Carrie Underwood usually has no problem selling tickets for her tour dates as the top country artist, but she only sold about 9,000 tickets for this show.
Even the Justin Bieber concert scheduled for Friday October 22nd at the Arco Arena has not sold very many upper level tickets though he has sold out concerts throughout his current tour. It doesn’t help that the kid is selling VIP packages at $391 per ticket for a cash starved city, but he wouldn’t understand what the parents buying his tickets are going through anyway.
A big part of the problem with the Sacramento area is not only the economy, but the fact that so many California state workers live in Sacramento and they have had so many furlough days resulting in a reduced pay of about 10%. Many Sacramentans have no extra income for entertainment any longer and concert tickets just don’t fit in the budget this year.
Sacramento is not the only city having problems selling tickets for concerts and other entertainment events. And some cities such as Pittsburgh do very well selling out multiple concerts and the Wells Fargo Center. But the lack of ticket sales will probably keep most of the major acts out of the Sacramento area for some time to come and those that do come to the Arco Arena may not sell out as they usually do.