Pollstar puts out a yearly list of the top 20 tours worldwide and this years numbers are showing a growing trend in concert tours. Bon Jovi leads the list with over 259 million in gross sales in 2013 and to get to that number he performed more stadium concerts to hike up the numbers, and he’s not alone.
Looking at the average number of tickets sold per concert last year it’s obvious many of the artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and Jay Z with Justin Timberlake are booking a lot of stadium shows to have average ticket sales of over 30,000 per show when most indoor venues only seat about 18-20,000.
The list is dominated by older rock acts in 2013 but this year more young pop stars such as One Direction will be performing in stadiums. One Direction will likely set several tour records in 2014 for the top grossing tour of all time as well as largest number of tickets sold. Some of the One Direction tickets had a face value of over $900 each so the band is expected to reap a huge windfall this year.
The tough part is the ticket prices don’t get any cheaper in a larger venue. They may just be more expensive for a concert that is far less intimate than an indoor arena.