Rolling Stones Tickets Nearing $300 on Secondary Market

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- This spring, fans will get a chance to see the Rolling Stones in concert for the first time since 2013, but it's going to cost a pretty penny.

In less than two weeks, the Rolling Stones will embark on the 15-city Zip Code Tour and make their way across North America for the first time since 2013. The iconic rockers kick things off at Petco Park in San Diego on May 24 and are slated to tour across the U.S. and Canada through mid-July. With an exhaustive discography of smash hits spanning over six decades and known to have one of the most memorable live performances in rock and roll, it comes as no surprise that the Stones are seeing big ticket demand on the secondary market.

According to TiqIQ, the average secondary market price for Rolling Stones tickets on the band's Zip Code Tour is $298.68. Some 15 stops are scheduled over the two-month run, and the most expensive date will be the opening night of tour in San Diego. That show currently sees tickets own a command an average price of $651.75 on the secondary market, 118.2% above the tour average, and the cheapest available ticket is listed for $165. No other shows along the tour route will come remotely close to topping Petco Park's $650 ticket average, though several are still significantly more expensive than tour average.

The band's second-highest-priced gig will be held on June 9 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. The Georgia-based show has tickets averaging $407.75, still 36.5% above tour average; the get-in price starts at $107. Two other shows are just below $400, on average; June 23 at Milwaukee's Marcus Amphitheater ($394.84) and July 1 at Carter Finley Stadium in Raleigh ($390.08). The get-in price for those shows is currently $128 and $114, respectively.

Conversely, the Stones' cheapest dates of tour will be played on July 4 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and July 8 at Comerica Park in Detroit. The Independence Day show in Indianapolis, despite being the least expensive tour date, still commands a median ticket price of $199.66 on the secondary market, 33.1% below tour average, and the cheapest available ticket is $57. Four days later, the band will be in Detroit and average a secondary ticket price of $203. Get-in price for the Comerica Park show is $94.

The spring and summer stretch of dates will be the first the Stones have played in the U.S. and Canada since the 50 & Counting Tour hit North America in late-2012 and 2013. A two-year absence and a small string of dates has allowed the tour to post one of the most expensive ticket averages of 2015. Only Madonna and Taylor Swift own higher ticket prices, as Madonna's Rebel Heart World Tour commands a $329.77 average and Swift's 1989 World Tour averages at $313.91 on the resale market.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.

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