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Wynn: Strong demand prompted $110 increase in Garth Brooks ticket prices

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Henry Diltz

Garth Brooks performs at Encore Theater in the Wynn on Dec. 12, 2009.

Ticket prices for Garth Brooks' next 16 performances will increase by more than $100 due to an "overwhelming" demand, Wynn Las Vegas announced today.

Ticket prices will go from $143 to $253, including taxes and fees. Wynn Resorts Chairman and Chief Executive Steve Wynn said even with the price increase, he believe tickets for Brooks’ shows are still underpriced.

"My decision to raise the ticket price was a simple one. The demand for Garth was so overwhelming that it caught us by surprise. We could fill a theater many times the size of this, twice a night,” Wynn said in a statement. “When the greatest live performer of our time appears in such an intimate theater, the seats should be priced at least competitively with other great Las Vegas entertainers.”

Fans looking to buy tickets for Brooks’ next set of shows can purchase tickets through Ticketmaster’s website or by calling 1-877-65-GARTH beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Brooks’ next series of dates are Dec. 3-5, Jan. 21-23, Feb. 11-13 and Feb. 25-27.

Tickets for Brooks’ first three series of performances sold out within hours of their release.

The country music star announced he would be coming out of retirement for a five-year stay at the Encore Theater last year. Brooks began his first performances in December 2009.

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  1. Garth Brooks may be a very talented performer but he's not worth $253. Hell, I wouldn't even pay $253 to see Elvis if you could resurrect him.

  2. For all you capitalists it's supply and demand at it's finest. If the shows don't sell out, the prices will come down.

  3. Steve and Garth grabbing the money.

    If you wanna' play, you gotta' pay.

  4. The tickets are only worth what fans are willing to pay for them.

    If they sell out again, expect them to raise the price again. That is how it works and is totally under the control of the buyers.

    Good for Mr. Wynn and Mr. Brooks. They paid the price and deserve the return.

  5. Chunky says:

    Brooks had fought-off Wynn on the initial ticket prices but must have caved or been overruled. Good thing Chunky isn't a big fan of country music.

    Sadly it's just another stab in the heart of value for the money in Las Vegas. No doubt Mr. Brooks is talented and popular but how many couples can afford to spend $500 for a show, much less a $250+ dinner on The Strip except for very special occasions. Even then...

    Market price prevails and both Mr. Wynn and Mr. Brooks do a lot better than Chunky so they must either know something he doesn't know or they are fools. Probably the first guess is right.

    Still, Chunky thinks Vegas will bounce / crawl back much quicker economically if we go back to being a great value and maintain the highest level of service for our visitor and locals!

    That's what Chunky thinks!

  6. Penn is an atheist who crosses out GOD on all USA money.

    Are Wynn and Brooks a couple of "commies?" charge as much as you can...also "scalping" is part of the market place...

    Typical ditto-head hypocrites...oh we are above the whole dog eat dog market place...give me a break...

    actually this is good "reverse psychology" marketing, pretend you care about the "art" blah blah after all they got free ink in the SUN...

  7. Garth definitely caved. Wynn was losing his shirt limiting the tix prices. He packs the place so why not? Wynn is paying him so he should set the price, not the hired help. And maybe Garth could actually dress up one night for a performance. That would be refreshing....

  8. Chunky says:

    Two drinks in that theater with an extra shot in each and a small popcorn will set you back $54 as well.

    Maybe they are raising the price as a "filter" to make room for a more affluent clientele.

    That's what Chunky thinks now!

  9. Garth Greed tickets are how much? Thats a lot of cash in a depression,...especially for a guy without any talent.

  10. This will recoup the cost of the jet.

  11. I'd like to see a local discount, but if visitors want to pay it be my guest.

    The good ol boy act is played to perfection here. That extra $100 doesn't stay all in Wynns pocket. A raise in ticket price like that probably means a contract negotiation also.

  12. This is where tax rebates and reducctions for the wealthy show up: creating jobs for the wealthy.

  13. here's what Chunky thinks;

    "Maybe they are raising the price as a "filter" to make room for a more affluent clientele."

    Maybe Chunky is right.

    Can you imagine the "unwashed masses" that had to be allowed to pass through the Wynn on their way to the show at only $143 per???

  14. DEMAND OR PURE GREED? That is a much better question. Sounds more like the promoter sees a
    chance to rape the public and grab more money.
    While I agree that Garth Brooks is one heck of an
    entertaine I seriously doubt that he is worth this
    excess by entertainment corruption and greed.

  15. I guess if one is willing to pay it is not overpriced. I am not willing to pay that amount, so for me, it is overpriced. Like anything else, they'll charge what they can. I'd rather see the promoters (Wynn) and entertainers (Brooks) get the $$ than see it go to the scalpers out there. My guess is that they will have no trouble at all selling tickets at the new price. I saw Garth and Buck Owens and Merle Haggard on together one stage in 2005 for $10.00, I was 20 feet away from Garth when he proposed to Trisha. Can't get that for the $253 ticket.

  16. Maybe there was a huge demand for tickets because the price was right and affordable. Not anymore. So we'll see if the huge demand for tickets is still there at $253 a pop.

  17. Garth has an absolutly awesome show! If you ever get the chance..GO! You wont be disappointed! He is the most down to earth performer I have ever seen in this town. The theater is beautiful also. It is truly worth the cost! I saved up and saw it. It's not that hard to do. If we go out and enjoy what we have here in Las Vegas it will help it come back. Dont sit on your couch wasting away. I love it here. People come here from all over the world to see our city and we only have to drive 20 minutes or so.
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    allaroundtown

    You must be new here? Or you must still have a job? You still gonna see him at $253 a ticket?
    And if you believe Garth is "the most down to earth entertainer"....well what is that saying? There is a sucker born every minute.