Tickets were still available Wednesday for both of Garth Brooks’ sold-out concerts Thursday at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles.
The country star has released a couple hundred so-called “production tickets” for Thursday’s 10:30 p.m. show via Ticketmaster.com, according to Tom Keffury, who handles sponsorship and publicity for the fair. They cost $73.98 apiece, plus a $6 service charge; that price doesn’t include fair admission.
Production seats are typically set aside from the start “in order to facilitate the band’s production setup” and provide space for additional lighting, sound equipment and other equipment, according to the Irish Times. If those seats aren’t needed, they’re released to the general public.
“This is standard concert industry practice. It happens for every show,” Keffury said. “Often times, (the ticket release) doesn’t happen until the actual day of the show … so getting the Garth shows ‘built’ and approved a few days in advance was very cool.”
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Keffury didn’t know the total number of tickets available for sale.
Meanwhile, tickets for that show and an earlier concert at 7:30 p.m. were listed for as little as $9 from resellers on secondary sites such as StubHub and VividSeats.
On June 23, concertgoers and resellers — the majority of them local fans — snatched up all 14,875 tickets for Brooks’ first fair show less than 30 seconds after they went on sale on Ticketmaster.com, making it the fastest-selling show in fair history. Less than a week later, Brooks made history again when his second fair concert sold out in less than a minute.
Brooks, whose hits include “Friends in Low Places” and “Unanswered Prayers,” is making his debut at the Paso Robles Event Center. He’ll be joined onstage by his wife, “How Do I Live” singer Trisha Yearwood, who has performed at the fair three times — headlining in 1995 and 1997 and opening for Don Henley in 2002.
The California Mid-State Fair runs through July 30 at the Paso Robles Event Center. For more information, call 1-800-909-FAIR (3247) or visit www.midstatefair.com/fair.