Tickets for the Grateful Dead’s three-night reunion at Soldier Field in Chicago are (surprise, surprise) being scalped for inordinate prices. Single night tickets are mostly going for well over $1,000 and a look at any of the nights on Stubhub shows general admission pit tickets available for higher than $10,000.
When the reunion was announced, the Dead tried to combat scalpers by resorting to their traditional method of serving up pre-sale tickets via a first-come-first-serve mail order system, but they ran into an unfortunate snag: Chicago Bears season ticket holders, who usually occupy Soldier Field, had first dibs on seats, and a lot of them took their option to buy tickets and, presumably, flip them for a lot more money.
An anonymous StubHub source told Mashable that these were some of the highest ticket prices he’d ever seen. “I’ve been doing this nine years, and I would say this is going to be the biggest one I’ve seen. The Super Bowl is always going to be bigger than anything. But this is definitely the biggest concert. By far. By far.”
As of now, there doesn’t seem to be any reprieve from the high ticket prices. Cheaper official travel packages are now all sold out, and the least expensive tickets on StubHub are going for around $600, most of which have obstructed views. Then again, for a few hundred dollars you can enjoy the show from the parking lot.