StubHub Donating Profits of Tickets to Garth Brooks' Nashville Shows to Flood Relief
By now, it’s not breaking news anymore that Garth Brooks is going to be headlining in Nashville next month, all in support of flood relief. The original, “one night only” gig quickly became NINE, all of which sold-out in about three hours time bringing in around $3.5 million. That just proves that Brooks has “IT”. The highly anticipated shows will be spread out the week of December 16th through the 22nd.
While there are going to be a lot of happy country music fans and Garth fans at Bridgestone Arena, many who wanted to attend likely won’t be due to tickets selling out so quickly…That is unless they want to shell out a great deal more than the original $25 ticket price. StubHub, the “where fans buy and sell tickets” marketplace is the largest of its kind worldwide. The organization went on the record today by announcing that they will not be personally profiting from any ticket sales from the nine events done through their website. Any profits received from the secondary sales will be donated directly to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. StubHub President, Chris Tsakalakis, in a statement about the decision said
We strive to provide a first-in-class experience for our fans and have chosen to donate our profits from Garth tickets to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee for this event, rather than removing ticket listings and turning fans away. In keeping with the original intent of the concert, we want to be sure that any StubHub profits from Garth Brooks’ show go directly to Tennessee families.
I suppose there is a silver lining hidden in there somewhere depending on how you look at it. It’s nice to know that the profits are going to end up where they should given that charity is the sole purpose for the concerts in the first place. However, given the current economic climate, I don’t know just how much extra cash fans will be willing or able to part with for a ticket no matter how bad they may want it. For anyone that would like to donate to the flood relief cause, whether you are attending one of the concerts or not, you may do so here.