Tickets to Jack White’s concert at the Omaha Music Hall on Aug. 6 sold out today. According to some folks I know on Facebook, it sold out wicked fast.
A lot of people are wondering, “Why wasn’t the show booked at a bigger venue?”
Let’s look at the numbers, shall we? In Omaha, White is playing the Music Hall, which holds about 2,200 people. In Colorado, he’s playing Red Rocks, which holds about 9,400. In LA, he’s playing the Shrine Auditorium, which holds 6,300.
So, what venue in Omaha could hold him?
At 16,000 to 18,000 seats, the CenturyLink Center is waaaaay too big. A half house might work, but it’s probably still too spacious. At 9,000 seats, the Mid-America Center is also way too big. Again, a half-house might work, but maybe not. And would you really rather see him at the MAC?
Don’t forget that if you booked him at an arena and they only sell half the seats, the promoter probably just lost tons of money. A bigger venue means a bigger rental fee.
The one venue size we don’t really have around here is the 3,000 to 6,000-seat venue. All of our small venues (Music Hall, Orpheum Theater, Holland Center) hover around the 2,000 to 2,500 mark. All of the big places (MAC, Civic, Westfair, CenturyLink) are about 10,000 and up.
When the Ralston arena is built, it will have a capacity of 3,500. Some concerts will be booked there, but it’s a weird size. Only one concert in 100 will end up being a perfect fit. In this case, it’s Jack White.
Don’t get me wrong. It sucks for those of you who didn’t get tickets to the show. I’d be really bummed. I just don’t know where else you put him.
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As an aside, I was told that an inordinate number of tickets are available on ticket resellers such as StubHub.
The Ticketmaster page for the concert also said: “Please note: Delivery of all tickets will be delayed to enforce ticket limit of 4 tickets per household.”
I wonder if the scalpers got a hold of a lot of the tickets. I have a call to the venue’s rep to see what’s up and if anything suspicious occurred.