Jay-Z has added three more shows to his concert to commemorate the opening of the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, according to the NY Daily News. In addition to the original shows on September 28-30 and the two new shows that were announced Wednesday for October 3 and 4, Jay will also be performing shows on October 1, 5 and 6 for a total of eight.
Jay-Z will also be pricing more than 7,000 tickets at $29.50 for all eight shows, so that fans who are unable to afford a typical concert-going experience can attend the Barclays Center’s grand opening.
Unfortunately, the reason for the addition of five more shows — to combat scalping and price gouging — is still taking place. Scalpers are selling nose bleed seats for $60 and floor seats for $6,800. The $29.50 seats are being sold for an average of $195.
Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark said about the price gouging, “We can’t control the secondary market. We price these shows so that anybody who wants to come can.”
The Barclays Center will be the home of the newly formed Brooklyn Nets. Jay-Z is not only a minority owner of the Nets, but also the director of Brooklyn Arena LLC, the company that owns Barclays. The Barclays Center will not only be a venue for the Nets and Jay-Z’s “homecoming” concert, but will also host concerts by Barbra Streisand, Neil Young and Justin Bieber.
Presale tickets will go on sale at 8:00 a.m., and regular sale tickets for all eight shows will go on sale Friday, July 13, at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and the Barclays website.
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