After selling out the entire festival in 2008, organizers are confident of doing the same for the 2009 event, which is scheduled for July 9-12. If that's the case, and I'm convinced the Jamboree will sell out. Fans had better buy their tickets sooner rather than later or they'll find themselves on the outside looking in.
The ceiling of 23,500 fans per day will remain in place for the 2009 festival and ticket sales have been brisk over the past four months.
Tickets are currently available for $159 each but the price will increase to $179 after the 16,000-ticket level has been reached. The first 3,000 tickets were sold for $139 with the next 5,000 tickets sold for $149.
"We're well over half sold right now ... It's hard to say when the ticket increase will come but I'd say we're probably within a few weeks of a ticket price increase," said Blevins. "I'm really encouraging people, especially with Christmas just around the corner, to get their tickets soon. Get them before the price goes up."
Maybe doing some simple math will help you decide if the price of a weekend pass is worth $159: Over the four days of the festival, 18 acts will perform on the mainstage with two high-profile acts beginning and finishing the festival in the beer gardens. That's 20 acts for $159, which works out to $7.95 per act.
Another measuring stick would be factoring in the cost of seeing one of the headliners at a separate concert. Strait is performing at Calgary's Pengrowth Saddledome on July 11 and tickets range from $89 to $149. So in essence, Stampede fans who buy a top-end ticket to see Strait could have used that money to purchase a weekend pass for every act at Craven.
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