Summer can be a time that brings two popular outdoor experiences, baseball and concerts. As the warm air comes over most of the country, both of these events can be enjoyed comfortably outdoors, something that can not be said about the other times of the year. While many of the concerts in question take place in amphitheatres, there are a few big enough to be held inside stadiums. Most of those stadium shows take place inside massive football stadiums, but some have the unique placement of a baseball stadium.
Placing a concert in a football stadium during the summer usually does not come with difficult scheduling. NFL teams don’t start their preseason until the middle of August, leaving around two and a half months of idle time for concerts to be scheduled. Baseball stadiums, though, host their baseball teams throughout the dog days of summer. This needs a perfect storm of scheduling and performances big enough for a stadium atmosphere to work. During the summer there are 36 stand alone concerts scheduled for baseball stadiums, with some of the biggest names in music set to perform.
14 of MLB’s 30 stadiums will host a touring concert at one point this summer. 10 of those 14 will hold more than one show. While many might think of the bright lights and warm weather of the West Coast for events such as this, the East tends to take full advantage of the summer wind. Fenway Park (7), Citi Field (4) and Wrigley Field (4) are the only stadiums to host more than three concerts during the summer. Below is a heat map of where these concerts are taking place by state:
While Fenway in Boston will easily hold the most concerts, it won’t come close to the most expensive tickets on the secondary market. For stadiums with three or more shows, that honor belongs to Nationals Park in Washington D.C. The home of the Washington Nationals will host two Taylor Swift shows on back-to-back nights in July, as well as Zac Brown Band concert in August. The average price across those three shows is $264.41. Among stadiums with at least two shows, San Diego’s Petco Park doesn’t have a close competitor. Petco held The Rolling Stones’ opening show of their Zip Code Tour and will see Taylor Swift stop by on her 1989 Tour at the end of August. Those two shows combine for a secondary market average of $433.89. Swift, along with Billy Joel, will play the second most shows of any artist in a baseball stadium this summer with four. Zac Brown Band will be the only artist to play more with seven MLB stadium shows. Those include three shows at Fenway Park, two at Citi Field and the only concert this summer at Denver’s Coors Field. Four other artists will play at least two baseball stadium shows. Those artists include Foo Fighters, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones and One Direction.
Of the group, no artists has a more expensive average for these stadium shows than Swift. Taylor Swift tickets have an average price of $366.10, 15.39% more expensive than the overall average of the 1989 Tour, which is already the most expensive current summer tour. No band sees a higher premium than Foo Fighters, though, as their three stadium shows are 19.43% more expensive than the Sonic Highways Tour average.
Three artists will see price declines for their stadium shows: Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones and One Direction. No artist sees a bigger price decrease than One Direction as shows at Rogers Arena and Miller Park are nearly 18% below the overall average for On The Road Again.