Update 8/18: With less than a week until SummerSlam the average price of SummerSlam tickets has risen to $538.89, making it the most expensive WWE event since at least 2010.
For the past six years, WWE has held its second biggest event of the year, SummerSlam, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. For the 2015 edition, WWE decided to head back East, with the show originally scheduled for East Rutherford, New Jersey’s Izod Center. However shortly after the venue was revealed, it was announced the arena would be closing. WWE needed a new host site and chose the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. When tickets went on sale for the event, they sold out within minutes, showing an incredibly high initial demand for the event.
TicketIQ began tracking secondary market data in 2010, and 2015 SummerSlam tickets are currently the second most expensive for any WWE event since that time. The current average price for SummerSlam tickets is $432.60 with a get-in price of $238. It trails only January’s Royal Rumble, which was held at Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia. The Royal Rumble, WWE’s official kickoff for WrestleMania season, had an average price of $500.44 in Philadelphia with a get-in price of $240.
Of the six most expensive WWE shows, three have taken place in the New York Metro area. Joining this year’s SummerSlam was WrestleMania XXIX held at MetLife Stadium and Survivor Series in 2011 at Madison Square Garden. All this helps the case for WWE moving SummerSlam for Los Angeles this year. Counting the whole East Coast, five of the six most expensive events are included with WrestleMania XXXI at Levi’s Stadium the lone exception. The New York demand also also helped WWE sellout NXT Takeover Brooklyn the night before SummerSlam. The current average price for NXT Takeover tickets on the secondary market is $149.22 with a get-in price of $39.