Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

August 05, 2008

2008 Fair Concert Ticket Sales to Date Beat Last Yearís Total

Concert Tickets are Still Available for Top Shows

With the New York State Fair still three weeks away, ticket sales to the Fairís grandstand concerts have already exceeded the total of all grandstand tickets sold for the 2007 Fair, marking a successful debut for Live Nation, the Fairís new booking agent and promoter.

As of Aug. 5, a total of 69,407 had been sold to the 11 grandstand events arranged through Live Nation, the worldís largest concert promoter. People still have 16 days to buy advance sale concert tickets. Last year, only 66,652 tickets were sold for all 11 shows.

Gross box office receipts for the 2008 concerts have also surpassed last yearís total. As of Aug. 5, ticket sales totaled $3,654,966 for the concert series, which begins on Aug. 21, the Fairís opening day. Last year, gross box office receipts for the Fairís entire concert series totaled $3,576,660.

"We are extremely pleased with the job Live Nation has done for us and believe the publicís strong response to this yearís concert lineup indicates the Fair is moving in the right direction in regards to national entertainment," State Fair Director Dan OíHara said. "Their involvement has enabled us to provide Fair visitors with high-quality entertainment at an affordable price."

Average ticket prices for the 2008 shows are slightly lower than those for the 2007 shows, despite continued increases in the price of entertainers and other concert costs. The average ticket price this year is $41.92, compared with $47.61 for last year. And some events, like Vanessa Hudgens/Corbin Bleu and the Orange County Chopper build-off, are priced well below 2007ís most affordable concert.

Already this year, three concerts Ė The Jonas Brothers, Rascal Flatts/Taylor Swift and Journey/Heart/Cheap Trick Ė have sold more than 12,000 tickets. Only one concert, Kenny Chesney, reached that mark in 2007.

Live Nation was retained to book and promote the New York State Fairís national entertainment at the grandstand and at Chevy Court. It currently manages both the Jones Beach concert venue on Long Island for the state Department of Parks and Recreation and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center near Albany.

Changes in the live entertainment industry Ė including rising performer costs and greater consolidation among booking agencies that put small, independent venues like the Fair at a disadvantage Ė persuaded the Fair and the State department of Agriculture and Markets to take a new approach. The Department of Agriculture and Markets selected Live Nation and negotiated a one-year contract that will put the Fairís concert series on firm financial ground.

Tickets are still available for all of this summerís State Fair concerts, although seating availability may be limited for some. Tickets may be purchased at the State Fair Box Office or online through or Additional information is available on the New York State Fairís Website

This is the lineup for the 2008 Best Buy Concert Series on the Coors & LaBatts Stage at the Mohegan Sun Grandstand:

Aug. 21 Daughtry

Aug. 22 Goo Goo Dolls, Gavin DeGraw

Aug. 23 Journey/Heart/Cheap Trick

Aug. 24 Def Leppard

Aug. 25 Brooks & Dunn/ZZ Top

Aug. 26 Boston/Styx

Aug. 27 Vanessa Hudgens/Corbin Bleu

Aug. 28 Toby Keith

Aug. 29 Jonas Brothers

Aug. 30 Orange County Chopper

Aug. 31 Rascal Flatts/Taylor Swift

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