Geddes (WSYR-TV) -- Plenty of you have emailed or called our newsroom wanting to know what’s going on with the tickets for this summer’s State Fair concerts.Scroll down to get ticket information for Keith Urban and Jason Aldean concerts.
State Fair Director Dan O'Hara is excited to announce the fair's new contract with Etix
-- one of the largest ticket selling companies in North America. The system will offer concert goers a whole new system to order, buy and secure your grandstand seats.
Say goodbye to the old fashioned paper tickets. You’ll now be able to place your orders online and with a smartphone and download a barcode to pass through the gates to see your favorite band. However, paper tickets will still be available.
How much will tickets cost? That hasn’t changed, according to O’Hara. They’ll range in price from $45 to $65. A $3.75 service fee will, however be tacked on, but as O’Hara says, “It’s drastically lower than what fees have been in the past, so it’s a significant savings for concert goers.”
Next question: Who will we be seeing on the big stage this year? We know about Keith Urban and Jason Aldean, but what about other acts?
“We've got offers out there for other shows, we hope to have those offers confirmed in the next couple of weeks to make the announcements,” O’Hara said.
The fair has already made plenty of announcements about free Chevy Court acts. If you’ve noticed the shift in concert priorities, there’s been a bigger emphasis on the free acts, versus the Grandstand concerts. O’Hara says they’re trying to provide a fair balance of affordable entertainment for families.
“The economy, it's still challenging out there, people don't have a lot of discretionary funds that they may have had in years past, so they want to blend it,” O’Hara said.
The fair may be behind in announcing Grandstand acts, but now that the new system is in place, O’Hara is confident they’ll have five to seven shows lined up. Less than in the past, but again, they’re placing more emphasis on the free Chevy Court concerts.Ticket information for Keith Urban and Jason Aldean concerts
Tickets for the Keith Urban and Jason Aldean concerts be available Saturday, June 16 at the New York State Fair Box Office from 9 a.m. to noon, through etix.com
or 1-800-514-3849. The State Fair has written a guide
for buying tickets online using etix.com.
Keith Urban with opening act David Nail performs at the grandstand on Friday, August 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets prices are $65, $55 or $45.
Jason Aldean with opening act Luke Bryan performs on Friday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets prices are $65, $55 or $45.