WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Tickets for this year's Azalea Festival headliner, country crooner Scotty McCreery, are selling fast -- but some say the festival is charging too much for the show.
McCreery is scheduled to take the stage at UNCW's Trask Coliseum Friday, April 13. Tickets are $62.50 for bleacher seats and $52.50 for balcony seats.
Shannon Blizzard, a mother of three, is one of many who complained on the festival's Facebook page that the ticket prices this year are too high.
"[The prices are] definitely eliminating families from being able to go," Blizzard wrote.
Currently, McCreery is on the road, opening for Brad Paisley on tour, where tickets range between $59 and $70.
Azalea Festival President, Dr. Chuck Kays, argues that there are several reasons why tickets are priced as high as they are.
"Typically, the festival doesn't make money on the concerts…we usually lose money," said Kays. "We try to set ticket prices so they are affordable for the community."
He says that due to the seating at the coliseum, there are only about 4,000 available seats, and the festival has to sell enough tickets to pay the artist, cover production costs and rent out the facility.
He also says the festival doesn't make money off of the concert -- if anything, they breakeven.
Despite the complaints, it seems like many people in the area are still willing to pay to see McCreery.
Just 24 hours after tickets went on sale, 1,000 people have already purchased theirs.
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