NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Madonna recently embarked on the maiden leg of her “Rebel Heart” tour, which will power across the U.S. and Canada through the end of October. Fans planning to attend will be greeted with plenty of surprises over the two-month stretch, though none will likely be bigger than the one planned for her three New York City gigs this week. Across two shows at Madison Square Garden (MSG – Get Report) and one gig at the Barclays Center, Madonna will call upon star comic Amy Schumer to open each night.
Get ready to pay big if you’re still looking for tickets in the Big Apple. According to TiqIQ, the average secondary market price for Madonna tickets over her next three shows is $465.66, marking a 38.6% premium over her tour average of $335.91. In fact, ticket prices are so high that both her second MSG show on Thursday and her stop at Barclays Center Saturday are averaging over $500 on the resale market.
The fun will begin in New York this Wednesday when the 57-year-old plays her first MSG gig. The average price for September 16 Madonna tickets is now $360.73, which serves as her cheapest date in New York this week. The get-in price is listed as $106. Prices will skyrocket following Wednesday’s show, with her Friday night gig at MSG now averaging $500.27 and get-in price starting at $108.
The Madonna-Schumer combo will come to an end on Saturday when the two cross the East River and head to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Saturday’s show has garnered the biggest ticket demand among all three New York City shows, as Madonna tickets at the Barclays Center currently own a secondary market average of $504.65 and a $115 get-in price.
The exorbitant secondary market ticket prices don’t end there for Madonna. Her stop in Brooklyn only serves as her fourth most expensive show of the tour, with shows at American Airlines Arena in Miami, The Forum in Los Angeles and Las Vegas’ MGM Grand later this year owning higher ticket averages. Each show currently has a $500+ average and her October 24 gig in Sin City is averaging a whopping $913.12. The cheapest ticket for the Las Vegas show is listed for $177.
While preliminary reports claimed that the iconic singer’s tour was flopping with poor ticket sales, Madonna is seeing quite the reverse trend; she has continued to add dates while ticket demand remains considerably high on the secondary market. The tour, which will also include legs in Europe, Asia and Australia, is the second most expensive tour this year behind Taylor Swift’s “1989” World Tour, which is averaging an astounding $377.64 ticket price across her 71-show excursion in the U.S. and Canada.
Madonna’s current tour is running in promotion of Rebel Heart, her thirteenth studio album that was released in March. Some 65 shows are scheduled across the globe through the end of March 2016; 29 of those dates will be held in the U.S. and Canada.
(@Jesse Lawrence for The Street)