a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Monday, May 15, 2017

the price of water and other things

This past weekend we went to an event at Talking Sticks Arena Resort.  It was Chris Tomlin's Worship Night in America. I like Chris Tomlin's praise songs he writes. Very talented and inspired. It was more like a worship service before a sermon at church. It was great singing his songs with about 10,000 other people and worshiping God. 

It has been years since we have gone out to any event like this.  The tickets were reasonably priced for the whole venue and there were tickets even as low as $15.00 a piece (in the "nose bleed" section - i.e. way up high) but their purpose was to make it somewhat affordable for all people to be able to go. We had pretty darn good tickets and they cost $69 each. (remember that price for later on). 

During the intermission we got up to stretch our legs, go to the bathroom, and get something to drink. This is the first time in a bathroom where there was a bathroom monitor. I had read about them (an employee who keeps track of what stalls are open and directs people to them. It helps to get the bathroom lines moving so to speak). Boy was she a sharp one and boy that line moved fast.

Then we go to some place to get something to drink. We both wanted water. Water prices are a big contention for me. Especially at movie theaters where a bottle of water is $4.00 or more per bottle.

So imagine my surprise (though I shouldn't have been surprised) when we saw the price for water (ready for this????) was $6.50. Yes $6.50. Water. Dasani water. Here's the clincher. You couldn't bring water bottles into the arena (all bags were checked and we went through security like we were at the airport). Then there were no plastic bottles allowed in the arena. Only cups. So they literally poured the water into a cup and put a lid on it and then you had the privilege of paying $6.50 for it. I kid you not. We were thirsty so of course we shelled out the $6.50. Which is funny if you think about it. We live in a desert and they promote hydration, hydration, hydration. Yet water was $6.50. Unimaginable. We weren't the only ones buying water.

So once seated waiting for the event to restart after intermission, I see that Neil Diamond is going to be there in August. Neil Diamond was the very first concert I went to back in 1976 in San Diego, California. Loved his music, loved the concert. Saw him two other times over the years both when we lived in Billings, Montana. This is advertised as his 50th anniversary tour. He's 76 years old. I thought "heck, it could be fun to go to this." 

So we looked at ticket prices.

Those nose bleed seats going for $15.00 for Chris Tomlin were going for $150. 

The tickets we had going for $69 were going for $287.

Front row seats were over $2000 EACH. EACH. 

VIP tickets (whatever that meant) were $2800 EACH. EACH!

Needless to say, we aren't going to see Neil Diamond. Thing is we could afford the $287 tickets EACH and it wouldn't affect our budget either way. But then I thought $287 times two for perhaps a 2 hour show??? What could $287 times two do to feed the hungry, help the homeless, etc. 

I'm sure the concert will sell out. After all its Neil Diamond. 

And I'm sure there will be plenty of people paying $6.50 for water.

Just not us.

Just not this time.

Just about never.

And you?

42 comments:

joeh said...

I'll bet they charge more for water at the ND concert too. That is too much for a concert.

TARYTERRE said...

I've heard about some venues charging up to $15 a bottle for water so $6.50 doesn't really surprise me. But I agree with you it's steep.

Bijoux said...

I get so angry every time I fly because you can't take a simple bottle of water through security, then you get charged $4 for a small bottle inside the airport. Seriously makes me want to scream.

Those ticket prices are terrible. It's shocking people will pay that.

Pat Hatt said...

Those prices are nuts. So even in the nose bleed section you're paying him about $75 an hour to perform. Times that by all the seats and it gets nuts. I'll stick to watching Youtube for free. No way I'd pay $2000 bucks either. And $6.50 for water is such a rip off.

jack69 said...

WOW< WOW, WOW. I am glad I am not a fan of concerts, never have been. I have always hated any venue that has a captive audience and feel the authority to drain them for one more $. You just shocked me. I had no idea tickets were this much, for either event. BUT then I scream inside at a $6 movie ticket. I haven't been to a movie in years, can you even get in for that price?

I'm sorry, I know I live under a rock and prefer nature, a walk in the woods to an event. My age + hearing adds to this attitude. Strange isn't it? in 1948 the cost to see a movie was 9 cents!!!!!!

Yep I know the world changes, I am a slow learner...

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Glad you could enjoy the worship night. It does sound very inspirational. I have been several places in the last few years where you couldn't take in refreshments or food. Years ago it would not have been a problem, but now everything is restricted. I find I'm going less and less. It's amazing though that concerts like Neil Diamons are usually packed. Who knew we had so many rich people in this world? The simple life agrees with me more and more.

Maria Zannini said...

Unbelievable!

I don't go to concerts anymore because the prices are just ridiculous. I'm not really sure how other people can justify it. They either have a lot more money or a lot less sense.

There are a lot of other things I could do with $287 and get more satisfaction from the investment.

Mevely317 said...

Dang, Betty ... I'm aghast. Both at the water rip-off and Neil Diamond. I've been fortunate to have seen him in concert 3-4 times (the first, Troy's dad actually sold his blood to afford us tickets). Most recently, I won tickets in some radio promo; I think it was 2006-07(?). Anyway, it was Tom's first time seeing ND. While he loved it, I couldn't help compare (unfavorably) to his earlier performances when he was younger. Sometimes I wonder why great performers don't choose to bow out gracefully.

PS - So glad you enjoyed Chris Tomlinson's show!

Jimmy said...

I can't see shelling out that kind of money for a concert either, glad you enjoyed Chris Tomlin I can sure see his prices better than ND.

6.50 is a bit pricey for water but about the norm for events.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Wow, that's really expensive water! And a horribly expensive concert.

Melanie said...

When I became concert age back in the 90s, tickets were around $20-30 a pop. Now, most are close to $100. There have been so many shows I would have loved to have gone to could not bring myself to dish out the cash. Even family broadway shows - like The Sound of Music - would have been over $400 to bring my family to. And that is nosebleed as in the very last row. That doesn't include dinner and parking.
Nope.

Megan Whitson Lee said...

$6.50!!!! That's crazy. But I think that's what it costs for a drink at the movies too. It's been a while since I've been to a big-name concert, but hubby and I usually go to our local outdoor venue and sit on the lawn. Much cheaper.

DMS said...

I think it is crazy to charge so much for water. Especially when one cannot bring in water. Yikes!
~Jess

Liz A. said...

Yes, ticket prices are insane. And concessions are too. They figure they have a captive audience.

Ann Bennett said...

I don't think spending about $600 for a concert would be satisfying. My thing is I don't like going to real expensive restaurants. I used to say there is nothing I like to eat enough to pay $20 a plate. With prices nowadays, I need to change that. We go to a fish place that is $20 a plate now.

I guess I would be miserable if I were ever rich. I would not want to live that high on the hog. I agree, I would get much more satisfaction helping someone out.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Glad you enjoyed your event. I don't know who Chris Tomlin is but I do love worship praise songs. Glad the bathroom line moved fast. Yes the water thing is outrages. They are making so much money on that water. They could still make a lot of money if they charges $2. and more people would buy it! Wow those are crazy prices on Neil Diamond tickets.
Debby

baili said...

it is nice that event meant lot to you .
such situations irritate lot though.
we also find prices of water bottle,tea ,coffee or any other edible item at cinema where they charge ten time more than real price so freaking

Victoria Zigler said...

Prices are getting ridiculous these days.

Intense Guy said...

Just ridiculous!

Joanne said...

It has gotten outrageous. I have a threshold of price pain. Sadly I have to keep raising it. Airline tickets and all of the "extras" that used to be included really torque me.
Neil puts on a fun show- I saw him long ago when he could still sing.

Wendy said...

And this is why I don't even go to movies anymore. I just wait for Netflix.

I've been to two Neil Diamond concerts, and like you said, he does a great show. He's not flashy, but he is all about the audience, that's for sure.

Alicia said...

Just this weekend I went camping with my sister and a friend and they were talking about going to concerts and I told them "no way". I have never been a fan of concerts but to pay that much to go see someone when you can just watch them on youtube, that's crazy!

Ruth said...

I think it is ridiculous to charge that much for water.
I would not pay $150 a ticket to see anyone. That is just nuts. But, they know people will pay so they will charge that much. I think everyone should just refuse to pay so much. But, I hear that if I want to see so and so I will have to pay. But, then again I will quit buying certain foods because they give you less and charge more.
That concert you went to sounds like something my mother might like. As long as it wasn't too loud. But, she loves singing in church.

Big Mark 243 said...

...glad you enjoyed your show... and as far as the prices of water and the Neil Diamond concert... it isn't just that they charge the prices that assures a profit, but for so many people, it is just extra money lying about... I wish that I could spend money like that..!

Saleslady371 said...

When I saw Neil Diamond twenty years ago, I could handle the crowds and ticket seats but a drunk behind me spoiled my fun. I loved seeing him in person and would love to see Chris Tomlin. I'm glad you got to go. I imagine over 10,000 people praising God...wow, a taste of heaven. Have a great week.

Nick Wilford said...

I hate exorbitant ticket prices for concerts which they basically charge because they can get away with it. I've been to very reasonably priced concerts recently - basically, favourite artists of mine who aren't as popular as they used to be - but you still get charged through the nose for refreshments inside the venue! It's the same as airports. The prices are higher because it's not like you have an option to go somewhere else.

Blue Grumpster said...

$6.50? In a golden cup, right? Nose bleed seats... such a funny word. Sing along: "Love on the rocks!"

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

They really soak you for water at any kind of arena. It's really not right. I have a hard time spending that much money to see an entertainer.

Secret Agent Woman said...

Wow. There is such a wrongness to that. I haven't been to a concert in years because I don't think the prices are remotely reasonable. And $6.50 for water is a sin. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Debby said...

That is plain and simple ROBBERY. They had everybody - and they knew it. I'd complain.

As for Neil Diamond. He's 76 and still a beautiful man. :-)

Joy said...

Chris Tomlin is a great song writer! :)

joy at The Joyous Living

salemslot9 said...

I wonder if
anyone filled their
cup in the restroom
what would the
bathroom monitor do? ;)

yaya said...

I saw Neil Diamond back in the day...I was 16 (1969). Great concert but I'm sure my boyfriend didn't pay that much for the tickets! I certainly hope not since I broke up with him not long after! Yes, sometimes you wonder how they get away with charging for stuff like water. If my husband charged that much for his Chiropractic patients to see him he'd be arrested or something! And I know his patients feel much better than Neil Diamond's fans do afterwards! Ha! Have a great week!

Linda said...

Glad you enjoyed Tomlin concert/worship! Sweet Caroline ... Neil will be here in a few days. Lately I'm just into listening to radio, I don't even buy cd's anymore. A cabin and nature hikes, that I'd splurge on every 5 years if possible.

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

Can't imagine anything I want to see at those prices! My daughter said the water should turn to wine for $6.50 a cup.πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‡
I Saw it on Facebook at Life & Faith in Caneyhead. :)

Elizabeth said...

Wow! Those Neil Diamond prices are crazy! I agree about the water, I think it's ridiculous that they charge so much for something as important as staying hydrated. I went as a sponsor with a church group to Six Flags a couple weeks ago, and they charged $5 for a water bottle. But you can't walk around in Texas heat and humidity for very long without water, so I dished it out...sigh!

I enjoy Chris Tomlin's songs as well, and there's nothing like a live concert worship experience. I'm glad you got to go :)

Blue Grumpster said...

Have a great weekend, betty.

Blue

Danielle L Zecher said...

There's no way I'd pay that for concert tickets. The VIP tickets are more than my monthly take home pay!

The water/soda prices at things like that always get me. You don't have much choice, and they seem to know that.

The Brown Recluse (TBR) said...

Sweet Caroline! There is no one I care to hear sing for $287 dollars for the best seats in the house, much less the nose bleeders. I like Neil Diamond, but I'm happy listening to his CD (mine was lost in the great crash of 2015...and I haven't replaced it yet.) Depending on who is was, I maybe would pay $69.

Munir said...

We pay about ten dollars a week for our water bottles because there is poison in our tap water here in Orange County NY .

Linda Lee said...

WOW! To see and hear Chris Tomlin! To worship together with an area full of Christians singing Praise to Our Lord. I think I will turn on his music now enjoy!
God Bless

Blogoratti said...

Hello and warm greetings to you. I hope you are well!