Although major ticket brokers are shying away from the resale of tickets, numerous tickets to the event can be found online on sites like Craigslist and eBay for up to 10 times face value, or $250. City officials in Norman also pointed out there is no prohibition on the sale of tickets outside the event on Saturday.
The money raised from ticket sales benefits the United Way of Central Oklahoma, which has established a fund specifically to aid victims of the tornadoes and violent storms that pummeled the state in May and led to 48 deaths. A separate benefit concert last month hosted by Oklahoma native country music star Blake Shelton and televised live on NBC raised more than $6 million in donations and pledges.
Debby Hampton, president and CEO of United Way of Central Oklahoma, said it’s not clear how much Saturday’s concert will generate, but that money raised will help with immediate, intermediate and long-term needs of those affected by the storms. Hampton said she also said she was disappointed to learn that some people were looking to mark up the price of tickets and make a profit off the misfortunate of others.
“It is disheartening that somebody would think that way,” Hampton said. “I’m close to the disaster, and when you see the destruction and the lives that have to be rebuilt, to hear that someone would capitalize on that, it is tough to hear.”