• Raised entertainment taxes means higher ticket prices

    By: Jason Stoogenke


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Be prepared to pay more for sport tickets, concert and movies in 2014.

    North Carolina lawmakers cut income and corporate taxes for the new year, but raised entertainment taxes.

    Based on the new rules, a Panthers ticket that cost $100 should jump to a little more than $104.

    Action 9 investigator Jason Stoogenke checked with the head of ticket sales at Bank of America Stadium to see how the new tax rules will impact ticket prices for the Panthers playoff game next weekend.

    Stoogenke found the new laws don’t apply to this season’s playoffs.

    But across the street, an $8 Charlotte Knights ticket in the new stadium will cost $8.32.

    A $10.50 movie ticket will be $11.15, a $75 concert ticket will become $78.02. and a $95 musical at the Blumenthal will be $98.83.

    Serious football fans from out of town probably will pay a few dollars more, but casual fans may not.

    “Depending on the season, I don’t think it would make a difference. But if you doubled it, fans that don’t come every week might have a second thought,” said visitor Dane Wetzler.

    Panther playoff tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

    For more information on Panthers playoff tickets, click here.

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