Is Adele Using Seat Fillers To Hide Unsold Las Vegas Seats?

Published on: January 11, 2023, 03:26 am.

Last updated: January 11, 2023, 03:40.

Sun. recently reported that superstar singer Adele was secretly using “seat filler” to mask empty seats at her Caesars Palace residence. Citing “Coliseum insiders” with the scoop, the British tabloid said some shows don’t draw full audiences, and filling the seats is necessary because “early demand to see her perform has fallen — and that’s reflected in ticket prices.”

Adele at Caesars
According to a recent British tabloid report, many people in this “Weekends With Adele” crowd at Caesars Palace aren’t true Adele fans, but packed seats — proof that demand to catch the singer’s first Las Vegas residency is in decrease (Image: travelandleisure.com)

This argument is weak for a few reasons, which is why Casino.org chose not to raise the initial report. First, resale tickets are tickets that have already been sold. Their prices have zero correlation with vacancies. Second, after every “Weekends with Adele” ticket sold out last summer, front-row seats were offered on Stubhub for $41,280 each. Now, many can be found for around $4,000.

Does $4,000 per seat really indicate a decline in interest in Adele or just a number of greedy individuals facing the reality of market forces?

What about seat padding?

As it turns out, Sun. was partially correct about filling the seats. They are used, according to a repudiation of Sun story by John Katsilometes, entertainment columnist for Las Vegas Review-Journal. But they’re not used to covering the shamefully unsold Adele seats.

According to Katz, Caesars Palace will call upon employees — and those who work for partner companies — to fill seats when it appears that ticket holders cannot attend the show.

No-shows have become increasingly common in Las Vegas since COVID-19, but especially after thousands of Southwest flights to Las Vegas were canceled over the holidays due to the failure of the airline’s antiquated reservation system.

Last minute tickets

As further evidence of his theory regarding Adele’s declining demand, Sun. also cited the fact that it is possible “for some fans to get a last-minute ticket for as little as a hundred dollars or so.”

Yes, that’s true too. But again, it’s not because of declining demand. Non-Caesars Palace employees have always been able to purchase same-day tickets in person at the venue’s box office. Typically, a few tickets become available for each show that has either been canceled or returned to the box office.

Relying on this method is far from a guarantee. But hey, you’re in Las Vegas, right?

Adele continues to perform at Caesars Palace this weekend through March 25. All tickets are sold out. (But did we really have to tell you that?)

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