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George Strait isn't as hot as expected: Alamodome, New Orleans tickets in higher demand

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Emotions ran wild in Reliant Stadium on Sunday night as George Strait worked his way through three decades of hits during his 21st Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo performance — one that was also his last.

Though 60 and not quite as light on his feet as he once was, Strait maintains the smooth voice and the charismatic stage presence that has earned him the title of the King of Country, and the record-setting rodeo audience of 80,020 appreciated it all up until the last minute of "Cowboy Rides Away."

 The monetary value of the floor seating collapsed as the date drew near.   

Although ticket prices to see Strait with the Randy Rogers Band and Martina McBride were initially astronomical, the monetary value of the floor seating collapsed as the date drew near. 

"The seats on the 50 yard line that were once $700 each could be had for $300 each in the days before the show," said Pat Ryan, co-owner of The Ticket Experience, a local secondary market ticket broker with years of experience.

Ryan explained that people wanting to spend big to see King George instead sprung for tickets to the final stops of Strait's farewell tour, in New Orleans on April 13 or at the Alamodome in San Antonio on June 1.

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