For y'all who wonder why U2 isn't keen on revisiting Pop ... and for those lamenting ticket sales for 2017 ... have a look at the stats from PopMart, particularly the third leg in North America. Tampa is the show where Edge said 'Everyone, feel free to spread out!' Absolutely SHOCKING.
Though I do question the stats on the Georgia Dome. I was at that show, and that dome holds like 70,000 people -- not including the floor -- and while they didn't sell behind the stage, I feel like there were way more people there that the stats suggest. I didn't see 4,000 empty seats, I'll tell you that.
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Jacksonville had even less attendance than Tampa--14,491 vs. 18,751. I see a problem with them playing too many shows in the same geographic area--Tampa, Jacksonville, Miami. Miami nearly sold out, but the former two barely sold at all. Makes you wonder if they would have just played Tampa or Jacksonville if they would've come close to selling out. Also, playing St. Louis looks to have been a mistake (only half sold). Another mistake: doing Minn, Pontiac and Toronto. All three aren't terribly far apart and they would have been better off doing Pontiac and Toronto as the stats suggest. If you take those four shows out, most shows on that leg were close to or above 3/4 full.
You can see a similar effect on the first NA leg of that tour. Kansas City and Pittsburgh were between 43% and 61% full. KC was a mistake to play and I'm wondering why they made that mistake twice (doing KC the first time and then trying again with St. Louis less than 6 months later). Also booking Pitt, Philly, Columbus, DC and NJ back to back to back. Those aren't very far apart and it's no wonder they didn't sell them out. Keep in mind, too, that tickets were crazy expensive and they were bringing these huge stadium shows with expensive tickets to some cities with lackluster economies.
I don't know who planned this tour and its venues/tour dates, but whoever did massively screwed up. They are lucky they even sold as many tickets as they did considering the locations, close proximity of dates, prices etc.
To put it into perspective, it'd be like if they took TJT redux tour to 30+ US cities (20 on one leg, another 10 on the next leg) over the course of 6 months and charged $90+ per ticket, minimum. They would have a hard time selling most or even half of those out; heck, even a couple dates on this tour are no where close to being sold out.
A better way of doing things would have been to either cut tickets or play smaller venues like arenas.