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Don’t go to PNC box office for Garth Brooks tickets

Tickets go on sale Dec. 11 for what should be one of the Triangle’s marquee country events of 2016: Garth Brooks’s first local appearance in 18 years.

Brooks will play two shows at Raleigh’s PNC Arena, the weekend of March 11-12. Joining Brooks on the bill both nights will be his fellow country star (and wife), opening act Trisha Yearwood.

The press release quotes a to-the-penny overall price of $74.98 for all seats -- a base price of $61.57 plus $4.16 in taxes, a $3 facility fee and service charge of $6.25. But checking Ticketmaster reveals a $65.73 face price, which would put the overall price at around $79. Anyway, count on paying somewhere in the range of $75-$80 per ticket.

Ordinarily, you’d be able to save the $6.25 service charge by buying in-person at the PNC box office. But for the first time at PNC Arena, there will be no box-office (or even Ticketmaster outlet) sales on the opening on-sale date for this one. When tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Eastern Time on Dec. 11, they’ll only be available online at ticketmaster.com, or by phone 800-745-3000.

There’s an eight-ticket limit per purchase. If both shows don’t sell out on Dec. 11, there will be box-office sales after that.

But between the relatively low original price and how long it’s been since Brooks played here, brokers/scalpers will probably see to it that virtually all subsequent sales will also be happening online -- on secondary-ticketing sites, with a lot more money changing hands than 75 bucks a ticket.

David Menconi: 919-829-4759, @NCDavidMenconi