Burning Man announced today where ticket sales money goes to shed light on why tickets cost what they do.
On average, a Burning Man ticket will cost each participant $380.
There are about 3,000 tickets available for $650 each during the January pre-sale, but the majority of ticket purchasers attempt to purchase one of the 38,000 available tickets during the main sale in February.
This year, the Burning Man organization also introduced a mandatory Vehicle Pass for $40 each. Participants were allowed one Vehicle Pass per ticket purchased — the maximum being up to four passes for the pre-sale tickets and up to two for the general ticket sales.
This is $400 or more before participants buy camping supplies, food, gas or plane tickets for transportation to the event.
According to the announcement, the majority the cost of ticket sales goes to fees, equipment rental (including portable toilets), medical services and building the large wooden man structure.
The following are some of the costs Burning Man said it incurred in 2013:
• Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages the land the event is held on: 2013 fees totaled $4,522,952;
• 2013 cost for rental equipment (heavy machinery, portable buildings, staff radio gear, cars and trucks) came to $1,166,307;
• Portable toilets and related costs totaled $970,836;
• To offset the impact that the temporary population has on emergency services in the local area, the group pays county law enforcement, Paiute Nation and Nevada Highway Patrol a total of $301,660;
• On-playa medical services costs came to $455,024;
• Ticket printing and shipping was $479,741 last year;
• Man building and burning totaled $407,055;
• $1,021,851 last year in taxes and other licensing fees to the government; and
• $800,000 in 2013 grants to artists.