Camping out for concert tickets is nothing new for Patrick Richardson.
But the Evans resident was surprised Wednesday afternoon that he was first in line to purchase tickets to the Oct. 28 Lady Antebellum concert at Evans Town Center Park.
“I talked to (Columbia County Community Events Specialist Keela Colombraro) yesterday and she said she had gotten thousands of phone calls from people all over the country planning to get in line early for tickets,” Richardson said. “Even so, I didn’t think I’d be first. I thought I’d be 20, 30, even 50th in line.”
Richardson said he “did the math” and knew he needed to get to the site of the ticket sale, the Columbia County Library, early to ensure his chance for tickets.
“There are only 3,100 tickets and you can only buy four,” he said. “If everybody buys four, that’s only 775 people getting tickets. … I knew I couldn’t take any chances.”
Lady Antebellum is a Grammy-winning country supergroup with two members – Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood – who grew up in Columbia County. They’ll be performing an acoustic show at a pavilion named for the band in the county’s new park on Evans Town Center Boulevard.
Considering the hometown connection, Richardson said he doesn’t believe the tickets will last.
“They’re a great band playing in a pavilion named for them,” he said. “This is the biggest thing to happen to Augusta since Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus were in their heyday.”
Over the years, the 39-year-old says he has camped out for tickets to see the Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic, The Dave Matthews Band and many more.
Richardson’s expertise showed as he came with a canvas folding chair, an umbrella, flashlights, comforter, sunscreen and a cooler full of sodas and water.
“I’ve got a sweatshirt, sweatpants, a warm hat at night, more clothes and my mom is just down the road if I need anything else,” he said.
In fact, Richardson is buying tickets for himself, his mother, sister and brother-in-law.
“I think he’s crazy,” said Richardson’s mom, Debbie Bradham. “But I’m glad he’s willing to do it. I’m a big fan of Lady A.”
Tickets for the Lady Antebellum concert go on sale 8 a.m. Saturday.
To keep patrons safe, sheriff’s deputies will be stationed at the library until the ticket sale concludes.
Campers will be allowed to set up at the entrance of the library and line up around the side of the building.
Though the library closes at 5 p.m. Friday, restrooms near the amphitheater will be open.
Campers are welcome to bring small tents, chairs and picnic items, but no alcohol, and smoking is not allowed on county property.
The ticket sale will be held in the lobby of the library on Evans Town Center Boulevard. They cost $40 each and a ATM will be available at the site.
For more information, call (706) 312-7192.