Janet Dinkins’ amazement at seeing a short line for Lady Antebellum tickets Friday morning at James Brown Arena quickly turned into disappointment when they sold out five minutes after sales began at 10 a.m. for the May 22 performance.
Dinkins had been around 40th in line to buy five tickets for a girls’ night out.
An uproar erupted from fans who had been waiting in line for more than an hour when it was announced that only single tickets remained. The arena suppressed some of the outrage by telling patrons a second show would be added for May 23.
Those who remained in line were guaranteed seats if they waited until noon, when the tickets went on sale.
Peggy Smith had been standing at the box office window with her money in hand when she was turned away. Smith said the employee at the window kept pressing buttons trying to buy her two tickets but tickets were selling out too fast.
She was moved to the front of the May 23rd line.
“As far as we’re concerned, we sold out in three minutes,” said Katie Wells, the director of marketing for Augusta Entertainment Complex.
The move to a new line didn’t bother Bill Lariscy. He was there to purchase eight tickets for his family as presents for his son’s and daughter’s May birthdays.
“That’s what you do for family,” he said of the extra two hours he would be waiting in line for.
Shannon Arthur, of North Augusta, was able to purchase tickets for the May 22 performance, but she got in line at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
“I just wanted to get good seats,” she said.
Arthur, who was first in line, said she was looking forward to seeing the singing group for the first time with her daughter and friends.