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Lady Antebellum tickets sell out in a few hours

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After waiting in line for two days, Tammy Zabenko couldn’t stop the tears as she walked out the door of the Columbia County Library with three Lady Antebellum tickets in her hand.

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Patrick Richardson, who camped out since Wednesday, was first in line to buy Lady Antebellum tickets when the doors opened at 8 a.m. Saturday.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
Patrick Richardson, who camped out since Wednesday, was first in line to buy Lady Antebellum tickets when the doors opened at 8 a.m. Saturday.

“The first time I heard their first CD, I fell in love with them,” Zabenko said, covering her face to hide her emotion. “I can’t wait to tell my daughters.”

Zabenko had joined hundreds of others who camped in tents on the sidewalk to get tickets for the Oct. 28 concert at the new amphitheater at Evans Town Center Park. Because only 3,100 general admission tickets were offered, many thought they would miss out if they didn’t get in line early.

However, after the long line that snaked around the library and government center parking lots early Saturday morning was gone, almost 800 tickets were left 50 minutes after the doors opened at 8 a.m. Saturday.

As word spread that tickets still were available, more people began to arrive. The ATM set up in the lobby ran out of cash at 10 a.m., and the tickets were sold out by 10:30.

Columbia County Sheriff's Sgt. Earnest Furgeison, who handled security during the sale, complimented organizers on how well the event was organized. Furgeison said he noticed the lines moved quickly because the even dollar amount of the ticket price, requiring purchases to be cash only and limiting the number of tickets to four per person made it easy for cashiers to handle sales.

“It was very controlled and very well organized,” Furgeison said. “This whole process has been great since the first man set up a tent at noon on Wednesday. The crowd was enthused and excited when we opened the doors, and they just moved on through without stopping.”

Twelve cashiers were set up selling the tickets for the event, which will benefit the John W. Kelley, M.D. Cardiovascular Endowment, University Health Care Foundation and the MCG Health Children’s Medical Center.

“It’s been fun, interesting. It was a very good crowd; they were calmer than I expected,” cashier Mary Lin Maner said.

The first people in line, several of whom had been there for more than two days, brought some amusement to the cashiers.

“Some had layers of clothes, messy hair and morning breath,” Beverly Smith said. “And they couldn’t open their money up because their fingers were so cold and stiff. I felt sorry for them because I know they had to be tired. But, they were happy when they got their tickets.”

Those who took a chance and arrived Saturday morning were just as happy.

“I just came at 7:35 and got in line and lucked out, because evidently, these are like gold,” Alan Rogers said, holding up his badges. “It makes me feel a little bit guilty that I didn’t have to camp out.”

The acoustic concert also will serve as a dedication of the new amphitheater, Lady Antebellum Pavilion, which is named in the country trio’s honor. Corey Crowder and The Stewart & Winfield Band will be the open acts.

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mwright0622
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mwright0622 10/01/11 - 09:27 am
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Limited to 4 per person? I

Limited to 4 per person? I understand there should be some kind of limit ,but including me, there are 5 people in my family-so that means i couldn't buy a ticket for one family member? Husband is working-so he couldn't go with me just to buy that one extra ticket.

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Willow Bailey 10/01/11 - 09:57 am
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mwright, take one of your

mwright, take one of your children to make their purchase.

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Barry Paschal 10/01/11 - 11:38 am
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Free tuneup concert for the

Free tuneup concert for the new pavilion Oct. 22 with local bands.

raul
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raul 10/01/11 - 12:42 pm
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Well dang, I would have had a

Well dang, I would have had a shot at getting one without camping out. Oh well, hopefully they will be back.

Dipshot
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Dipshot 10/01/11 - 04:35 pm
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Lord have mercy, camping out

Lord have mercy, camping out for two nights for Lady A tickets? Sounds like these people need to get a life. Way too much free time on their hands. I guess the people who have jobs and have to work were not able to get any of these tickets

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 10/01/11 - 04:36 pm
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Hubby and I work. Went at

Hubby and I work. Went at 9:00 this morning......got our 4 tickets. No line, no waiting.

Bruno
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Bruno 10/01/11 - 09:50 pm
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One of the dumbest band names

One of the dumbest band names ever!

DowntownJaguar
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DowntownJaguar 10/01/11 - 10:15 pm
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I know this isn't a popular

I know this isn't a popular opinion around here but I believe Lady Antebellum is overrated. If they didn't have a connection to the CSRA they would just be another band.

Dipshot
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Dipshot 10/02/11 - 12:30 am
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One hit wonders

One hit wonders

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 10/02/11 - 12:54 am
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It would only be news if they

It would only be news if they didn't sell out.

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Vito45 10/12/11 - 04:19 pm
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This should not bother me,

This should not bother me, being the free market capitalist I am; but The L.A. tickets are showing up on the resale market for many multiples of face value. I understand if someone's plans change, but there are plenty of local folks who would gladly buy them at face. (somehow I don't believe this was the case). It would suck even more if they were some of the 700 or so reserved for so called VIP's or whomever those were set aside for.

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