Lady Antebellum adds second concert after tickets sell out

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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.

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Shannon Arthur, 42, of North Augusta, sits with her son Nick, 18, at the head of the line for Lady Antebellum tickets. Arthur arrived at 2:30 p.m. Thursday and camped overnight in her truck. She said she was looking forward to seeing Lady Antebellum for the first time with her daughters and friends.  Emily Rose Bennett/Staff
Emily Rose Bennett/Staff
Shannon Arthur, 42, of North Augusta, sits with her son Nick, 18, at the head of the line for Lady Antebellum tickets. Arthur arrived at 2:30 p.m. Thursday and camped overnight in her truck. She said she was looking forward to seeing Lady Antebellum for the first time with her daughters and friends.

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.

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bdouglas
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bdouglas 12/03/11 - 12:05 am
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If only all those buying

If only all those buying tickets were people actually wanting to go to the shows. Just have a look at Craigslist already the same day they went on sale and you can see how many greedy scalpers were only buying them to flip for a quick profit. I'm sure the arena doesn't care as they sold the tickets either way, but scalpers sure take a lot of joy out of the deal.

arealist
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arealist 12/03/11 - 12:45 am
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I looked at craigslist at

I looked at craigslist at 10:15 and they were already listed at as much as 4 times face value. Crazy...

Vito45
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Vito45 12/03/11 - 12:57 am
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Crazy if you pay it too.

Crazy if you pay it too. Scalpers are getting filthy off people so stupid to see ____ that they are willing to pay exhorbitant prices. These are some of the same people living from paycheck to paycheck and are one paycheck away from not paying the rent. Amazing... Disgusting would be more like it.

charliemanson
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charliemanson 12/03/11 - 07:40 am
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Scalpers are just capitalists

Scalpers are just capitalists utilizing the supply/need system.

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 12/03/11 - 09:21 am
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agree about the scalpers..it

agree about the scalpers..it is wrong to take advantage of people. I joined the Lady A. fan club and was allowed to buy presale tickets online. It was great. Never had to stand in line and got a Lady A shirt. It cost $35 for the membership but it was worth it.

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comet2u 12/03/11 - 10:30 am
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You mean to tell me Verizon,

You mean to tell me Verizon, Comcast, Apple, Microsoft, Walmart, Starbucks, Target, and British Petroleum to name a few don't "take advantage" of people "crazy to pay" "exorbitant prices"??? Come on people...

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