Rolling Stones show sold out within 2 hours

August 28, 2005|By Liz F. Kay | Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF

Tickets to the February Rolling Stones concert at the 1st Mariner Arena sold out less than two hours after sales started yesterday morning, concert promoters said.

"They pretty much blew right through them," said Bobby Holland, director of marketing for Cellar Door Concerts in Washington.

The show is the Stones' first concert in Baltimore in nearly four decades. Some Internet users reported, however, that tickets for the 12,000-seat venue were unavailable minutes after sales began at 10 a.m.

Holland said there was nothing wrong with the system.

"When you have that many people trying to buy tickets electronically, it takes a little time to process," he said. "They just ... sell quickly when it's a big band like that."

Many ticket-broker Web sites are offering seats at thousand-dollar prices. Ticketmaster sold most seats for $62 to $162, with the better spots going for $400.

Eileen Davenport, 46, of Essex, waited in line outside the Arena for two consecutive nights. She purchased four tickets in the third row for $99 each. She came prepared to spend $162 for each ticket, but while waiting learned there was a discount for those in line. "I was like, `Oh yeah, that's definitely in my price range,'" she said.

There were some downsides, however. Davenport reclined on an air mattress Thursday night, but it wouldn't inflate Friday. Someone stole her portable CD player and five CDs.

"Now we're just waiting for February to come around," Davenport said.

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