Saturday, 26 September 2009

Springsteen's 1st Mariner show sells out in 20 minutes

Bruce Springsteen fans snapped up all the tickets for The Boss' 1st Mariner Arena show in a mere 20 minutes, officials said Friday.For the record, that's about 15 minutes faster than pop star Hannah Montana, according to Frank Remesch, the arena's general manager.The approximately 14,400 tickets for Springsteen's Nov. 20 gig sold out without major hitch, Remesch said. The night before the tickets went on sale, he worried it wouldn't sell out, thereby proving Baltimore's reputation as a second tier tour stop."I was nervous and apprehensive," Remesch said. "But after the first five minutes, we were already into the upper third level. At that point, it was ear-to-ear smiles."About 150 people stood in line outside the arena's box office Friday morning, and nearly everyone in line was able to get a ticket, Remesch said."It was a actually, actually neat thing," he said. "You had a mix of citizens like you wouldn't believe, from ages to jobs. It was just phenomenal."This will be Springsteen's first performance in Baltimore proper since 1973, when he opened for Chicago at the arena, then known as the Baltimore Civic Center. Soon after Friday morning's sellout, tickets for the gig appeared on online broker StubHub for as much as $849.

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