“There were some people who were standing in line with their computers just in case they were able to buy them online before they were able to buy them in person,” she said.
While it lulled again at 3 p.m., more rushes continued up until 5 p.m. when the ticket office closed.
“We sold our last ticket in person right before we closed our office at 5, literally at like 4:55 p.m.,” she said.
By the end of office hours, Heming said the office had brought in roughly $56,950 from in-person sales, along with $24,266 of sales online.
Yet despite the urgency with which fans attempted to purchase their tickets, the office hadn’t sold out as of 5 p.m. yesterday. Approximately 250 tickets remain unsold, though Heming says that number could change if those tickets are purchased online before the ticket office reopens today.
Heming said that the rush might be attributable to the Kevin Hart concert selling out in two and a half hours last year, so students may have been wary of tickets selling out quickly again. This year, however, students were only allowed to purchase a maximum of five tickets, compared to 10 last year.
“We let groups come up together, but each person can buy only five tickets,” she said. “I feel like if we had opened it up for people to buy more, it might have been sold out (earlier).”
Nonetheless, the tickets are distributed on a first-come first-serve basis, so early birds were able to secure the best seats for the show. People buying tickets at the office were able to pick which seats they wanted, an option not available to online purchasers.
Heming expects a similar turnout for Friday’s ticket sales for the Aziz Ansari show, though she noted that front row seats have already been accounted for as part of the VTU Lively Arts package, sold each year independent of individual shows. But still, she suggests preparing to get there early to get the best spots.
“Its still worth (camping out) because I was looking at the seating today and they’re still a lot of really good seats available, so you might as well,” she said. “I don’t know if it will be as crazy, but it will definitely be a crazy day.”