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  • These people need to get a life

    I would imagine some of you are going to disagree with me - but please to those who waited in line since 6:00 PM last night - get a life. (sorry, I know that isn't an original phrase)

    http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dl...plate=printart




    July 22, 2008


    Many left without Lucas Oil Stadium tour tickets again

    By Bess Davis
    bess.davis@indystar.com

    11:55 AM -- Tour tickets snapped up again

    About 1,000 people crowded the Conseco Fieldhouse box office this morning in an attempt to once again get free tickets for a Lucas Oil Stadium tour.

    The 20,000 tickets, also being distributed online at 10 a.m., were gone in within 20 minutes, leaving many in line grumbling.

    The latest tour was added to the Aug. 16 Lucas Oil Stadium Grand Opening slate late last week after 80,000 tickets for four free tours were gone in a little over an hour.

    Dana Orange, 37 and Tim Luke, 40, both of Indianapolis, turned up at the Fieldhouse at 6 p.m. last night and were the first people in line.

    The Fieldhouse didn’t open to let people in until 6:30 this morning, so Orange and Luke, along with many others, had to wait out the night outside, electrical storm and all.

    “We huddled, but we stayed,” said Orange.


    Orange and Luke didn’t go out last week to get the original tour tickets, but after hearing about the new tour, they decided to try to this batch.

    Orange waited in line to get tickets for herself, Luke and her parents, Lawrence and Marilyn Orange. Orange’s father is recovering from and intestinal surgery.

    “This should be a nice little present for him,” said Orange.

    When 9:55 a.m. hit and the ticket sellers opened their blinds, the sleepy, reclining line snaking through and outside the Fieldhouse stirred and cheered.

    Twenty minutes later, the line booed when Fieldhouse security announced that all 20,000 tickets were gone.

    Hundreds of people, some who had been waiting outside the box office since 8 a.m., were turned away as the sellers shut their blinds and security began to mill around the ticket windows to keep the crowds from getting too worked up.

    Tickets were limited to four per person this week, after last week’s limit of eight meant that tickets went faster with many ending up for sale on eBay.

    Still, with everyone in line getting the maximum of four tickets and the whole pool of tickets being available online, the tickets went too fast for waiting people to finish getting in the doors.

    One woman, Krystal Hubble, 43, of Indianapolis, was near the head of the line when security announced that the tickets were gone.

    “I’m not leaving yet,” declared Hubble as some in the line started to leave.

    Hubble went to the Fieldhouse last Monday to try for tickets to the first tours, but when she showed up at 11:15 a.m., all the tickets were gone.

    She decided to wait at the box office this morning for “another fifteen minutes” before giving up on them opening another tour.

    “We’ll take one ticket,” she yelled toward the shaded ticket windows, and the crowd behind her muttered in agreement. “We don’t need four!”

    At about 10:30, Peggy Gamlin, 58, of Indianapolis, made her way up to the box office to check if the four tickets she had just bought on a corner from a scalper for $25 were authentic.

    The box office couldn’t ensure the authenticity of the tickets, though they looked like those that had been given away just fifteen minutes before.

    “I wouldn’t get to see it unless I paid for a free ticket,” said Gamlin.

    10:24 AM -- Tour fans weather storm

    About 600 people were gathered at the Conseco Fieldhouse box office Downtown Tuesday morning for the chance to get up to four free tickets for the Lucas Oil Stadium tour Aug. 16.

    Dana Orange, 37, Indianapolis was the first in line at 6 p.m. Monday. She stayed through the thunderstorm.

    “We huddled, but we stayed,” Orange said. “We appreciate them doing this the second time around for die-hard fans.”

    -- Bess Davis

    10:16 AM -- Free stadium tour tickets going fast today

    Tickets for what is expected to be the last pre-opening public tour of Lucas Oil Stadium appeared to be going fast this morning.

    About 10:10 a.m. this morning, the Web site of ticketmaster.com appeared to have few if any passes left for any of the four tour times, of 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

    A check of all four time slots for four tickets prompted a message from Ticketmaster saying, "We couldn't find tickets that matched your request."

    The tickets became available online at 10 a.m., as well as at the Conseco Fieldhouse box office.

    Mayor Greg Ballard requested adding the fifth tour, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16, because of the huge demand. Unlike tickets for the earlier tours, these are limited to four a person.

    The Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority had originally made available 60,000 free tickets for three tours. But those tickets were snapped up in less than a half-hour Aug. 14. The authority quickly added another tour, but those 20,000 tickets were also snatched within an hour.

    And almost as soon as those tickets were gone, some fans began selling them online, much to the dismay of the stadium authority.

    The new tour, like the others, will allow the public to take a self-guided look at areas such as suites and the locker room, as well as walk on the field and purchase refreshments from the new concession stands.

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    Last edited by Unclebuck; 07-22-2008, 02:32 PM.

  • #2
    Re: These people need to get a life

    It's just a tour. Like they said on the news last week:

    There are many other "affordable" events going on for the public to see the new stadium this fall.

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    • #3
      Re: These people need to get a life

      Yes, that is ridiculous.


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      • #4
        Re: These people need to get a life

        Well, they weren't being pulled over for excessively tinted windows and they weren't in a shoot out at Club Rio so I say good for them.

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        • #5
          Re: These people need to get a life

          Originally posted by duke dynamite View Post
          It's just a tour. Like they said on the news last week:

          There are many other "affordable" events going on for the public to see the new stadium this fall.
          My neighbor is supposed to be going to see Warren Cenrtal play some time this season, that can't be too expensive.

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          • #6
            Re: These people need to get a life

            There's no way I pay money for these or wait in line -- I'm with you on that.

            Having said that I think it sucks if there are thousands of people who normally can't afford to see the place who won't because brokers are sitting on piles of tickets.

            And I also want to point out that the Colts should be doing cartwheels that there are so many people that are itching to get in the place.

            It sure wasn't that way when I first moved to town 15+ years ago.

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            • #7
              Re: These people need to get a life

              Why did the city have tickets in the first place, they knew that they would be up for sale. After all the people of Indy are the ones who built that place. Open the doors and tell the people here is what you are paying for. To me it does not show much respect for you people of Indy.

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              • #8
                Re: These people need to get a life

                Originally posted by OTD View Post
                Why did the city have tickets in the first place, they knew that they would be up for sale. After all the people of Indy are the ones who built that place. Open the doors and tell the people here is what you are paying for. To me it does not show much respect for you people of Indy.
                One huge problem. You can only let so many people in there at a time. If you do as you suggest - 200,000 people might show up on the same day, and 150,000 of those people waiting outside - you have to go the ticket route

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                • #9
                  Re: These people need to get a life

                  Originally posted by Erik View Post
                  My neighbor is supposed to be going to see Warren Cenrtal play some time this season, that can't be too expensive.
                  Shouldn't be more than $10, right?

                  Originally posted by OTD View Post
                  Why did the city have tickets in the first place, they knew that they would be up for sale. After all the people of Indy are the ones who built that place. Open the doors and tell the people here is what you are paying for. To me it does not show much respect for you people of Indy.
                  UB is right. You can't just let everyone in at once. It would be madness. You'd have to hire hundreds more security guards for just a few days as well.

                  The reasoning behind the tickets is that it's a structured, orgainzed tour. They were given out for free, but you just have to be lucky. The city also isn't obligated to offer these tours. They don't have to. They are being nice by doing these tours.

                  They still give out tours of Conseco Fieldhouse as long as they are requested. From what I understand is that they don't require large groups. Just call up and schedule a tour. Maybe they will do that at LUC.

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                  • #10
                    Re: These people need to get a life

                    Ok - I'm not sure the comment in the OP was called for. Obviously it was important to them so why judge their choice. Perhaps this was more appealing to them than watching on-the-ball pressure defense.
                    The best exercise of the human heart is reaching down and picking someone else up.

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