The line was long and snakelike in the First Niagara Center on Friday morning, and Twitter fans seemed a bit nervous, but Bruce Springsteen fans in Western New York expressed little frustration in acquiring tickets for The Boss's Feb. 25, 2016, show.
[Update, 12:20 p.m.: LiveNation has announced that Springsteen's Buffalo show is sold out]
Here's a photo of the line at the First Niagara Center box office, where all of the ticket windows were open:
The stay in Tickets.com's virtual waiting room was short, especially for those who were prompt visitors at 10 a.m. By 10:20, though, finding two seats next to each other became costly -- one prospective buyer noted that the cheapest rate for a pair at this time was $350.
Here's some reaction from the Buffalo Twittersphere:
Nothing is more stressful then @springsteen ticket buying day.
— brenna burns brandt (@brennaburns) December 11, 2015
I just bought myself Bruce Springsteen tickets for Christmas! — reigningfrog (@reigningfrog) December 11, 2015
Anecdotal evidence suggests no problem getting Bruce tix online. #igottwo
— Bruce Andriatch (@BAndriatch) December 11, 2015
Bruce Springsteen is trending because of all the people who can't get tickets to his shows. That is a cruel irony.
— John Bonazzo (@johnbonazzo) December 11, 2015
If you click on the Springsteen trending topic you can see so, so many triumphant photos of computer screens — Vicmastime (@victoriaramirez) December 11, 2015
In other cities -- tickets for Springsteen shows in nearby cities like Cleveland, Rochester, Albany and more -- also went on sale today, which may have aided Buffalo buyers, yet the process didn't appear to be as seamless as it was in Western New York.
Looks like the Pittsburgh stop on Springsteen's tour sold out in less than 30 minutes. And we were even online when they went up. 🙁
— Kelly Beall (@designcrush) December 11, 2015
they were right in front of me, but i couldn't purchase them. STORY OF MY LIFE. — Buffalogal in NYC (@Buffalogal) December 11, 2015
Given the uproar in regard to speculative ticket buying for the Paul McCartney show in Buffalo before the general public had a fair shot, Assistant State Attorney General Jordan Adler sent letters to StubHub and Vivid Seats -- two prominent ticket-buying sites -- advising them to remove speculative listings, Dale Anderson wrote on Dec. 8.
[Read Jeff Miers' popular article on why speculative buyers are to blame for fans' disgust]
Still, as of 11 a.m. Dec. 11, tickets for The Boss on StubHub for the First Niagara Center show ranged from $120 to $5,000 -- well, the $5,000 was an extreme outlier -- but the majority of listings were between $200 through $500.
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