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Students camp-out for Maroon 5 Tickets

Tickets for the Activities Council’s fall concert have been selling at a high rate.
Maroon 5 tickets went on sale Sept. 24 and Special Events Reserve Fund Co-coordinator Kathleen McGing said 900 were sold by the end of the day.
“Students have been even more excited than we expected about Maroon 5 and K’naan,” she said. “We’re so happy that we could bring something to Bradley that so many people are enthusiastic about.”
Director of Student Activities Michelle Whited said students are excited because Bradley hasn’t had a band of Maroon 5’s caliber in a long time.
“By ticket sales we can tell they’re very excited,” she said. “We haven’t had a one-day sale as big as that.”
Whited said about 30 students camped out in front of the Michel Student Center to wait for tickets.
Junior cell and molecular biology major Catie Marek said she was one of the first students who stayed the night for tickets.
“My friends began waiting in line at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday,” she said. “I went home to get my sleeping gear and joined them at 9:30 p.m. We held IDs for a lot of our friends.”
Marek said the line got longer as the night went on.
“Being the first group in line, we saw the line form behind us,” she said. “About four or five groups camped out all night, arriving as early as 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Some groups rotated shifts with their other friends.”
Marek said it was definitely worth the wait.
“Maroon 5 is a true musical genius,” she said. “For $10 and a night of camping my seats are a steal. An opportunity for front row seats never knocks on anyone’s door for such a small price.”
McGing said she hopes tickets sell out to solely Bradley students.
“It would be great to have it be an all Bradley show,” she said. “The theater holds a little over 2,100 people, so it is possible. If ticket sales keep going like they have been, we may sell out to only Bradley students, but that is not our expectation … students should get their tickets as soon as possible in order to get the best seats possible and not have to worry about the show selling out.”
Whited said as of last Friday more than 1,000 tickets were sold. Tickets for faculty members began selling Monday. The general public will have to wait until Nov. 9.
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