Tickets for Elton's November concert at the Meridian Centre sold out Friday morning shortly after online sales were opened to the general public.
“Based on the hype, the amount of phone calls, the amount of friends coming out of the woodwork who were asking for tickets, we knew this would happen,” Kay Meilleur, Meridian Centre director of marketing, acknowledged.
“This is the biggest act that’s ever come to St. Catharines. When you have a legend in your building, you completely expect to sell-out that quickly.”
Tickets were $85.50 to $185 to see Elton and his band in a relatively intimate 360 degree setting with 6,400 people.
“It’s going to be a nice setup,” Meilleur told the Standard. “It will be a great place to see him rather than the ACC or Rogers where he’d be a little speck on the stage.”
The Meridian Centre announced last Monday that Elton would be stopping in St. Catharines on November 15 as part of his six-city Wonderful Crazy Night Tour 2017.
Meilleur’s original post on Facebook announcing the show reached 108,000 people.
“For me, it’s really a true indication of how many people are really interested in the show,” she commented.
American Express customers were able to take advantage of a pre-sale and snatched just under 3,000 tickets before Friday, when the general public had a shot at another 2,500. Additional tickets were also available to Meridian Centre club and suite holders.
Meilleur said all tickets were grabbed up immediately when Ticketmaster opened the online box office at 10 a.m. Friday. Buyers had a short time to complete their purchase before the tickets would be released back into the system. At 10:16 a.m. there were 400 tickets back up for grabs.
By 10:30, they were down to single tickets and there were only seven left at 11:45 a.m.
The very last ticket was sold at 12:20 p.m.