“Well over” 30,000 tickets have sold for Paul McCartney’s Green Concert at Piedmont Park, but there are still thousands left for the Aug. 15 show.
Monica Thornton, vice president of the Piedmont Park Conservancy, told me today that a successful pre-sale led many to believe that McCartney tickets were sold out. In fact, the park has a permit for up to 49,999 people, so there are thousands of tickets left.
Why so slow for such a superstar? It’s the usual answer these days: the economy.
“In this economy, certainly, we anticipated that ticket sales would be a little slower. This was a higher ticket than we had for the Dave Matthews Band concert [in 2007]. With those things in combination, we anticipated we wouldn’t have an automatic sell-out,” Thornton said.
The park is more than twice as large as Philips Arena, she points out, and they’ve already come close to selling enough tickets to fill that space for two nights. “We feel pretty good about that,” she said, especially with 11 days to go.
What else should you know? The entry times changed this week — pre-sale ticket buyers will be able to enter at 4 p.m., and regular ticketholders at 5 p.m.
Sell-out or not, parking will be a nightmare — none will be available at the venue or in the neighborhoods around it. And hey, it’s a green show: they’re encouraging all concertgoers to take MARTA or ride a bike.
Want to go? The Green Concert at Piedmont Park featuring Paul McCartney is Aug. 15 on Piedmont Park’s 10th Street Meadow in Atlanta. $79.50-$400. www.piedmontpark.org
Want to win tickets? An AccessAtlanta.com contest will give away VIP tickets, a poster signed by Paul McCartney and other prizes. Contest ends Aug. 9.
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