Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Rapper Drake to perform sold-out show at the University of Texas at Arlington
Booking the big-name rapper makes this students-only show one of the biggest of spring 2012.
ARLINGTON The University of Texas at Arlington has scored one of the hottest current hip-hop acts to play a show for students this spring. Drake will stop in Arlington on March 2 for an exclusive show at UTA while on his North American Club Paradise Tour. Tickets went on sale on January 19 and ranged from $35-$80. Sales were restricted to students, faculty, and staff only.
Drake is signed to Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment label and recently released the album Take Care, which features the radio single "Headlines."
The show will help break in College Park Center, UTA’s new $78 million arena/venue that will host basketball and volleyball games, commencement exercises, and concerts. Rappers Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky are also on the tour.
The big-name rap concert will certainly put UTA on the map for notable concerts of the year in North Texas.
Drake — “Headlines” (official video)
Out of nearly 6,300 tickets sold, 3,200 were offered at a discounted rate for students only by the UTA Division of Student Affairs. The discount was $15 off on up to two tickets, and was on a first come, first served basis. Those tickets were paid for in part by the Division of Student Affairs, which sponsors one concert a year.
Some fans spent the night at the box office in hopes of snagging good seats. The show sold out in 3 ½ hours, with a large majority of the tickets purchased online -- meaning some dedicated fans that slept outside may not have received tickets. Only 177 tickets went to faculty and staff.
Bianca Garza, a senior at UTA, tried to buy tickets online, but after sitting in an online waiting room for almost three hours, was told that only handicapped seats were available. "I logged into the box office website during a 9:30 a.m. class and was instantly put in a waiting room," she said. "I waited until 12:30 p.m. to get in, and when I finally did, only handicapped seats were available. I was so mad because I thought, ‘Why did you let me in if was already sold out of regular seats?’"
Stay tuned for a review of Drake's performance after the March 2 concert.
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