Elton John tickets going fast

Monday, August 27, 2007 | 8:33 p.m. CDT; updated 11:14 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

COLUMBIA — As of 8 p.m. Monday there were still tickets left for Elton John’s Oct. 5 concert at Mizzou Arena. Amy Carroll, director of marketing and booking at the arena, said the available seats were behind the stage.

Tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. today and they are going fast. The line of fans that formed at Mizzou Arena’s box office this morning stretched across the arena. Tickets also went on sale this morning at Ticketmaster outlets as well as on the company’s Web site.

Karen Ross, the first person in line at Mizzou Arena, said she had camped out with a friend since 5:45 p.m. Sunday.

“We wanted to ensure ourselves good seats,” she said. She walked away with 16 tickets.

Malissa Peacock of Columbia was also in line at Streetside. She saw an Elton John concert in Atlanta in 1973 with her sister; this time, she’ll be going with her children.

“I think my kids should see him and hear him,” she said.

Nick Soha, assistant manager of Streetside Records, said people were waiting in front of the store when he arrived for work at 9 a.m. He said the rush to get tickets for this show has been one of the busiest.

According to Ticketmaster, people can buy as many as eight tickets, which range in price from $47 to $67 for the upper bowl and behind the stage to $87 for seats in the lower bowl and on the floor.

Soha said that he expected tickets to be sold out by the end of the day.

“You want everyone to get a ticket and to be happy, but it just never happens, unless you get lucky,” Soha said.

Tickets for the event are being sold online at and in person at the following locations:

Streetside Records, 401 S. Providence Road

Mizzou Arena, Stadium Boulevard

The Blue Note, 17 N. Ninth St.

Schnuck’s, 1400 Forum Blvd.

Brady Commons, MU campus

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