JPJ Welcomes Dave Matthews

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

September 22, 2006

As the crews put the finishing touches on the stage, many fans spent the day trying to get those last minute tickets.

"I already have tickets but [my friends] don't so I am just looking out for them," said Ted Trestick.

Trestick was one of many fans hitting the box office this afternoon in hopes of scoring some Dave Matthew's tickets. He made the nearly 6 hour trek from New York to see the band play and while he has tickets, his friends are so far out of luck.

"They said they might dump some later on. The band might release some to the box office so we are hoping on that," Trestick said.

"Once they get loaded in and looking at production a little more, the band will release some of their holds and they will put those out," said John Paul Jones Arena General Manager Larry Wilson.

Over one hundred crew members spent the day preparing the stage, lights, and sound for tonight. While this is not the first show at JPJ, it is the first sellout which brings some extra excitement.

"Dave Matthew's Band is hometown. We think it is exciting for them to come here and play. Having two sellouts is even better than that," Wilson said.

While a sellout brings excitement, it also brings more planning for parking and concessions. However, Wilson says that problem is always welcome.

"The more sellouts the better. That means we're successful and the acts that come in here are successful. And success breads success," he said.

All the tickets are sold out for both shows. There is a chance some tickets could be made available for tomorrow nights show but if that happens, they will be available at the box office.

As for parking, the Law School lot is open both nights and it is free. The Darden School of Business lot is available for Saturday night's show and it is free. The lots at U-Hall, Emmet/Ivy Garage and Central Grounds lots are all available but they cost money.

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