Students wait hours for Greenfest tickets

by Staff

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By Hutton Marshall, Managing Editor and Will Houston, Staff Writer

Buzz around chart-topping musicians Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is here at San Diego State following a recent announcement that the duo would be headlining GreenFest 2013. Approximately 4,600 tickets to their performance at Open Air Theatre went on sale at 8 a.m. on Monday, but eagerly awaiting students lined up long before to purchase tickets.

“I never went to bed and got here at 4 a.m.,” Jamie Lowden, a student who claimed a spot at the front of the line said. “I’m from Seattle and I love Macklemore. I’m a die-hard fan.”

Associated Students Programs Coordinator Daphney Bitanga said when the ticket office closed Tuesday, more than half the available tickets had been purchased. As of 5:30 p.m. yesterday, less than 600 tickets remained.

Last year’s GreenFest took place in F Lot and featured T-Pain as the main headliner. According to Bitanga, out of the 10,000 tickets available, more than half  had been distributed. Bitanga expects this year’s GreenFest to sellout completely. She attributes the quick sales to the early headliner announcement.

“(The students) knew who (Macklemore) was and had the opportunity to decide if they wanted to wait in line early or get their tickets,” Bitanga said. “So, I think it’s just hard to say. We were able to secure a really great artist that the students seem really excited about, so I think that helps ticket sales as well.”