Obama inauguration tickets put on sale early by mistake
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Two of the hottest tickets to President Barack Obama's second inauguration became even more difficult to acquire after the company responsible for selling seats to the official parade and ball on Sunday put the tickets on sale prematurely.
Public tickets for the official inaugural parade and ball were sold earlier than advertised by Ticketmaster, which first alerted buyers that the tickets would be sold on Monday but then sent out a second message opening up sales on Sunday.
The glitch caused the ticket broker's site to crash.
"All public tickets are first-come, first-served, including those sold tonight," the ticket giant said in an email s ent to potential buyers on Sunday evening. "There is no guarantee that you will be able to purchase a ticket at any time."