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Sweetland ticket sales skyrocket; more on sale soon

By Tyler H. Jones

tjones@civitasmedia.com

A chart shows seating levels of Sweetland Amphitheatre.
http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_SeatingWEB.jpgA chart shows seating levels of Sweetland Amphitheatre. Contributed
Becca Eiland, director of the Sweetland Amphitheatre at Boyd Park, surveys the new facility during a tour in November. General admission season tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at www.sweetland.events.
http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_WEBSweetland06.jpgBecca Eiland, director of the Sweetland Amphitheatre at Boyd Park, surveys the new facility during a tour in November. General admission season tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at www.sweetland.events. File

LaGRANGE — If you’re planning to catch a concert at the new Sweetland Amphitheatre downtown this summer, you’d better act fast.

During pre-sales last week, reserved season tickets — that’s the numbered, stadium-style seats for the entire concert series — completely sold out, according to Becca Eiland, Sweetland’s director.

A small inventory of single-ticket, reserved seating will go on sale on April 1, though — but they’re not season tickets.

“Sweetland can’t thank the community enough for its tremendous support,” she said. “Their enthusiasm for our venue was plainly reflected in our strong ticket sales.”

If you weren’t able to snag one of the 1,200 season tickets sold last week, don’t panic, Eiland added. There’s still an opportunity to buy general admission season tickets beginning Friday at 10 a.m. Eiland said about 400 general admission season tickets will available for purchase. If you’re planning to buy, Eiland recommends being poised and ready at your computer at 10 a.m. Friday when they go on sale. General admission season tickets cost $145 each, plus processing fees.

On April 1, single event tickets will go on sale for every other concert in the summer series, with the exception of the September show, which will be announced on that day, Eiland said. Prices vary by seating level.

Eiland also encourages people to check the ticketing website regularly, because new tickets may become available. That’s because certain artists, like Willie Nelson, have fan clubs that have exclusive access to tickets, but if the club members don’t buy them, they can be sold to the general public.

“We continue to encourage everyone who is interested in the latest information about Sweetland Amphitheatre events, ticket sales and releases to go to our website and subscribe to our e-newsletter,” Eiland also said.

So far, based on ticket sales, Eiland said Sweetland seems to be a big hit with locals in particular.

“About 95 percent of the people (who bought tickets) were from LaGrange, which is great,” she said. “We had a couple from Lanett, (Alabama,) Dothan, (Alabama,) Grantville, Hamilton, Newnan, Warm Springs and West Point.”

Sweetland will also welcome people from far away, though, like one ticket holder from Riverside, Illinois.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit www.sweetland.events or call 706-298-5434.

DATES AND PRICES

• Friday, March 18, 10 a.m.:

General admission season tickets on sale ($145)

• April 1, 10 a.m.:

Single-concert tickets on sale (prices vary)

• April 16: Four Decades of Music Concert

Lawn: $15

Reserved: $25

Premium Reserved: $35

Terrace Box: $325

VIP Table: $500

• May 29: Willie Nelson and Friends with Cam and American Aquarium

Lawn: $35

Reserved: $50

Premium Reserved: $60

Terrace Box: $500

VIP Table: $725

• June 17: The Temptations with Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics

Lawn: $22

Reserved: $35

Premium Reserved: $45

Terrace Box: $450

VIP Table: $625

• July 3: Charlie Daniels with open act to be determined

Lawn: $22

Reserved: $35

Premium Reserved: $45

Terrace Box: $450

VIP Table: $625

NOTE: Prices do not include processing fees. More shows to be announced at a later date.

TO BUY TICKETS

Tickets are sold online. Visit www.sweetland.events online to make a purchase or learn more.

Tyler H. Jones is a reporter with LaGrange Daily News. He may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2155.