WUStock moves to Pageant, early tickets run out in under two hours
The Office of Residential Life ran out of all early tickets to Sunday’s WUStock concert at approximately 6:15 p.m Friday.
They will have 250 more tickets to give out at the Clocktower on Sunday before the concert.
Hundreds of students lined up outside the ResLife Office Friday evening to get tickets for the concert being held in the Pageant instead of on the Swamp due to weather concerns.
Some arrived in line an hour before tickets were to go on sale and waited for two hours before being told they were sold out. Students were able to pick up tickets for themselves and a friend, if they had their friend’s ID.
Due to a communication issue, some students were able to walk away with three tickets each instead of two.
Many students were frustrated by the process.
“This is legitimately the biggest letdown of my college career,” said junior Josh Smith, who was waiting in the line since 4:30 and just outside the door when they ran out.
“It’s bulls—,” junior Marty Schoen, who was standing in line with Smith, said. “Moving it [from the Swamp] was unfair. The most unfair thing was that they let people use an ID to get in even if they weren’t waiting in line.”
Students living in ResLife housing were notified about the ticket distribution system at 2:36 p.m.
“It’s a disappointment. I didn’t go see Macklemore at South by Southwest last week because I was so certain that I wanted to see it all out,” senior Tori Wesezich said. “And since I live off campus I did not get the email so I did not find out until right before.”
The Pageant, located on the Delmar Loop at 6161 Delmar, has a capacity of 2,000. The Swamp has a capacity of around 1500 students, but there would have been additional room available outside the technical perimeter for people to watch the concert.
250 tickets were reserved ahead of times for students and their guests, and the 250 tickets remaining will be given out on Sunday at the Clocktower.
Shuttles will be available to transport students to the Pageant, leaving from the Clocktower beginning at 12:30 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Sophomore Yuwen Memon, chair of CS40′s swamp committee, said the move was a disappointing one but was a decision made with the best interests of the event.
“It’s no longer WUStock any more, it’s more of a Macklemore concert,” Memon said. “It’s just not going to be the same atmosphere.”
Seoul Taco will still be providing free tacos at the event and guest tickets already distributed will be honored.
Assistant director for Residential Life, Valronica Sales, has not yet been reached for comment.