Sleepover at Ball State for The Fray concert tickets

Hundreds spend the night to be first in line

By Rick Yencer

MUNCIE, INDIANA (ENTERTAINMENT) -  Elizabeth Larson thought it might be her last chance to see The Fray before she graduates.

Like hundreds of other students, Larson camped out Thursday night in Emens Auditorium to get front row seats to The Fray concert on Sept. 10.

More than 500 students awoke to a driving rain when the ticket office opened at 7 a.m. By 6 p.m., more than 1,300 tickets had been sold, making for a very busy day at the box office, said Kristi Chambers, Emens assistant director.

Outside, Levi Park and his friends had a tent to keep the rain out. Park, who was used to sleeping on concrete from his days with Occupy Muncie, said he was just hanging out with friends.

Emens did lots of giveaways to engage students who began lining up before 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon. There was pizza, donuts and other snacks besides Fray music and t-shirts.

Molly Vawter just started Ball State this month, and it will be the first time she attended The Fray concert.

She like others, like the pop rock of Joe King and Issac Slade who formed the band in 2002 and had a smash hit Over My Head that topped the Billboard chart with the first album going double platinum.

Their influences like the Wallflowers and Counting Crows have kept them popular for more than a decade. Their current tour, Helios, have seen some sellouts.

Locally, student tickets at $10 for general or $15 for a pit spot are low compared to the $50 or $100 tickets sold for their concerts.

Emens designated The Fray as a student concert, but it will be open to the public if it does not sell out. Faculty and staff can buy tickets on Aug. 29 and the general public sale is Sept. 3 if tickets are still available for the 3,300 seat venue.

It is the first time The Fray played in Muncie after it took a few years for Emens to book them. Emens is celebrating its 50th anniversary and has a variety of shows and concerts this year. Just go to the Ball State University website where there is a link for Emens.



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