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Ticketmaster Glitch Releases Inaugural Ball Tickets to Public Early

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC)- A Sunday evening email system check is to blame for an inadvertent early release of tickets to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Inaugural Ball, according to a Ticketmaster.com statement.

Tickets for the Jan. 21 event were originally scheduled to go on sale Monday morning, but “a significant number of public tickets” were sold Sunday due to the mistake.

The 2013 Presidential Inauguration Committee website says tickets are no longer available. Several people who had signed up to be notified about ticketing information lamented the mistake on the committee’s Facebook page Sunday night.

“I wonder what the President would think of the way that this was handled – telling the public one thing and then turning around and doing another!!” wrote one complainant.

“Dear Presidential Inauguration team: You sent an email stating that we would be able to purchase tickets tomorrow and then sent another email a few hours later telling us to purchase them ASAP. I am disappointed in your unclear instructions. I would appreciate a response,” another commented.

The committee said the early release of tickets, however inadvertent, was consistent with its earlier statement that a limited number of public tickets would be available on a first come, first served basis.

Get everything you need to know about Inauguration Day – including events and public transportation – at CBSDC.com/Inauguration.

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